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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!


  • Urban growth: meet the city farmers looking to use vacant land and abandoned buildings to transform Scotland’s food landscape
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    Abi Mordin and Kristina Nitsolova (blue shirt) are ‘Propogate’. They are a driving force in Urban Gardening and are photographed here at Moogety Community garden in Govan..24/05/18. (Photo by Kirsty Ande) Dr Roy Neilson, a scientist at Dundee’s James Hutton Institute, said there was “real potential” for urban growers to supply... Read more »
  • Former orphanage now home to North Little Rock nonprofit that offers urban farming opportunities
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    Credit: Special to the Democrat-Gazette/JANET B. CARSON The Farm Stand at St. Joseph Center. Credit: Special to the Democrat-Gazette/Janet B. Carson In the middle of the largest and most urban county in Arkansas sits a 63-acre plot of land dedicated to urban sustainable farming. By Janet B. Carson Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette May 17, 2018 Excerpt: The... Read more »
  • Coyotes blamed for killing 27 chickens at Cincinnati urban farm
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    Video link. “We know we have coyotes on the property,” Lynch said. “We trapped three. We had a trapper trap three of them for us.” By NBC4 Staff May 19, 2018 Excerpt: Hungry coyotes are blamed for what some call a chicken massacre in Ohio. The canines apparently broke into an urban chicken farm owned... Read more »
  • Canada: Embracing ‘citified’ agriculture means rethinking land use priorities, says U of A researcher
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    Michael Granzow says projects like community gardens in cities are beneficial, but they need to be part of longer-term planning that also looks at issues like land use, housing and income inequality. (Photo: Supplied) “Urban agriculture isn’t going to be the answer to all of our problems, but it’s a space... Read more »
  • Urban Bee Farms Transform Detroit’s Vacant Lots
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    Photo courtesy of Detroit Hives As the city removes thousands of blighted properties, this couple saw an opportunity to support a cooperative economy. By J. Gabriel Ware YES May 17, 2018 Excerpt: Last year, Paule and his partner, Nicole Lindsey, bought a 32,000-square-foot lot on the city’s east side from the Detroit Land Bank Authority... Read more »
  • Adopt an AgLanta “Grows-A-Lot”
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    AgLanta “Grows-A-Lot” is a City of Atlanta program that invites entrepreneurs, non-profits, and residents to apply for a 5-year renewable license to adopt a vacant, city-owned property to start a new urban garden or urban farm in AgLanta. Jordan Johnson | Communications Manager City of Atlanta | Mayor’s Office of... Read more »
  • Canada: These Vancouver millennials are getting their hands dirty and growing local food, one veggie at a time
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    Camil Dumont, head farmer and executive director of Inner City Farms, stands in a backyard plot in East Vancouver where he grows some of his veggies. (Jennifer Gauthier / For StarMetro) “Young farmers need clear action that encourages small-scale regenerative farming through land trusts, start-up grants, caps on home size,... Read more »
  • Yes! In My Backyard: A Home Composting Guide for Local Government
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    The 90-page report found that for every 10,000 households composting at home, between 1,400 and 5,000 tons per year could be diverted from curbside collection, with potential savings in avoided disposal costs alone ranging from $72,000 to $250,000. By Brenda Platt Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) 22 MAY 2018 Co-authors Brenda Platt and Colton... Read more »
  • Canada: City Farmer Sets Up Community Ping Pong Table At Entrance Gate
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    [vimeo 271402343 w=430 h=242] City Farmer's Ping Pong Table from Michael Levenston on Vimeo. Ping Pong will be a permanent fixture along the Arbutus Greenway transportation corridor in Vancouver Michael Levenston City Farmer May 24, 2018 Our Compost Garden entrance attracts more visitors than ever before. Ellie and Ryme from ‘frida&frank’ set up our new ping... Read more »
  • Kale, Not Jail: Urban Farming Nonprofit Helps Ex-Cons Re-enter Society
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    Gavin Raders, one of the founders of Planting Justice, an Oakland, Calif., nonprofit that combines urban farming with environmental education and jobs for ex-offenders. CreditJason Henry for The New York Times Planting Justice’s Rolling River Nursery now sells and ships some 1,100 varieties of potted trees and plants — among them,... Read more »