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Organic, Sustainable, Urban and Alternative Farming Systems: Urban Agriculture

This is a general guide to finding information on agricultural and gardening systems that are considered organic, sustainable, or alternative, such as "green", no-till and agroecology.

Books and Articles

General Zoning/Law

Web-based materials


Michigan Zoning/Law

Urban Ag Reference Works

Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals, 3 Volume Set [Knovel]. Wiley-Interscience [Imprint] Dec. 2002 Hoboken : John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated [2002].

Encyclopedia of organic, sustainable, and local food [ebrary] / edited by Leslie A. Duram. Santa Barbara, Calif. : Greenwood, c2010.

Urban Agriculture: A Literature Review - Urban Agriculture: Differing Phenomena in Differing Regions of the World / Charlie W. Lesher, Jr. USDA, NAL, Autumn 2006 [download the 96 page pdf]

The following are free indexes - no subscription needed.

Urban Agriculture Notes by City Farmer - Canada's Office of Urban Agriculture [former site:]

Urban Agriculture, Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC) - USDA

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