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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.


Also, check out these handy guides we’ve created for people interested in starting new worker-owned enterprises and food justice enterprises!


  • Indicators for Urban Agriculture in Toronto – A Scoping Analysis
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    Strong leadership and support will aid the growth of urban agriculture across Toronto. Authors: Rhonda Teitel-Payne, James Kuhns and Joe Nasr Toronto Urban Growers Dec 2016 Executive Summary When Toronto Public Health (TPH) identified a considerable gap in Toronto- specific data on the impact of urban agriculture (UA), Toronto Urban Growers (TUG) was commissioned to... Read more »
  • The pace of Vancouver development killing Downtown Eastside urban agriculture, group claims
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    The executive director of Sole Food says it needs to leave its space by November and options for a new location are limited. By Liam Britten CBC News Posted Mar 21, 2017 Excerpt: Ableman says Sole Food has already lost some of its space at the corner of Main and Terminal for a new... Read more »
  • India: This startup bringing organic farming to your rooftop
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    Reddy launched Homecrop in January this year with an initial investment of just 5 lakh rupees. Ideation took a year under the guidance of National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM)’s incubator a-IDEA. By Shilpa S Ranipeta The News Minute March 14, 2017 Excerpt: This is where 26-year old Manvitha Reddy stepped in to start... Read more »
  • Los Angeles: Company feeds growing edible landscaping trend
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    These raised beds are installed at one of the California apartment complexes. Photo: Farscape. A small agrihood consisting of eight to 10 raised beds, six orchard trees and mulching starts around $20,000 and only goes up from there as the size and complexity is increased. By Jill Odom Total Landscape Care Mar 14,... Read more »
  • From Rooftop to Salad Bowl: Farming in Tel Aviv’s Urban Jungle
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    Mendi Falk in Yarok Ba’ir (Green in the City), Dizengoff Center. By Dan Perez Three enterprising farmers use hydroponic methods ?to grow veggies atop Dizengoff Center in the heart of ?Tel Aviv and offer them freshly picked on a daily basis. By Ronit Vered Haaretz Mar 14, 2017 Excerpt: The time is 10 A.M. After almost... Read more »
  • Netherlands: Education for Urban Agriculture and Urban Green Entrepreneurship
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    Date: Thursday 30 March 2017 14.00 – 17.30 Location: Aeres, Almere, Stadhuisstraat 18 Almere RUAF Urban Agriculture is increasingly seen as a promising area for new business development. However, starting an Urban Farm requires a variety of knowledge and skills. Knowing how to cultivate plants or rear animals does not guarantee success; you... Read more »
  • Milwaukee: How to Create 3,000 Urban Gardens
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    Volunteers dig deep in the Victory Garden Urban Farm, located in Harambee at 220 E. Concordia Ave. Non-profit Victory Gardens Initiative fills city’s food deserts with fresh produce. By Naomi Waxman Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service Mar 14th, 2017 Excerpt: “The core niche of what I do is about home, growing your own food in... Read more »
  • California: ‘Jewish Animal Liberationists’ Protest Kosher Slaughter At Urban Farm — Again
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    “We know the love and peace of this farm, but we also know that peace does not happen if it does not extend to animals,” he said. By Daniella Cheslow Fast Forward March 14, 2017 Excerpt: Activists calling themselves “Jewish Animal Liberationists” wore funereal clothes and infiltrated a Purim party at a Berkeley Jewish... Read more »
  • California: Contra Costa County’s Subsidized-Housing Communities To Get A Large Community Garden And Urban Farm
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    Ray Harts has plans to start with 10 raised garden beds, a 500 square foot shade structure and and an urban farm where crops would be sold to local restaurants. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group) “This garden will produce unity — it will bring people together, even if it’s just... Read more »
  • India: Organic Vegetable Terrace Garden Book
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    Of course low cost and easy to do… By Sandeep Chavan BookGanga From Introduction: “Author himself is working on Urban Terrace Garden issues since last 8 years. He has done many experiments in terrace garden issue. He has developed a terrace garden at his present residence. He promotes alternate ways of life, spinning on... Read more »