Invitation SMALL-SCALE FOOD PRODUCTION SYSTEMS (MICRO-FARMING): PERSPECTIVES FOR SUSTAINABLE LAND USE 24th and 25th of April 2018 in Tulln

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SMALL-SCALE FOOD PRODUCTION SYSTEMS (MICRO-FARMING): PERSPECTIVES FOR SUSTAINABLE LAND USE

 

Small-scale food production in micro-farming systems is increasingly attracting attention by farmers, consumers and scientists as a possible solution to the manifold ecological and economic dilemma of agriculture and food supply. Such systems typically involve intense labour and aim at high and diverse productivity on small pieces of land. Micro-farming has been employed in weak economies (subsidence agriculture) for meeting the own demands of food, and more recently becomes popular as alternative to conventional food supply systems for citizen and entrepreneurs also in wealthy regions, e.g. the "market gardener" company based in Canada. While micro-farming appears promising for meeting the increasing demand for high quality and quantity of food supply under different economic and social settings, in-depth evaluation of their sustainability is yet required. This includes various dimensions such as the origin, rate and quality of energy, organic matter, nutrient and water inputs, as well as the economic viability and implications for food security and safety if micro-farming is to become a substantial contributor to food supply. This conference brings together practitioners, experts, scientists and students from the Danube region and other parts of the world to demonstrate and discuss the opportunities and challenges for sustainable soil and land uses in the context of micro-farming.

 

Programmedraft

SMALL-SCALE FOOD PRODUCTION SYSTEMS (MICRO-FARMING): PERSPECTIVES FOR SUSTAINABLE LAND USE

Tuesday, 24th of April 2018:

• Morning Session at UFT - Introduction to the topic, case studies from different regions

• Afternoon session at the research farm of Alfred Grand, Absdorf (demonstration to healthy soil, agroforrest, marketgarden, vermicompost)

• Evening: dinner at "Heurigen" in Absdorf

 

Wednesday, 25th of April 2018:

8:30 bis 9:30 Working Group of Danube Countries focusing on Soil Protection and Sustianable Landuse

9:30 bis 12:00 Workshop „SMALL-SCALE FOOD PRODUCTION SYSTEMS (MICRO-FARMING) Saladin/US (inquired)

12:00  Exibition of coulouer of the earth

13:00  Best practise models of  SMALL-SCALE FOOD PRODUCTION SYSTEMS (MICRO-FARMING): PERSPECTIVES FOR SUSTAINABLE LAND USE

  • Joel Saladin (Polyface farm USA) (inquired)
  • Jeff Moyer (Rodal Institut USA) (inquired)
  • Brian Oldreive (Foundation for Farming Zimbabwe)
  • Anton Reinl ( chamber of agricukture Austria)„ sustainable farming in EU contex"
  • Othmar Nestroy TU Graz "Soiltyps and food production in Danube Countries ."

 

from 16:00 Workshops: sustainability assessment of micro-farming systems:

Three parallel Workshops covering different aspects of the development and sustainability assessment of micro-farming systems:

  • Workshop I: Development of efficient and easy-to-apply management options for different social and environmental (soil, climate) settings
    • Low bed / constructed bed ...
    • Crop rotation
    • Intercropping systems
    • Pest control
    • Implications for productivity
  • Workshop II: Sustainability assessment of micro-farming systems addressing origin, quantity and quality of inputs and outputs:
    • Humus / substrates
    • Nutrients and water
    • Energy
    • Labour
  • Workshop III: Micro-scale farming and implications for food and soil quality
    • Inorganic pollutants
    • Organic pollutants
    • Biotic contaminants
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    • Workshop IV International Foundations for Farming
      Indicators for sucessfull communities in Afrika, Amerika and Europe

 

Cooperational Conference of ARGE Donauländer, CASSEE, BOKU, Healthacross, SONDAR

 

Contaactperson:
Klemens Rybaczek (Verein BIENE)
mail: klemens.rybaczek@biene-etzwerk.at
tel: +43664 538 93 77