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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!

  • California: ‘Agrihood’ proposal may be used to help win passage for latest city housing plan
    Click image to see larger file. It’s one variation of an “agrihood” — a growing, national movement that combines new homes with farm crops and livestock production. More than 100 agrihoods exist nationally, with the nearest in Rancho Mission Viejo. By Barbara Henry San Diego Union-Tribune Jan 14, 2018 The rough, tentative proposal calls... Read more »
  • San Francisco Urban Farm To Rise As Symbol Of Social Justice
    Alvina Wong (right) tries to untangle a lengthy garden hose with Marilyn Duran at the Hummingbird Farm in San Francisco The once-fallow field, owned but previously unused by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, is on its way to becoming an urban farm capable of growing up to 1,000 pounds of... Read more »
  • Canada: Handcrafted, Wooden Garden Beds Use ‘GardenWell Self-watering System’
    [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fN8I9o6LkBU&w=425&h=341] Custom-milled western cedar, food safe materials, and innovative sub-irrigation design ensures that your ‘LifeSpace Garden’ will stand the test of time, and help you and your family grow truly organic vegetables and herbs efficiently, no matter how small the space. From their website 2018 Excerpt: Wood Material Most of our work is crafted from... Read more »
  • Brooklyn: Where Mushrooms Grow Just a Few Feet from the Table
    Smallhold’s “minifarms” carefully control growing conditions including air, water and light A Brooklyn food-tech startup, Smallhold, puts its “minifarms” right in the restaurant where they’ll be served By Dan Callahan Brooklyn Business News January 12, 2018 Excerpt: The availability of Wi-Fi connections is one of the keys to making the Smallhold system work. The company grows... Read more »
  • Glorious Greens in January in Vancouver BC
    Planted in October, We Are Eating in January From City Farmer’s Compost Garden in Vancouver BC January 18, 2018 Both our cold frame and our plastic, greenhouse shed are feeding us nutritious greens now in mid winter. Planted on October 11, 2017, sprouted by October 19, they are ready to cut and come... Read more »
  • Book: Grow, Cook and Eat – Cultivating Asian Herbs
    Rhino Press is proud to announce the publication of Grow, Cook and Eat by award-winning writer and presenter Fay Khoo and culinary consultant/food stylist C.Y. Phang. Borne by a shared passion to educate readers about the myriad joys and benefits of cultivating edible gardens and cooking with them, the book is... Read more »
  • Urban farm flourishes in former Akron tire plant
    That magenta glow coming from the third floor is an urban farm that is flourishing inside the innovation hub. Vigeo Gardens is growing produce and success inside the BOUNCE, Akron’s innovation hub at the former site of B.F. Goodrich tire plant. Author: Amani Abraham WKYC3 January 10, 2018 Excerpt: “It allows us to grow a... Read more »
  • Malaysia: Price Of Vegetables on the Rise, More Urban Farming Taking Place
    Councillor Awang Ibrahim said that with a little funding, some 80 residents were encouraged to turn an abandoned plot of land into an edible garden. By Brian Martin The Star Jan 12 Excerpt: StarMetro recently featured an article on the Community Garden in Section 24 Setia, Shah Alam. The garden has become the passion of... Read more »
  • China: Welcome to the agrihood: golf courses out, urban farms in, as upscale developers invite buyers to grow fruit and vegetables
    An organic farm in Hong Kong. Around the world, developers are betting buyers of luxury homes want to get their hands dirty growing food. Photo: K Y. Cheng Developers from Suzhou, China, to Palm Springs, California are betting that giving homeowners the opportunity to practise healthy living by growing ‘clean food’... Read more »
  • Manila, Philippines: Editor’s rooftop garden produces beautiful veggies
    From 15 potted eggplants, he can harvest 1.5 kilos of fruit in one week, enough for his family’s favorite eggplant omelette. Edgar Godin, editor of Bisaya Magazine published by the Manila Buletin, is a rooftop gardener. From just a 16-square meter rooftop atop their sari-sari store in Bulacan, he can produce... Read more »