Urban Agriculture in the United States: Baseline Findings of a Nationwide Survey

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By Andy Pressman, NCAT Agriculture Specialist, Lydia Oberholtzer, Pennsylvania State University, and Dr. Carolyn Dimitri, New York University

Published: November 2016

Updated: n/a



12 pages


Urban agriculture can play an important role in supporting local food systems. The potential benefits agriculture off ers in urban areas have gained the interest of many residents and policy makers, who are implementing policies, developing infrastructure, and creating markets to support the growing number of urban farms. Urban farmers are faced with a unique set of challenges that includes the high cost of land, access to capital resources, and limited availability of technical assistance. This publication focuses on information gathered from a 2013 national study of urban agriculture.

Table of Contents

About the National Study: Methods and Procedures
About the Study's Urban Farmers and Farms
Production Practice of Urban Farms
Sales and Marketing Practices of Urban Farms
Challenges and Training Needs for Urban Farms
Further Resources

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