From rooftop gardens to aquaponics centers in old warehouses to growing crops on abandoned properties, urban agriculture provides many benefits to a community, including closer neighborhood ties, reduced crime, education and job training opportunities, and healthy food access for residents.
USDA’s Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production program provides planning and implementation grants and support for urban production and policies.
Find out options for USDA Funding
USDA Urban Agriculture Toolkit:
- Urban Agriculture Toolkit (PDF, 8.5MB) - Lays out the common operational elements that most urban farmers must consider as they start up or grow their operations.
- Urban Agriculture Kick-off Webinar (May 3, 2016)
- USDA Urban Agriculture Toolkit: A Brief Overview (PDF, 1.4MB)
- Urban Agriculture Toolkit Press Release (April 29, 2016)
Start to Farm:
- USDA New Farmers Initiative - Get connected and get started in agriculture.
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