First episode of Urban Greenhouse Talks released – Urban Ag News

Wageningen, February 14, 2022 / Wageningen University and Research The first episode of the Urban Greenhouse Talks podcast will air on February 14, 2022 and will be available on PodBean Canal. This five-episode podcast series explores the world of urban agriculture through the prism of Urban Greenhouse Challenge # 3, an international student competition organized by Wageningen University & Research.

In the first episode, hosts Renee Snijders and Ed Smit look back at the origins of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge and examine how urban agriculture has changed over the past 10 years. They interview the competition’s godfather, Prof. Gert Spaargaren (WUR), the “brain” behind the third social impact edition, Dr. Sigrid Wertheim-Heck (WUR) and Henry Gordon Smith, who is the CEO and founder of Architecture (one of the partners of the Challenge).

This segment will also look at the future of urban agriculture. Guests will discuss the role of food innovation in relation to social innovation and the value of local communities as part of new advances in the sector. “Greenhouses must meet the needs of society,” said Dr. Wertheim-Heck, who argued in favor of Prof. Spaargaren’s observation that “the food agenda should follow the social agenda.” Henry Gordon-Smith will share examples of urban agriculture projects that successfully meet social needs.

The first episode of the podcast aims to inspire Urban Greenhouse Challenge participants and urban agriculture professionals to rethink urban food production. Instead of focusing solely on technical and financial issues, the podcast invites everyone to include social impact in the equation.

Urban Greenhouse Talks is produced by Wageningen University & Research in collaboration with Eat that. It aims to channel the expertise of various leaders in the urban agriculture sector.

Link to listen to / download the episode

What is the “Urban Greenhouse Challenge # 3”?

Urban Greenhouse Challenge is an international competition for students that aims to catalyze innovation in urban agriculture. The third edition of the Challenge focuses on creating an urban farm concept that ensures sustainable and affordable food production throughout the year, while generating income for residents of Ward 7, a neighborhood in Washington DC, USA. Read more about Urban Greenhouse Challenge.

About the challenges of WUR students:

Wageningen University & Research organizes challenges for students around the world and supports WUR teams participating in student competitions through WUR Student Challenges. These challenges are a unique and enriching opportunity for students to work on real life issues and make a difference. Find out more about opportunities for both students and sponsored businesses. First episode of Urban Greenhouse Talks released – Urban Ag News

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