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Starting a Farm in the City: Change Your Community By Growing What You Eat

Starting a Farm in the City: Change Your Community By Growing What You Eat

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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...sounds good, eh!
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...sounds good, eh!

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A Publication of ATTRA – National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service 1-800-346-9140 www.attra.ncat.org
ATTRA—National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service is managed by the National Center for Appropriate Tech-nology (NCAT) and is funded under a
grant from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business-Coopera-tive Service. Visit the ATTRA Web site
,
www.attra.ncat.org,
for more information about ATTRA’s services and publications.Funding for the development of thispublication was provided by theUSDA Risk Management Agency.
 
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Start a Farm in the City
by Lee Rinehart, NCAT Northeast Regional Director
Urban farming is not a new concept, but it is gain-ing new support among diverse citizen groups all overthe country. Schools, colleges, churches, city councils,government agencies, parks departments, anti-hungergroups, healthcare providers, and nonprofit organiza-tions are coming together to give a fresh new meaning
to “greening the city.” Large cities like Philadelphia, Bos-
ton, New York, Seattle, and Toronto have initiated sub-
stantial programs to foster urban agriculture.
In addition to community gardens and farmers’ markets,
urban agriculture involves land use decisions, nutritious
meals at schools, employment and job training, food pro-
cessing and delivery, the creation of clean green working
spaces in urban areas, citywide systems of composting
 waste, and much more. Many of the new urban garden-ers grow tons of food on small plots, provisioning farm-
ers’ markets, restaurants, food banks, and community-
supported agriculture share boxes.Urban farmers areoften community-minded individuals engaged in urban renewal and eco-nomic revitalization. Urban agriculture has the poten-tial to relieve food insecurity, make neighborhoodssafer, and improve regional economies.To learn more, contact
lee@ncat.org,
570-696-6706.
ATTRA Publications forUrban Farmers
Alternative Soil Testing Laboratories (IP105)Bringing Local Food to Local Institutions (IP242)Community Supported Agriculture (IP289)Direct Marketing (IP113)Enterprise Budgets and Production Costs forOrganic Production (RL041)Farmers’ Markets (IP146)Organic IPM Field Guides (online
&
CD only)Keys to Success in Value-Added Agriculture (IP172)Market Gardening: A Start-Up Guide (IP195)Organic Greenhouse Vegetable Production (IP078)Resource Guide to Organic & Sustainable VegetableProduction (IP188)Scheduling Vegetable Plantings for ContinuousHarvest (IP323)Selling to Restaurants (IP255)Sustainable Small-Scale Nursery Production (IP104)Sustainable Soil Management (IP027)Worms for Composting: Vermiculture (IP110)
Coming Soon:
Urban Ag Start-Up Guide
Urban Farms Cultivate Food and Community
Table of Contents
Resources about Urban Agriculture
International Resources........…..............…....page 8Urban Soils and Soil Testing..................................... 9Soil Test Order Form................................................. 11Creating Barriers to Protect Raised Beds........... 13U.S. Resources…….............................….................. 13Urban Agriculture Businesses............................ 14Urban Agriculture Organizations
...........
........... 14Urban Agriculture Publications
............................
18Social Justice and Urban Agriculture.................. 20
 ATTRA—the National Sustainable Agriculture Infor-mation Service—offers hundreds of free publicationsabout specific crops, livestock, pest management,energy, marketing, and other agriculture-related topics. All of these are available to download for freefrom ATTRA’s Web site,
www.attra.ncat.org
Call 1-800-346-9140, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time toorder a free paper copy or to speak with one of ATTRA’ssustainable agriculture specialists. ATTRA is a project of the National Center for Appropri-ate Technology (NCAT), with offices in Pennsylvania,Louisiana, Iowa, Arkansas, Montana, and California.
San Francisco civic center was the site of alarge victory garden insummer 2008. The city food policy now pro-motes urban agricultureon public land, supportslocal farmers, and callsfor healthy local food at schools, jails, shelters,and city events. Photo:Kristin Reynolds.
 
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www.attra.ncat.org

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I would like to participate with this org. Love the cartoons and have comic skills myself (www.farmerbud.com) Would love to help promote urban gardening etc.
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