Urban farming practices

According to the North American Urban Agriculture Committee, urban agriculture is “the production, distribution and marketing [and disposal] of food and other products within the cores and edges of metropolitan areas“.

Around 15% of the world’s food is now grown in urban areas. Urban agriculture can reflect varying levels of economic and social development. In the global north (*), it often takes the form of a social movement for sustainable communities, where community-driven growers form social networks founded on a shared ethos of nature and community holism. These networks can evolve with institutional support, becoming integrated into local planning for sustainable urban development. In the developing south, food security, nutrition, and income mathew 25generation are key motivations for the practice. In either case, more direct access to fresh vegetables, fruits, and meat products through urban agriculture can improve food security and food safety.

In the U.S., urban farming enhances the community by providing a sustainable food source within city limits develops community capacity; and improves health through access to nutritious food and exercise opportunities. Some of the goals are use urban land to maximize local food outputs and assists in meeting needs for local food production and community food security.

Best Management Practices

(from the Community Food Systems Program toolkit)

  • Use of underutilized spaces in cities for production of food: vacant spaces, rooftops, corporate land, churches, parks
  • Financing through combination of platforms: private equity, grassroots fundraiting, and crowdfunding
  • Unique branding
  • Community engagement
  • Select communities that have a market gap or need for niche market
  • Farm incubators and training
  • Recipes and cooking classes for local produce

Useful resources

The Environmental Protection Agency‘s website provides information for people pursuing agriculture projects as a part of brownfield redevelopment and reuse.

The Potential for Urban Agriculture is a publication written by Ken Meter for the Crossroads Resource Center.


(from the Community Food Systems Program toolkit)

Useful contacts

Courtney Long

0561Christopher Currey



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