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At Sustainable Economies Law Center (the Law Center), we want nothing more than to see the number of new urban agriculture projects and enterprises explode all across the country! To facilitate the growth of the urban agriculture movement, we offer this website as a collection of resources on laws and regulations that regulate who, how, and where urban agriculture can occur. As a collaborative effort, the content on UrbanAgLaw.org is created by a group of legal professionals and law students, and the site is curated by the Law Center.


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  • Marc Gasol, The Great Memphis Grizzlies Center, Grows His Own Fruits And Veggies
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    From Illustration by Kofong Hsia. WSJ “The process of growing my own food. It helps mind and body. This is my delicious little heaven.” Marc Gasol. By Corbin Smith Sports Vice Jun 27 2017 Excerpt: As you can see, here, Marc is gardening in that finest but most thoroughly neglected of excellent gardening clothes: The basketball... Read more »
  • Salad days at Toronto inner-city school
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    Student Josh Harrison-Maul poses for a photo on the rooftop garden at Eastdale C.I. on Gerrard St. E., near Broadview Ave. (Ernest Doroszuk, Toronto Sun) Tyler Beckett wants to be a landscaper and the urban farming program on the roof of his inner-city school has greened his thumb. By Kevin Connor Toronto Sun October... Read more »
  • Toledo, Ohio restaurant to open 8,000-square-foot urban indoor aquaponics farm to supply four area restaurants
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    New location for Balance Pan-Asian Grill to include urban farm. (Source: WTOL) Mr. Karamchandani said the Balance operation will use tilapia and prawns, and it will grow all types of leafy greens, any type of fruiting vegetable (such as brussel sprouts), all types of peppers, and herbs. Prawns can be harvested... Read more »
  • Belgium: Delhaize Opens First Store Rooftop Farm In In The Country
    [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sHKSvH3bbE&w=425&h=341] Ahold Delhaize is one of the world’s largest food retail groups, a leader in supermarkets and e-commerce, and a company at the forefront of sustainable retailing. Ahold Delhaize website Oct 19, 2017 (Must see. Mike) Excerpt: October 19, 2017 –Delhaize Belgium is testing an innovative “urban farm” on the roof of one... Read more »
  • Singapore: Avid gardeners find innovative ways to cultivate plots
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    Volunteer gardeners (above) from Cosy Garden in Bukit Batok use wilted goods to produce enzyme solutions for their plants, which include the Carissa Carandas, whose fruit is used for pickling. St Photos: Jonathan Choo The garden uses five types of enzyme solutions made of ingredients such as banana shoots, over-ripe papayas... Read more »
  • 1st International Conference on Urban Agriculture and City Sustainability
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    Urban Agriculture 2018, October 9 – 11, New Forest, UK Organised By: Wessex Institute, UK Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain Introduction: The aim of the Conference is to review and discuss ways in which urban agriculture can contribute to achieve sustainable cities. As urban populations continue to increase it is essential to consider ways of... Read more »
  • Interview with Sundari Kraft: “People eat more veggies when they take part in gardening”
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    Kraft is the founder of Sustainable Food Denver, founding co-chair of the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council, and founder of one of Denver’s first multi-plot urban farms. By Brian Frederick Food Tank Oct. 2017 Excerpt: FT: One of your legislative successes is a policy to allow Denver residents to raise chickens, ducks, and dwarf goats... Read more »
  • UK: Community garden in memory of Spitfire inventor Reginald Mitchell to be ripped up
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    Reginald Mitchell CBE. Advertising company JCDecaux – which owns the land – has put the site up for sale with a £35,000 price tag. Now more than 1,000 people have signed an online petition to try to save the beauty spot in Talke, Stoke-on-Trent. Matt Jackson The Sentinel Oct 13, 2017 Excerpt: Councillor Kyle Robinson, who... Read more »
  • The Ghost Orchard: The Hidden History of the Apple in North America
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    How the apple first came across the Atlantic Ocean with a relatively unknown Quaker woman long before the more famed “Johnny Appleseed” By Helen Humphreys The Ghost Orchard Publisher: HarperCollins 09/05/2017 Reviewer: Dana Hansen Quill and Quire Her research and travels reveal that, at one time, so-called Indian orchards (defined in 19th-century dictionaries as orchards of ungrafted... Read more »
  • Ohio: Urban farms help in Youngstown’s recovery
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    As the city of Youngstown has shrunk from 170,000 residents to fewer than 65,000 from the 1950s until present day, according to Atlantic Magazine and numerous other sources, the housing stock has noticeably deteriorated. But now, occasional bright green spots are defiantly rearing up out of the urban decay. By Richard... Read more »