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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!


  • How African cities lead: Urban policy innovation and agriculture in Kampala and Nairobi
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    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
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    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.
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    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
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    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 »
  • Philippines: Davao City agri to refurbish rooftop garden
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    DAVAO. In a bid to make it into an ideal agri-tourism destination, the City Agriculture’s Office is set to refurbish the rooftop garden at the City Hall Annex Building along Pichon St. (SunStar file photo) “We cannot just tell everybody to have an organic urban garden at home when we don’t... Read more »
  • Preparing a community garden to honor local families affected by opioid crisis
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    The garden will be located on Evergreen Street, Rochester. (WHAM Photo) Families who have lost someone to drugs will have the opportunity to get a plot of the garden, as a way to memorialize their loved one. WHAM April 14, 2018 Excerpt: Rochester, N.Y. – On Saturday, many volunteers began creating a community garden... Read more »
  • Chicago church padlocks community gardens in Woodlawn, leaving gardeners wondering why
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    A flag blows in the wind in the 65th & Woodlawn Community Garden on April 12, 2018, in Chicago. Erin Hooley / Chicago Tribune The padlocked gardens have prompted some to sneak in to ready the plots for planting. By William Lee Chicago Tribune Apr 13, 2018 Excerpt: Rooting her fingers through the soil at a... Read more »
  • Coeur et Sol Urban Farms in New Jersey
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    Why wait to find the perfect piece of land when you can take an empty lot and turn it into something beautiful? By Jeff Holmes JerseyBites 12 Apr 2018 Excerpt: Hernandez grew up on five acres in Hunterdon County, where her family raised Nigerian dwarf goats and showed them for the local 4-H club. She... Read more »
  • Australia: Urban farming campuses to bring food closer to consumers
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    Ambitious plan: Nuffield Scholar Jan Vydra hopes a planned urban farming campus in Melbourne will be followed by others in Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Sydney. Picture: David Geraghty Visiting Indonesia, Japan, Israel, Holland and the US, Mr Vydra took away lessons on the community and cultural impact of urban farming, as... Read more »
  • Urban agriculture program helps UW-Madison students take farming to the city
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    “Urban agriculture is one way of addressing equity and distribution problems,” said Newman. “If it’s too difficult to access fresh produce that’s being imported into the city, allowing people the sovereignty to grow their own food in their own environment is a really strong way to allow that autonomy and... Read more »