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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!


  • Chickens are helping senior citizens fight loneliness in a major way
    [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqWl2LfOM6o&w=425&h=341] A few little chooks are making big changes in the lives of elderly patients, helping them fight depression and dementia. By Jessica Salter Telegraph 31 Oct 2014 Excerpt: Owen Turnbull is giving a tiny five-day-old chick a bath in the sink of a communal launderette. The chick, which is chirping away as he... Read more »
  • Malaysia: Getting citizens interested in farming
    [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5MqEfF6NCs&w=425&h=341] This community activity will increase interest of urban residents to farm through Urban Recreational Farming. This activity helps reduce the daily expenses from the collection of crops and introduces more effective resource management. Daily Express Sabah February 11, 2018 Excerpt: City Hall is introducing My Farmville to promote urban recreational farming as a community... Read more »
  • Singapore: Eight companies clinch 10 plots of land for vegetable farming
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    A map from the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) shows the first batch of land parcels offered by the AVA through a fixed-price tender method. “One of the challenges in urban farming has always been land cost, especially in Singapore… It’s very difficult to grow vegetables when land prices are that... Read more »
  • Black Beekeepers Are Transforming Detroit’s Vacant Lots Into Bee Farms
    [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9YDsP7BEPI&w=425&h=341] “Work hard, stay bumble” is their nonprofit motto. By Philip Lewis Black Voices Huffpost Jan 30, 2018 Excerpt: A pair of Detroit natives have decided to combat neighborhood blight in a pretty sweet way — by transforming abandoned vacant lots in their city into honeybee farms. Detroit Hives, a nonprofit organization founded by Timothy Paule... Read more »
  • Canada: Is Personalized, Next-Day Delivery the Future of Urban Farming?
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    Part of Lufa’s delivery fleet. (Lufa Farms) Lufa Farms: A rooftop-farming venture in Montreal has found success with a model that’s part CSA, part Amazon Prime. By Sarah Treleaven City Lab Feb 9, 2018 Excerpt: Whereas many urban farms sell to restaurants or grocery stores, or via farmer’s markets, Lufa has a key point of differentiation:... Read more »
  • Is it worth spending up to $1 million for an agriculture program in Iowa City schools?
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    Proponents argue that the class will give students valuable preparation for many careers in agriculture, not just farming. By Aimee Breaux Press-Citizen Feb. 8, 2018 Excerpt: Randy Lackender seemed to be born with “dirt in his blood.” His parents grew corn, soybeans and wheat, and he always knew he would, too. But this wasn’t a given... Read more »
  • UK: WalthamGrow and Chef Supported Agriculture
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    WalthamGrow. They partnered with Marmelo Kitchen, a London restaurant already buying their salad regularly. By Mathilde Currid 2017 Mathilde Currid and Alok Shah began WalthamGrow as a grow-to-sell salad enterprise in Summer 2016 with the help of Organiclea’s Farm Start project. Learning from their experience as Salad Starter trainees at Organiclea’s Hawkwood Community... Read more »
  • UK: TV’s Mark Lane helps turn derelict Whitechapel wasteland into a gardeners’ world
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    The site was full of rubble and weeds, but volunteers have turned it into a lush garden with an orchard, pond, plant nursery and food growing area. By Mike Brooke Dockland sand East London Advertiser Feb 14, 2018 Excerpt: Mark himself has to use a wheelchair after his car crash. But the former Royal Institute... Read more »
  • Australia: Eco-activist Joost Bakker plans rooftop urban farm for shopping centre
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    Flower grower and sustainability activist Joost Bakker promotes green design and zero waste. In what the developer is labelling an “Australian first”, the Burwood Brickworks rooftop will feature a mix of greenhouses, planter boxes and gardens, both horizontal and vertical By Paul Best Good Food Feb 9 2018 Excerpt: Frasers Property Australia has... Read more »
  • California: Returning Stolen Land to Native Tribes, One Lot at a Time
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    A quarter-acre of land in East Oakland is about to return to the Muwekma Ohlone, bringing a sense of place and healing to people whose connection to indigenous lands were taken from them. By Emily Wilson Civil Eats 02.08.18 Excerpt: It’s the winter solstice, but the sun is shining in East Oakland, California.... Read more »