Wageningen University & Research: Grand Finals Urban Greenhouse Challenge #3

After working for eight months to reshape urban food production in a low-income, food oppressed community in Washington DC, ten international teams of students will compete in the finals of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge #3 on the 29 June 2022.

During the Grand Finals, the students will present their concepts and be judged by an international jury including Nona Yehia (Vertical Harvest, USA), Patricia Paiva (ISHS, Brazil) and Meiny Prins (Priva, The Netherlands). The three winning teams will receive their money prizes of € 10.000, € 3.000, and € 1.500, respectively.

The programme includes a Designers’ Market where teams will present their concepts, and an Award Ceremony with presentations from Dhanush Dinesh (Clim-EAT), Sabine O’Hara (University of the District of Columbia) and Gert Spaargaren (Wageningen University & Research). Throughout the event, our media partners, Renee Snijders and Ed Smit from Eat This, will be broadcasting a radio show live on paprikatastyradio.

With this event, the Urban Greenhouse Challenge series by WUR will come to an end, as this will be the very last edition. The Social Impact Edition was achieved in partnership with the University of the District of Columbia in Washington DC and counted with the participation of 260 students from 70 universities in 20 countries around the world. Among the ten finalists are teams from the USA, Peru, China, Colombia and the Netherlands.

What is the ‘Urban Greenhouse Challenge #3 – Social Impact Edition’?
The ‘Urban Greenhouse Challenge’ is an international student competition that, every two years, aims to catalyse innovation in the realm of urban farming. The third (and last) edition of the Challenge focuses on creating an urban farm concept that ensures year-round sustainable and affordable food production, but also generates income for the local residents of Ward 7, a low-income neighbourhood in Washington DC, USA. Find out more on the website of Urban Greenhouse Challenge.