Agroecological Community
Urban agriculture is not agriculture.

Yes, some urban farming initiatives are symbolic attempts that serve as an excuse for policy makers not to engage with land-based farmers in the urban fringes and beyond. Other urban agriculture initiatives do make a difference and challenge the way the city is organised today. They are an inspiration for a model of urbanisation that shifts the focus from expensive greenwashing projects to creating enabling environments where the conditions are right, soils are cared for, land is made available, training is adequate, and logistics are in tune. Many urban agriculture projects reconnect city dwellers with food, seasons, living soils and help to stimulate community building. These are all important elements for the recognition of professional land-based agriculture as an indispensable asset to the (peri-)urban agenda.