University of Wisconsin–Madison

Seeding the City: Land Use Policies to Promote Urban Agriculture

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Policy Areas Children & Families, Civil Rights, Community Development, Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Education, Environment & Natural Resources, Food, Health, Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility
Communities around the country are looking to promote healthier eating by encouraging urban agriculture. "Urban agriculture" is an umbrella term encompassing a wide range of activities involving the raising, cultivation, processing, marketing, and distribution of food in urban areas. In many communities, urban agriculture takes the form of backyard gardens and community gardens - places on public or private property where neighbors gather to cultivate vegetables and fruits, and even keep bees or raise poultry and small livestock. The food in community gardens is typically grown for the gardeners' own consumption or donation. Urban agriculture also encompasses urban farms (also called "market gardens" or "entrepreneurial agriculture") - enterprises, both for- and nonprofit, that grow produce on a larger or more intensive scale for sale.

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