On June 8th, we had our final workshop on urban agriculture in the Dutch city of Eindhoven. Together with the organization Proeftuin040 and stakeholders representing a range of perspectives (e.g. urban food initiatives, housing corporation, municipality of Eindhoven, regional government, NGOs, and social welfare institutions among other parties) we dived into three different scenarios and reflected on how the preliminary urban agriculture vision for Eindhoven looked like against these possible future contexts.
We kickstarted the workshop by briefly presenting the three scenarios that participants were asked to work with, in this way all participants had an idea of the whole range of futures being used in the exercise. These three scenarios were local adaptations from the ones developed through our EU-level workshops and outlined three potential futures for 2030. That meant that scenarios were infused with locally relevant features and events related to design and technology, (power) dynamics and control of innovation processes, inflow and outflow of expert labor, green and cultural development, social inequality, etc.
The group of 11 participants split into three sub groups; each took a deep look at the scenario and brainstormed about what implications it had in terms of social dynamics, spatial development, economy, nature and recreation, among others. Afterwards the groups also discussed short-term developments that had to happen for that scenario to unfold in that specific direction. These developments covered a range of themes from local governance changes to macro natural and geo-political developments. Participants were then asked to reflect on the impact of this scenario in terms of urban agriculture; questions around the implications in terms of education and training, social cohesion, economy and the professionalization of urban agriculture kept our participants busy. Finally, the groups reviewed the working vision on urban agriculture developed by our partners at Proeftuin040 and discussed how it would perform given the different scenarios, this generated valuable input as participants identified areas where the manifesto (and connected action points) could be reinforced.
The workshop was a great exercise in imagining how different futures would enable or hinder the development of urban agriculture and more in general sustainable food systems in Eindhoven. It also provided great insight for further developing the urban agriculture vision for the city
For us at Transmango all the data gathered through this and past workshops will allow a closer look at how emerging urban food policies articulate the role of urban agriculture, as well as that of the city government amongst other stakeholders, in creating a sustainable and food secure city.