Urban Agriculture

Community Garden

No Connection Between Gardens and Gentrification in Detroit, Study Says

Research from late 2021 documented the footprint of urban gardens in Detroit, finding evidence of inequities but not gentrification.

June 3, 2022 - WDET

Ripe Organic Cultivar Pears

Bringing Urban Orchards to Food Deserts in Ohio

The Common Orchard Project has planted ten orchards in vacant lots in Cincinnati. The organization hopes to plant 100 urban orchards by the end of the decade.

September 22, 2020 - WVXU

Indoor Kale

Lockdown Benefits Urban Farmers In Paris

Pandemic induced lockdown kept Parisians within 1 km of their homes during lockdown, benefiting urban farmers and advocates for a diversified local food supply.

July 29, 2020 - Citymetric

Philadelphia Urban Farm

Minnesota Grants May Bolster Urban Farming's Legitimacy

For the first time, the state of Minnesota is offering money specifically for urban agriculture, in a win for urban farmers who want to challenge the notion that agriculture is necessarily a rural enterprise.

October 10, 2018 - MinnPost

Agriculture Exhibition

Urban Farming Program Struggles to Sprout

Los Angeles created a tax incentive to promote urban farms on the thousands of vacant lots around the city. So far, the incentive has been given out only four times.

July 31, 2018 - CityLab

Indoor Kale

Vertical Farms, Fad or Feast?

Hydroponic indoor farmers hope to charge a premium for plants grown out of season in indoor farms. The notion has generated attention from big investors, but whether or not consumers will follow is an open question.

July 9, 2018 - Civil Eats

$29 Million in Series C Funding for an Urban Agricultural Company

Looking for signs of the growth of urban agricultural as a viable industry?

June 22, 2018 - Fortune

Philadelphia Urban Farm

Development Boom Threatens Philadelphia’s Urban Agriculture

As land values rise, more than 200 community gardens in Philadelphia could be lost to redevelopment.

April 10, 2018 - Plan Philly

Desert Farm

An Agrihood Takes Root in Palm Springs

Developer Freehold Communities is planning a suburban farming community in California's Sonora Desert.

October 26, 2017 - Mercury News

Georgia Agrihood

Agrihoods Still Proving Popular

Agrihoods emerged in the 1990s as a master-planned alternative to the golf-centered communities of the past. Many of these developments are going strong, and gaining in popularity.

August 13, 2017 - Realtor

Battery Urban Farm

New York Could Launch an Urban Agriculture Plan, Zoning Overhaul

New York's ability to feed itself with locally grown urban agriculture is only being partially realized. Better planning, specific to urban agriculture, would help.

July 23, 2017 - The Wall Street Journal

Indoor Grow Room

As Medical Cannabis Grows, So Does the Space Needed for It

Despite its medicinal benefits, cannabis will negatively impact the environment if we don’t plan accordingly.

June 28, 2017 - Kayla Matthews

Chicago Argriculture

Only High Cost Premiums Can Make Urban Farming Pencil Out

Throwing cold water on the latest "techno-optimism" for indoor, urban agriculture.

June 1, 2017 - City Observatory

Apple Orchard

Urban Orchard in East Detroit Trying to Be a Good Neighbor

When Wolverine Human Services bought 11 acres of East Detroit planning to remove abandoned houses for a U-Pick Orchard, neighbors protested. Now they've pivoted and aim to provide a resource to the community rather than run an agro-business.

May 17, 2017 - Next City

'Farm-to-Condo' Urban Agriculture Finds Roots in Brooklyn

Urban agriculture and market-rate multi-family housing developments could be a perfect match.

April 10, 2017 - The Wall Street Journal


Milwaukee's Victory Garden Initiative Turned a Big Idea Into 3,000 Gardens

An urban gardening and public health success story emerges from Milwaukee.

March 16, 2017 - Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Urban Agriculture

Tax Credits to Encourage Urban Agriculture

Montgomery County, Maryland is the latest municipality to approve an agricultural tax credit to to create incentives for agricultural uses in urban areas.

March 10, 2017 - Source of the Spring

Gainesville Park

Gainesville Turns Abandoned Industrial Hub Into Innovative Park

Gainesville turns contaminated land into a contemporary public greenspace to serve as the city's “Central Park."

January 17, 2017 - Modern Cities

Farmed Here Aquaponics

Urban Farming—Just for the Few?

Urban agriculture likely has more social than material impacts. But who does it benefit most?

October 24, 2016 - Vox


Grants Awarded to Boost Agriculture Projects in Conservation Districts

Forty-two conservation districts in 25 state received grants totaling $2 million this week. The funding will create technical assistance opportunities for urban agriculture and conservation projects.

July 22, 2016 - National Association of Conservation Districts

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