Growing a Greener City in Paris + Toronto

September 18th 2023. 14:30 to 18:00

Monday, September 18 

2:30 – 6:00 PM

The Pit, Architecture Building (ARC), 325 Church Street

This public forum features speakers from AgroParisTech sharing their successes at building support for urban agriculture and demonstrating the social and ecological benefits of growing food in the city.

Registration for both in-person and live Zoom events are free.

Zoom webinar:


2:30 - 3:00 Welcome and background to the AgroParisTech visit

3:00 - 4:15 PM Panel 1: How to build support for urban agriculture 

  • Christine Aubry: How AgroParisTech/INRAE supports public and private urban agriculture actors
  • Taoufik Souami: Agriculture in urban development projects in Greater Paris
  • Questions & commentary from local respondents: Jane Hayes 

4:15 - 4:45 PM Break

4:45 - 6:00 PM Panel 2:  Food as urban ecology 

  • Agnès Lelièvre: Resource-use efficiency for sustainable city food systems. Lessons from two European programmes 
  • Giulia Giacchè: Urban agriculture as a source of ecological and cultural services   
  • Questions & commentary from local respondents: Lorraine Johnson and Emma Tamlin

This is just a taste of 9 days of celebrating Toronto-grown food and the people who grow it! See more Toronto Urban Agriculture Week events at

This event is organised by TMU’s Centre for Studies in Food Security, Chang School for Continuing Education, Department of Architectural Science, TMU Urban Farm, TMU Global, and Toronto Urban Growers, with support from the Consulate General of France at Toronto.

Click here for more information about the speakers.