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Breaking Through Concrete: building an urban farm revival by Also in print.
People have always grown food in urban spaces--on windowsills and sidewalks, and in backyards and neighborhood parks--but today, urban farmers are leading an environmental and social movement that transforms our national food system. To explore this agricultural renaissance, brothers David and Michael Hanson and urban farmer Edwin Marty document twelve successful urban farm programs, from an alternative school for girls in Detroit, to a backyard food swap in New Orleans, to a restaurant supply garden on a rooftop in Brooklyn. Each beautifully illustrated essay offers practical advice for budding farmers, such as composting and keeping livestock in the city, decontaminating toxic soil, even changing zoning laws.
Call Number: S494.5.U72 H36 2012 Online
Publication Date: 2012-01-30
Urban Farming: sustainable city living in your backyard, in your community, and in the world by It doesn't take a farm to have the heart of a farmer. Now, due to a burgeoning sustainable-living movement, you don't have to own acreage to fulfill your dream of raising your own food. Hobby Farms Urban Farming, from Hobby Farm Press and the same people who bring you Hobby Farms and Hobby Farm Home magazine, will walk every city and suburban dweller down the path of self sustainability. Urban Farming will introduce readers to the concepts of gardening and farming from a high-rise apartment, participating in a community garden, vertical farming, and converting terraces and other small city spaces into fruitful, vegetableful real estate. This comprehensive volume will answer every up and coming urban farmer's questions about how, what, where and why--a new green book for the dedicated citizen seeking to reduce his carbon footprint and grocery bill.
Call Number: S494.5.U72 F69 2011
Publication Date: 2011-04-26
The Urban Farmer: growing food for profit on leased and borrowed land by Strategies and techniques for making a living with intensive food production in small spaces There are 40 million acres of lawns in North America. In their current form, these unproductive expanses of grass represent a significant financial and environmental cost. However, viewed through a different lens, they can also be seen as a tremendous source of opportunity. Access to land is a major barrier for many people who want to enter the agricultural sector, and urban and suburban yards have huge potential for would-be farmers wanting to become part of this growing movement. The Urban Farmer is a comprehensive, hands-on, practical manual to help you learn the techniques and business strategies you need to make a good living growing high-yield, high-value crops right in your own backyard (or someone else's). Major benefits include: Low capital investment and overhead costs Reduced need for expensive infrastructure Easy access to markets. Growing food in the city means that fresh crops may travel only a few blocks from field to table, making this innovative approach the next logical step in the local food movement. Based on a scalable, easily reproduced business model, The Urban Farmer is your complete guide to minimizing risk and maximizing profit by using intensive production in small leased or borrowed spaces.
Call Number: S494.5.U72 S76 2016
Publication Date: 2015-12-01
Regulatory Practices of Urban Agriculture: A Connection to Planning and Policy
Mahbubur Meenar, Alfonso Morales & Leonard Bonarek (2017)
Journal of the American Planning Association, 83:4, 389-403
Community Gardening - Public Health Law Center (pdf)
www.publichealthlawcenter.orgCommunity Gardening: Policy Reference Guidep_5Community gardening can have a tremendous positive impact on food access, community vitali-ty, local economies, and environmental conditions in local communities. Individuals, households, organizations, communities, and local governments all play a role in the success of these gar-dening efforts. Laws and policies supporting local gardening can create a community framework supporting the success of these efforts. This guide provides a road map for how local laws and policies can impact local gardening efforts, recognizing that each community will need to assess how the specific local and legal context of their community impacts specific gardening efforts.
ATTRA: Local Food Systems
ATTRA is a program developed and managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). Publications and information covers all aspects of Agriculture. Services are available to farmers, ranchers, market gardeners, Extension agents, researchers, educators, farm organizations, and others involved in agriculture, especially those who are economically disadvantaged or belong to traditionally underserved communities.
EPA's Urban Agriculture site
Urban Agriculture is part of a local food system where food is produced within an urban area and marketed to consumers within that area. Urban farming can also include animal husbandry (e.g., breeding and raising livestock), beekeeping, aquaculture (e.g., fish farming), aquaponics (e.g., integrating fish farming and agriculture), and non-food products such as producing seeds, cultivating seedlings, and growing flowers. Urban farms can also contribute to the revitalization of abandoned or underutilized urban land, social and economic benefits to urban communities, and beneficial impacts on the urban landscape.
USDA's Urban Agriculture site
City and suburban agriculture takes the form of backyard, roof-top and balcony gardening, community gardening in vacant lots and parks, roadside urban fringe agriculture and livestock grazing in open space. Explore information and tools on urban agriculture.
Urban Ag Reference Works
Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals, 3 Volume Set [Knovel]. Wiley-Interscience [Imprint] Dec. 2002 Hoboken : John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated .
Encyclopedia of organic, sustainable, and local food [ebrary] / edited by Leslie A. Duram. Santa Barbara, Calif. : Greenwood, c2010.
Starting a Farm in the City: Change Your Community By Growing What You Eat
Discusses the idea of changing your community by what you eat- opportunities to develop a cooperative urban garden/farm. Homemade vegtables, flowers, community spirit and cooperation.
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: http://www.cityfarmer.org/]
Urban Agriculture, Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC) - USDA