Promoting education and training in urban agriculture building on international projects at the Research Centre on Urban Environment for Agriculture and Biodiversity
Giuseppina Pennisi is a PhD student in Agriculture, Forest and Food Science at the University of Turin, Italy. For her doctorate (2016-2019), she is working on the use of LED lights for indoor cultivation of leafy vegetables. She is evaluating how light quality (in terms of different red:blue ratios in the spectrum) can affect physiology, metabolism and resources use efficiency of lettuce and basil plants. The aim of her paper entitled “Promoting education and training in urban agriculture building on international projects at the Research Centre on Urban Environment for Agriculture and Biodiversity” was to present a combined methodology for the creation of innovative educational tools on urban agriculture. The study describes six European projects with different end-users that led to the development of different educational tools adapted to diverse training needs. Adult education and social inclusion through informal study curricula are the subjects of the HORTIS and SALUS W SPACE projects. GARDENStoGROW is mainly focused on childhood education. The development of curricula for higher education systems is the topic of URBAN GREEN TRAIN and BUGI projects. Finally, SustUrbanFoods is a research project integrating an analysis of the three spheres of sustainability in existing urban agriculture experiences.
Giuseppina Pennisi won an ISHS Young Minds Award for the best oral presentation at the VII International Conference on Landscape and Urban Horticulture at IHC2018 in Turkey in August 2018.
Giuseppina Pennisi, University of Turin, Viale Giuseppe Fanin 44, Bologna, Italy, e-mail: email@example.com