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A New Toolkit for Developing Urban Agriculture Systems

As cities and towns offer more incentives and planning support for local agriculture, there is still plenty of education and learning to be done to create and sustain local food systems. Enter the Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit.
March 17, 2015, 10am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"A new Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit produced by the Iowa State University’s Community Design Lab offers communities the planning tools necessary to prioritize and ignite urban farming projects," reports Trish Popovitch, "the Toolkit includes process, practice and case studies to help jump-start local urban agriculture programs."

The article quotes Courtney Long, fellow for the Community Design Lab and facilitator of the urbanism toolkit program, in describing the toolkit further: "The toolkit is actually twofold. It’s a process that we go through with communities, and it’s also a research booklet on tactics of agricultural urbanism…"

The toolkit has been beta-tested in three communities of varying size and scale, and includes details for building facilities on both the retail and the production side of urban agriculture systems. The article includes a lot more detail about the toolkits and their application so far.

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