The shifts needed for a transformation of food systems At Forum for the
Known as CAPÉ, the Coopérative pour l'Agriculture de proximité écologique brings together more than 150 certified organic farms and more than a hundred other members across Québec. As its name says, it is involved in making Québec agriculture more ecological, as well as promoting the short circuit, in physical proximity, but also, and especially, social proximity with the consumer; the CAPÉ represents the majority of Québec farms offering organic baskets.
At first glance, one might wonder what a farm 40 minutes out of Albany, NY has to do with our two conferences at the heart of the movement for economic and social transformation in cities. But actually, it makes perfect sense. For starters, urban centres and their surroundings are interdependent, enmeshed together. Second, Soul Fire Farm itself is situated outside of the city but completely linked to it, as its mission is born from the needs and dreams of its urban community.
Great story from Chiang Mai, Thailand, where Supawut Boonmahathanakorn, a community architect who works on housing solutions, managed to get permission from the city to organise an urban farm.