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Urban Agriculture and Community Food Systems

Urban Agriculture and Community Food Systems

Urban Agriculture: The production, processing, distribution, and sale of food within urban and suburban areas for noncommercial/hobby, commercial, educational, or nonprofit purposes. Examples of these activities include: food producing gardens (community, backyard, institutional, market, or rooftop); edible landscaping; bee, poultry, and animal keeping; farmers’ markets, CSAs, mobile produce trucks; urban or market farms; and innovative food-production methods, such as hydroponics, aquaponics, and aquaculture.

What is Urban Agriculture?
Benefits of Urban Agriculture

Organizations with useful resources for producers

If you are an urban farmer looking for more resources in commercial business development, marketing, production, or planning and management of your small farm(s), or are seeking assistance or resources in horticulture management, please visit the Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises at:

  • Organizations

    Farmers Market Coalition: Organization promoting local food, famers’ markets, direct marketing. Has resources, research, etc. Farmers Market Coalition

    National Gardening Association: Organization to promote gardening, teach gardening skills, provide research information, plant/growing information. They have a section on urban gardening, which provides articles on urban gardening. They also have a section on edible landscaping.

    Organic Farming Research Foundation: Provides research, grants, resources pertaining to organic farming.

    Organic Trade Association: Research on policy, marketing, issues related to organic products.

    USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps producers plan and implement conservation practices to support the environmental sustainability of their organic operations, see their Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

Benefits of Urban Agriculture - Infographic