Sustainable Cities, a panel discussion about the multifunctionality of urban farms as hubs of production, social interaction, education and diversity, is just one of many exciting events to look forward to at this year’s Urban Agriculture Conference from May 15 – 17.
Rose Brook had the pleasure to meet and interview panelist Marie Dehaene. Born in Tours, France and living in Paris, Marie started her career as a landscape architect and has travelled extensively around the world to consult the city government of Paris about sustainable urban agriculture.
She will be jetting off again this summer in North America, working with international cross-disciplinary teams based in Montreal, Chicago and Paris for a research project detailed on French language website roofscape.org. Marie is also working on publishing a book about urban agriculture to be written in French.
What was it about urban agriculture that interested you initially?
People ask, “Why are you doing that?” Actually, it’s normal to me. I couldn’t choose between horticulture and landscape architecture. Growing things as well. I love food, giving importance to food and maybe changing the system. Everything I like, I can find in urban ag.
You have to deal with many things — social projects, environmental projects. You get to work with a lot of people from different backgrounds. The project in the South Bronx is going to be really different from a hip one in Williamsburg. That’s what I like. You don’t get bored.