Urban Agriculture


City and suburban agriculture takes the form of backyard, roof-top and balcony gardening, community gardening in vacant lots and parks, roadside urban fringe agriculture and livestock grazing in open space. Explore information and tools on urban agriculture.

Guide to Urban Farming in New York State

Cornell Small Farms Program.

This guide informs urban farmers about farming in or near urban centers, raising urban livestock, urban crop production, business planning and financing, marketing, codes and regulations, and much more. It identifies subject experts, Extension resources, factsheets, and topical publications. PDF also available.

Urban Agriculture - Best Practices and Possibilities (PDF | 738KB)

University of Missouri Extension Service.

"This report provides an overview of urban agriculture and local food system resources and practices across the United States and parts of Canada, with a primary emphasis on providing resources that can encourage and support urban agriculture in Missouri’s metropolitan areas." The Urban Agriculture project Website includes a searchable database of urban agriculture resources, articles, educational information, and zoning ordinances in the U.S. and Canada.

Urban Agriculture.

University of California.

What is urban farming? Find information on starting an urban farm, business management, agricultural production, food safety, laws and regulations, community and school gardens, and more.

USDA Blog: People's Garden

United States Department of Agriculture.

Features updates related to USDA People's Garden initiative and community food. See specific posts tagged "People's Garden".

Urban Farm Business Plan Handbook

Partnership for Sustainable Communities.

The Handbook provides guidance for organizations or communities interested in developing an urban farm on vacant sites or cleaned brownfields. It instructs on writing a business plan and developing marketing, operating and financial strategies. Worksheets are provided.

Community Supported Agriculture or Urban Agriculture & Local, Sustainable Food Systems

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Focuses on brownfield redevelopment for urban agriculture projects. Outlines steps for starting a project; links to success stories and current urban agriculture projects; identifies information and resources available from federal agencies and non-governmental organizations; posts frequent questions and answers; and identifies presentations and other educational materials.

Urban and Community Agriculture

National Center for Appropriate Technology. ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.

Farming in urban areas is a local food system that offers alternatives land use, employment opportunities, community meal programs, energy and transportation cost savings, and more.

Urban Farming Photo Gallery

Time Inc.

Images of urban farming, vertical farms, victory gardens, rooftop gardens, and Community Supported Agriculture projects.

City Farmer

Canada's Office of Urban Agriculture.

Comprehensive compilation of information about urban agriculture. Includes resources from The Urban Agriculture Network (TUAN) as well as reports about rooftop gardening, micro-livestock, small-scale aquaculture, vermicomposting and more.

Urban Agriculture and Community Food Security in the United States: Farming from the City Center to the Urban Fringe

Community Food Security Coalition. Urban Agriculture Committee.

Overview of the many types of urban agriculture in the United States and their impact on community food security, challenges facing urban agriculture and key policy changes that can further expand the effectiveness of urban agriculture. A list of contacts and resources is included.

Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Forestry

Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Forestry (RUAF).

Global resource center initiated by the international Support Group on Urban Agriculture. Site includes a comprehensive bibliography, contacts and experts, links, publications, UA Magazine and a discussion group.

Food for the Cities

United Nations. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

International perspectives on urban food security and nutrition, urban and periurban food production and land tenure, food marketing and distribution and more.

Urban Soil Issues

USDA. Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Surveys, links and guides including the Urban Soil Primer - an introduction to urban soils for homeowners and renters, local planning boards, property managers, students and educators.