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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!

  • Wood Pallet DIY Projects: 20 Building Projects to Enrich Your Home, Your Heart & Your Community
    Several years ago when a friend asked Baltimore cabinet maker Stephen Fitzberger to build raised garden beds to teach Baltimore City children how to grow food, a novel idea was born. By Stephen Fitzberger (Author), Diane Fitzberger (Author) Fox Chapel Publishing Jun 12 2018 He didn’t have funds for the project, so he... Read more »
  • UK: London Red Double-Decker Urban Farm
    Photo Matt Writtle. The Farmbus is no regular red double decker: inside it’s a top-spec sustainable strawberry factory. By Katie Strick Evening Standard Apr. 19, 2018 Excerpt: The floors are lined with pot plants, tomato vines and coriander leaves. Hanging baskets swing from the handrails and the driver’s seat is blanketed in a green layer... Read more »
  • New York: Seeds Planted for Rooftop Gardens to Feed Midtown Needs
    Much of the produce Inner City Farmer grows is donated to a women’s shelter and a church’s food pantry in Hell’s Kitchen. | Photo courtesy of Inner City Farmer. A rooftop garden could provide numerous benefits — including nutritious food and job opportunities — for those who are homeless By Dusica Sue... Read more »
  • Canada: Principal live-tweets City Farmer wormshop for Grade 1/2 class
    The principal of University Hill in Vancouver live-tweeted Andrea’s wormshop City Farmer has provided wormshops to Vancouver schools for 25 years as part of our continuing effort to teach people about the value of recycling organic waste. The program is more popular that ever under the leadership of Andrea Lucy. City Farmer... Read more »
  • Eco-friendly East Austin community turns homeowners into urban farmers
    The community has its own custom organic farming program called Whisper Lettuce. Culture Map 4.17.18 Excerpt: For those who just want to sit back and watch their garden grow, go with the Complete Care subscription. The Lettuce team will weed, service, and harvest each garden to ensure a bountiful harvest year after year.... Read more »
  • How Assata’s Daughters Is Helping Chicago Bloom By Empowering Black Urban Farmers
    The grassroots organization is planning to offer free produce to neighbors all summer. By Tonja Renée Stidhum Blavity Apr 18, 2018 Excerpt: Assata’s Daughters, a Chicago nonprofit grassroots organization, has always been here for black folks — particularly black women, evidenced by the Rekia Boyd case and beyond. In addition to advocacy, the organization offers... Read more »
  • How African cities lead: Urban policy innovation and agriculture in Kampala and Nairobi
    Francis Ndolo on his farm in Landless estate, Kiambu County. He makes a huge income from urban farming. (Photo:James Wanzala/Standard) See here. While advocacy for urban agriculture is common globally, what is not clear is under what conditions local advocacy produces policy uptake and change. By Christopher D. Gore Science Direct 13 April... Read more »
  • Big Muddy Urban Farm residency program gives young farmers a place to grow
    Big Muddy Urban Farm residents. “I want to begin to coach people how to grow their own food,” Salem said. “I will teach them you don’t have to be wealthy to eat healthy.” By Chris Peters Omaha World-Herald Apr 16, 2018 Excerpt: You could call it “The Real World: Farmer Edition.” That’s how the aspiring farmers... Read more »
  • Philly’s urban gardeners are under siege from gentrification. Here’s what they’re doing about it.
    John Lindsay and James Seward stand with fresh produce from Wiota Street Community Garden, which was saved by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority last year. Margo Reed/Staff File Photo “There’s a sense of frustration that the Land Bank isn’t really up and running yet,” she said. By Samantha Melamed The Inquirer Apr 16, 2018 Excerpt: few... Read more »
  • It all starts with a seed… How food grows
    By Emily Bone (Author), Sally Elford (Illustrator) Usborne Publishing Ltd 1 Aug. 2017 This stylish book explains how almost everything we eat grows from seeds – including flour, rice, carrots and even chocolate. Beautifully illustrated pages show root vegetables snug in the soil, plants with crunchy leaves and lots of different fruits. There... Read more »