a project of the sustainable economies law center

Sunset Community Garden Pano

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!

  • Canada: These Vancouver millennials are getting their hands dirty and growing local food, one veggie at a time
    Camil Dumont, head farmer and executive director of Inner City Farms, stands in a backyard plot in East Vancouver where he grows some of his veggies. (Jennifer Gauthier / For StarMetro) “Young farmers need clear action that encourages small-scale regenerative farming through land trusts, start-up grants, caps on home size,... Read more »
  • Yes! In My Backyard: A Home Composting Guide for Local Government
    The 90-page report found that for every 10,000 households composting at home, between 1,400 and 5,000 tons per year could be diverted from curbside collection, with potential savings in avoided disposal costs alone ranging from $72,000 to $250,000. By Brenda Platt Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) 22 MAY 2018 Co-authors Brenda Platt and Colton... Read more »
  • Canada: City Farmer Sets Up Community Ping Pong Table At Entrance Gate
    [vimeo 271402343 w=430 h=242] City Farmer's Ping Pong Table from Michael Levenston on Vimeo. Ping Pong will be a permanent fixture along the Arbutus Greenway transportation corridor in Vancouver Michael Levenston City Farmer May 24, 2018 Our Compost Garden entrance attracts more visitors than ever before. Ellie and Ryme from ‘frida&frank’ set up our new ping... Read more »
  • Kale, Not Jail: Urban Farming Nonprofit Helps Ex-Cons Re-enter Society
    Gavin Raders, one of the founders of Planting Justice, an Oakland, Calif., nonprofit that combines urban farming with environmental education and jobs for ex-offenders. CreditJason Henry for The New York Times Planting Justice’s Rolling River Nursery now sells and ships some 1,100 varieties of potted trees and plants — among them,... Read more »
  • Soaring farmland prices threaten future of farming in Canada
    The average price of farmland in Canada has more than doubled in the last 10 years, leading to concerns about the future of agriculture in this country as a large group of farmers retires over the next decade. Consumers demand cheap food, but land prices and other factors make that impossible... Read more »
  • Canada: City slickers move to Alberta farm, document their new life on YouTube
    [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItUZFJoQ1sk&w=425&h=341] The parents are finally feeling the zen in their new rural surroundings with ample space to do what they couldn’t in the city. They had always done a lot of gardening at home, but the plants quickly took over in the small backyard. “We kind of needed something bigger,”... Read more »
  • Vancouver Urban Sketchers Visit City Farmer
    Painting by Denise Tonner. Beautiful May Flowers Were in Bloom for the Artists All art shown in this post are by Vancouver Urban Sketchers A link to their site follows this post. May 2018 The artists came through the Arbutus Greenway gate, followed our wood chip paths, and set up their paper and painting tools... Read more »
  • Canada: Regina community garden grows to welcome refugee families
    Organizers, refugees and a translator pose beside the new community garden plots. The plots are 20 by 25 feet and each family receives their own to grow what they choose. Majority of the families taking part in the project were farmers back in their home countries of Syria or Tanzania.... Read more »
  • Hen and the Art of Chicken Maintenance: Reflections on a Life of Raising Chickens
    Updated second edition features new photographs and a new chapter. By Gurdon Martin CompanionHouse Books May 29, 2018 Owning chickens is fast becoming the latest in metropolitan chic. If you can’t own them, you’ll still want to read about them. Primal urges, the quest for ultimate power, sex, death, gender bending, and huge... Read more »
  • Ghana: Urban Agriculture in Tamale: a policy narrative
    The core of the suggested Tamale plan involves municipal assemblies purchasing larger areas of flood prone land and specifically dedicating them to agriculture so that they cannot be reallocated or sold. For URBANET UrbanFoodPlus RUAF Foundation Ghana WASH Programme University... Read more »