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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!

  • Houston’s Urban Container Farm Unfazed By Hurricane Harvey
    Acre in A Box Farm. While many Texas crops got flooded, one unconventional Houston farm was able to supply restaurants with fresh lettuce after Harvey By Florian Martin Houston Public Media October 16, 2017 Excerpt: Besides the convenience of having this more or less mobile farm in an urban setting, the concept proved useful during Harvey... Read more »
  • Farm bill discontent: Urban agriculture supporters want changes
    Danielle Marvit is production manager for Garden Dreams Urban Farm and Nursery in Pittsburgh. She has serious concerns about conventional agriculture. Here, she talks with journalists during the recent annual convention of the Society of Environmental Journalists in Pittsburgh. (Jonathan Knutson/Agweek) U.S. local food sales totaled at least $12 billion in... Read more »
  • The Future of Farming – Underground
    Rows of microgreens at the Growing Underground facility in London. Growing Underground. “Urbanization is the largest movement of humans in the history of humankind,” Epstein said. “Urban environments are also food deserts, because all the food is grown on the outskirts. That has to stop.” By Irina Ivanova CBS Moneywatch October 16, 2017 Excerpt: Until... Read more »
  • Voice of America: Urban Farms Gain Support
    Robert Laing of Farm.One. The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research based in Washington D.C. wants more urban farms. It said the benefits are almost unlimited. By Bruce Alpert Voice of America October 15, 2017 Excerpt: In the New City neighborhood of Tribeca, Robert Laing has opened up a privately-run indoor farm called Farm.One. He... Read more »
  • Marc Gasol, The Great Memphis Grizzlies Center, Grows His Own Fruits And Veggies
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 »