Urban Agriculture

**CURRENT OPPORTUNITY TO CONTRIBUTE TO OUR RESEARCH** If you are 18+ years old and live in metropolitan South Australia, you are eligible to complete our Online Survey investigating household urban agriculture, community resilience and climate change (CLICK HERE)


Half of the world’s population now lives in cities, a number projected to increase to 68% by 2050. As people move to cities they become increasingly disconnected from their food, both geographically and conceptually. The practice of cultivating and producing food in towns and cities – urban agriculture – can make a significant contribution to food supply.

Urban agriculture has been flagged as a key strategy for global food security. As in most farming systems, safe and healthy soil is the cornerstone of sustainable, efficient production, but relatively little is known about the status of urban agriculture soils and how to manage them. In order to consider urban agriculture as an effective farming systems, data about the spatial and resource requirements for self-sufficiency is required. Further, the potential of urban agriculture to build community resilience in the face of climate change is another critical area of investigation.
Our research team are considering all of these aspects!

Meet the research team

In the media

2022

Harnessing rainwater for self-sufficient veggie gardens (ft. Isobel Hume & Prof. Tim Cavagnaro)

**OPEN** Participants wanted for online survey on urban agriculture and community resilience (ft. Hannah Thwaites & Prof. Tim Cavagnaro)

Fennel looking a bit feeble? Growing enough veggies to feed yourself depends on these 3 things (ft. Isobel Hume, Dr Matt Salomon & Prof. Tim Cavagnaro)

Feast or famine: The state of food security in Australia (ft. Prof. Tim Cavagnaro)

2021

More than enough yard to have your lawn and eat it too (ft. Isobel Hume & Prof. Tim Cavagnaro)

Urban agriculture shows self-sufficiency is achievable (ft. Isobel Hume & Prof. Tim Cavagnaro)

2020

Are our soils healthy enough to grow our own food? (ft. Dr Matt Salomon & Prof. Tim Cavagnaro)

Check out a recent interview on Urban Agriculture appearing in Cosmos:

Visit our Publications page for examples of our recent work.