Source: Local Futures
Urban farms are typically, though not always, larger-scale initiatives than community gardens. They are often cooperatively and collectively run by and for the benefit of the local community, and like community gardens, help meet important local food, nutrition, employment, green space and composting needs.
- Start and run an urban agriculture project with the United States Department of Agriculture’s comprehensive Urban Agriculture Toolkit (US), Sustain’s Urban Farming Toolkit: A guide to growing to sell in the city and Growing Enterprise Guide (UK) which offer practical guidance on logistics, legalities, and best practices for running an income-producing urban farm.
- The National Center for Appropriate Technology’s Small-Scale Intensive Farm Training program in Montana (US) shares insights into crop selection, cover crops, livestock, and more in their report Lessons from a Small-Scale Urban Intensive Farm.
- In the US, many colleges have agricultural extension services that can provide state- and city-specific urban farming guides for your region.
- The Carrot City database offers case studies of more than 100 urban gardens worldwide, covering city parks, community gardens, rooftop gardens, and housing projects.
- Read about successful urban farms and gardens in the US in this story from Indiana Public Media: Six Inspirational Success Stories In Urban Agriculture.