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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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  • Malta: A student’s conceptual proposal offers some food for thought
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    The student is proposing using the new space to develop a facility for growing fresh produce on a commercial scale. Regional Road urban farming? by Philip Leone Ganado Times Malta July 16, 2018 Excerpt: The government announced last March it was looking into roofing a section of the road close to the Santa Venera tunnels and... Read more »
  • Helping the Homeless Through Farm-to-Table Training in San Francisco
    [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBIHeNrsLnI&w=425&h=341] Farming Hope: Empower individuals out of homelessness, Create dignified work & safe spaces, Grow and share food, Serve one another Great Big Story Jul 16, 2018 (Must see. Mike) There’s a San Francisco garden growing more than just produce. In a city plagued by homelessness, the Farming Hope Initiative offers urban... Read more »
  • Canada: Community garden to turn barren Deltassist parking lot into a ‘paradise’
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    Deltassist’s back parking lot will soon look like these Earthwise community garden plots. (Grace Kennedy photo) Deltassist will use the gardens to increase food security for residents, as well as provide therapy By James Smith Surrey Now Leader Jul. 14, 2018 Excerpt: A little slice of paradise is set to open in North Delta this fall. Deltassist,... Read more »
  • Canada: Montreal supermarket offers fresh produce from its rooftop garden
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    A worker harvests produce from a rooftop garden of an IGA supermarket in the Montreal borough of Saint-Laurent. Phil Carpenter/Global News “People don’t believe that we can grow veggies on a rooftop,” laughs Carl Pichette, marketing vice-president for Sobeys Quebec. By Phil Carpenter Photojournalist Global News Excerpt: They have planted a 23,000-square foot rooftop garden... Read more »
  • Cherry Street Community Garden in Milwaukee to host a wedding this weekend
    Roszkowski and Eichler are planning to say “I do” at the garden By Tatiana Cash TMJ Jul 13, 2018 Excerpt: Three generations of women: grandmothers Linda Ginn and Rosie Woodland, daughter Sandra Webb and grandaughter Santana Webb have been gardening at Cherry Street for years. They say there are few things that keep... Read more »
  • School for Urban Agriculture at the University of Wisconsin
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    Rep. Goyke Commends UW School for Urban Agriculture Initiative Federal USDA grant follows on urban farming legislation introduced by Rep. Goyke calling for a School of Urban Agriculture in Wisconsin By State Rep. Evan Goyke Urban Milwaukee Jul 12th, 2018 Excerpt: The University of Wisconsin – Madison recently received a three year federal grant from the... Read more »
  • The Community Food Forest Handbook
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    How to Plan, Organize, and Nurture Edible Gathering Places By Catherine Bukowski, John Munsell Foreword by LaManda Joy Chelsea Green Available: July 26, 2018 Fueled by the popularity of permaculture and agroecology, community food forests are capturing the imaginations of people in neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the United States. Along with community gardens... Read more »
  • The Huntington Ranch Garden – an urban agricultural garden project
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    A $1.1 million grant from the Foundation helped launch the Ranch Project in 2009 in San Marino, CA. The Ranch Garden includes a mixture of edible landscapes, in which fruit trees mingle with native shrubs, perennial herbs, and reseeding annuals. Small annual crop planting beds are interspersed throughout, with a concentrated... Read more »
  • Singapore: Urban farming social enterprise bears fruit for local community
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    Bjorn Low, co-founder of Edible Garden City (back row, first from right), and the Citizen Farm team. Edible Garden City holds workshops at its production arm, Citizen Farm, and collaborates with local primary schools to teach farming to students. Edible Garden City has two aims: bring people together through farming and... Read more »
  • University of Kentucky research shows that urban gardens can aid in pollinator conservations; monarchs, bees can thrive
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    Monarch butterflies. UK researchers also studied each milkweed species ability to be incorporated into a small garden as some plants tend to spread from their original boundaries. Species that tend to stay where they are planted include swamp milkweed, butterflyweed, and spider milkweed. Excerpt: A recent study conducted by the University of Kentucky... Read more »