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  • 1. WHY URBAN AGRICULTURE Sustainable Opportunities Summit Food Panel: March 4, 2010 © Feed Denver Urban Farms & Markets, 2010
  • 2. CHANGING PERCEPTIONS: AGRICULTURE MOVES TO THE CITY LISA ROGERS FEED DENVER: Urban Farms & Markets © Feed Denver Urban Farms & Markets, 2010
  • 3. WHERE DOES YOUR FOOD COME FROM? © Feed Denver Urban Farms & Markets, 2010
  • 4. The Challenge Energy Crisis Agriculture Crisis Health Crisis © Feed Denver Urban Farms & Markets, 2010
  • 5. The Challenge Energy Crisis Agriculture Crisis Health Crisis © Feed Denver Urban Farms & Markets, 2010
  • 6. The Challenge Energy Crisis Agriculture Crisis Health Crisis © Feed Denver Urban Farms & Markets, 2010
  • 7. The Numbers .2 5. 7 4.9 3.2 5.5 Denver Metropolitan Region Local Farm & Food Economy (Highlights of a data compilation), Ken Meter, Crossroads Resource Center (Minneapolis, MN) for Civic Results (Denver, Co) 5/27/08 © Feed Denver Urban Farms & Markets, 2010
  • 8. The  .2%: : How much of Numbers our food is produced in Colorado .2  $5.7 BILLION: How much we spend on food in Colorado 5.7  $4.9 million: How much we food we buy 4.9 directly from Colorado farmers  $3.2 BILLION: How much we could be 3.2 buying from Colorado farmers 5.5  $5.5 BILLION: How much money we send outside of Colorado (and USA) for food Denver Metropolitan Region Local Farm & Food Economy (Highlights of a data compilation), Ken Meter, Crossroads Resource Center (Minneapolis, MN) for Civic Results (Denver, Co) 5/27/08 © Feed Denver Urban Farms & Markets, 2010
  • 9. The Solution CITY FOOD FOR CITY PEOPLE Growing Real Food Near Where People Eat It © Feed Denver Urban Farms & Markets, 2010
  • 10. URBAN AGRICULTURE: GROWING REAL FOOD NEAR WHERE PEOPLE EAT IT Urban farms are more Urban farms use less productive fossil fuel Grower to grower: Creating a livelihood on a fresh market vegetable garden, John Hendrickson, CIAS Outreach Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, October 2005 © Feed Denver Urban Farms & Markets, 2010
  • 11. URBAN AGRICULTURE: GROWING REAL FOOD NEAR WHERE PEOPLE EAT IT Urban farming is a Creates the stable, productive business greenest of jobs © Feed Denver Urban Farms & Markets, 2010
  • 12. URBAN AGRICULTURE: GROWING REAL FOOD NEAR WHERE PEOPLE EAT IT New Strengthen Untapped fresh food cottage food market for distribution industry local food streams © Feed Denver Urban Farms & Markets, 2010
  • 13. URBAN AGRICULTURE: GROWING REAL FOOD NEAR WHERE PEOPLE EAT IT Education and Community and re-training culture building opportunities © Feed Denver Urban Farms & Markets, 2010
  • 14. THE ULTIMATE GOAL City Food for City People Local • Farming entrepreneurs Economy make a living Green • New businesses creating Jobs thousands of green jobs Improved • Access to fresh, healthy, Health affordable, local food © Feed Denver Urban Farms & Markets, 2010
  • 15. MEET DENVER’S URBAN FARMERS © Feed Denver Urban Farms & Markets, 2010
  • 16. BACKYARD AND NEIGHBORHOOD FARMS  Urban farming  CSA shareholder model  Edible Landscaping © Feed Denver Urban Farms & Markets, 2010
  • 17. COMMUNITY–BASED CITY FARMS Established communities like churches, clubs, and member organizations Community Gardens CSA co-op model Community network Using under-utilized community land © Feed Denver Urban Farms & Markets, 2010
  • 18. Urban Livestock  Dairy and protein production  City sized animals in appropriate city sized numbers  Honey, eggs, milks, cheeses © Feed Denver Urban Farms & Markets, 2010
  • 19. COMMERCIAL URBAN FARMS & MARKETS  Vertical Greenhouse Farming  Bio-Intensive, Year-Round Production  Aquaculture Fish Farming  Farm Marketplace © Feed Denver Urban Farms & Markets, 2010
  • 20. The Small Family Farm Moves to the City © Feed Denver Urban Farms & Markets, 2010
  • 21. WHERE CAN YOUR FOOD COME FROM? © Feed Denver Urban Farms & Markets, 2010
  • 22. What Feed Denver is Doing  Model Farm & Training Center  We are a Growing Power Regional Outreach Training Center working with Will Allen and his team.  Community-Based Pilot Programs  Working with neighborhood communities to establish farm businesses bringing green jobs and enterprise.  Main Street Urban Farms with Markets  Entrepreneurial Main Street turn-key businesses  City Farms Foundation  Micro-lending and resource sharing program. © Feed Denver Urban Farms & Markets, 2010
  • 23. GROWING POWER REGIONAL TRAINING CENTER  International leaders in urban agriculture  Will Allen, founder, 2008 MacArthur Genius Grant  Establishing Regional Training programs throughout the USA © Feed Denver Urban Farms & Markets, 2009
  • 24. Urban Agriculture Makes a Better City Fresh Local Food Production Better School & Better Community Institutional Food Health Stronger Stable Jobs & Restaurant Skills Training Industry Supplemental Reinvigorated Income & Small Cottage Food Business Industry Opportunity © Feed Denver Urban Farms & Markets,2010
  • 25. WHERE DOES YOUR FOOD COME FROM? © Feed Denver Urban Farms & Markets, 2010
  • 26. FEED DENVER: URBAN FARMS & MARKETS Sustainable Opportunities Summit Food Panel: March 4, 2010 © Feed Denver Urban Farms & Markets, 2010