In 2019 Carl Pickens travelled to Europe on a Winston Churchill Fellowship to study world leading practice in Urban Agriculture. His intention was to explore how urban agriculture is contributing to community resilience (economic, social, environmental) and food security in Central & Western Europe - places where urban agriculture has been enjoying a renaissance in recent years.
The presentation will be followed by a discussion on how these projects relate to a New Zealand context and explore what lessons might be applied here on Auckland's North Shore.
Discover the projects Carl visited, including a visionary rooftop farm in Antwerps Green Quarter; a CSA 20 minutes by bike from central Amsterdam; an edible town in northern England; a project enabled by the Parisculteurs municipal growing initiative; and a farm in coastal Oslo where the community has built a building in the form of a viking ship (they bake bread there).
About Carl Pickens
Carl Pickens is a landscape architect / organic grower and principal of Carl Pickens Landscape Architects. His particular interests include sustainability of all kinds, permaculture, food security, native plants and ecology, and working closely with local communities to enhance all these things.
Carl has been involved with Kaipātiki Project for over 5 years on our permaculture and urban agriculture design requirements at both of our nursery sites.