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EdiCitNet Monthly Update

Dear EdiCitNet friends,

First and foremost, we want to wish you a Happy New Year! Hopefully 2022 will bring you and your loved ones plenty of joyful moments and new discoveries. To start with, here is a selection of the latest news and events related to the Edible City! 

Making Cities Edible – The EdiCitNet Conference 

On February 16th and 17th, join the Edible Cities Network for its 1st ever Annual Conference, held live online. Making Cities Edible will bring together leading researchers, policymakers and city administrators, civil society actors, green city activists and entrepreneurs to explore the potentials, challenges and future development of urban food innovation for greener, more liveable and more resilient cities. Whether you are a newcomer to the topic of urban food innovation, or a seasoned professional, Making Cities Edible is an event you don’t want to miss! Learn how Edible City Solutions – from community kitchens to urban farms – can make our cities better places to live. The registration process is now open and you can find out more and sign up here

EdiCitNet Global Lunch Talks: Urban Food Innovation

The new year brings new formats to EdiCitNet! In the bi-monthly webinar series EdiCitNet Global Lunch Talks we are exploring experiences from different countries around the world: challenges, opportunities and best practice cases for greener, more liveable and more edible cities. On January 13th, in the first webinar of this series, the Guangzhou City Team will join us to explain more about their city’s approach to ECS and how they have successfully embedded urban agriculture into the city landscape. Find out more and register here.

Carthage Food Mapping Workshop

The first hybrid workshop on food mapping in WP4 took place partly in Carthage partly online. The City Team Carthage hosted a meeting with participants while the organization and facilitation was digital, organized by University of Brighton and BOKU. This hybrid setting was the first of its kind in WP4 and helped to gain crucial information regarding the master planning process. In vivid discussions participants dived into Carthage’s food system, the open green spaces, spatial classifications and finally in a mapping exercise.

News from the Andernach Community Garden

The Perspektive gGmbH has done good work, preparing the Community Garden for 2022 - a new shrub formation as wind breaker and bird retreat, rhubarb for the early harvest in spring and planted new raspberries in the trellis formation (pictured below). Four donated trees have found a new home in the Community Garden. This and other information about the City Teams can be found on the CMT. Feel free to register if you want to keep up to date. 

Kindergarten Biodiversity Workshop and Children Harvest in Andernach

"Andernach Kindergartens - Enhancing Biodiversity and near-natural playgrounds" A cooperation between the City of Andernach, EdiCitNet, the county of Mayen-Koblenz, the Project "Mehr als nur Grün - More than Green" and Ms. Hildebrandt. 
 

7 daycare centers actively participated in the workshop. Part 1, the evaluation of the own kindergarten garden by experts, was carried out in October 2021. Part 2, the "Learning to Read” the garden area was carried out on November 17, 2021. During the session, participants were able to examine the St. Marien Kindergarten area with an evaluation sheet and sharpen their awareness of biodiversity. The workshop will continue in spring 2022 with the implementation of measures in one daycare center.

Furthermore, at the end of last year, 60 children and teenagers participated in a big harvesting event, where they collected around 30kg of sunchokes, plus the typical for the season pumpkins. The event was covered by the press and you can read the article, in German, here
 

Beetle Monitoring can indicate Global Warming

EdiCitNet partner NIBIO and the City Team in Andernach participated in this study where beetles were surveyed using pitfall traps in a community garden in Andernach. Two years of data (2020 and 2021) revealed a beetle fauna characteristic of sandy, warm and dry habitats. Sporadic findings include species typical for the Mediterranean. Find out more here.

EdiCitNet Refresher

This month's featured term is: 

Edible City Solution Initiatives (ECSI): ECSI 
are organisations which work with Edible City Solutions and utilise their products and (ecosystem) services. ECSIs promote urban transformation processes by enhancing societal cohesion and green economic growth. ECSIs can be both profit-oriented in nature - such as start- ups and small or medium-sized businesses - or non-profit, such as NGOs.

You can also check the publicly available glossary on our webpage. 

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