Florida Study Identifies Needs of Urban Farmers

A newly published study by University of Florida IFAS researchers explored the opportunities, barriers, and needs faced by urban farmers. Researchers surveyed 53 urban farmers across the state and found that labor was the most common barrier faced by urban farmers, followed by access to capital and profitability. Participating farmers identified value-added products and agritourism as the most promising future opportunities they saw, but also cited new crops, online sales, and training and education as potential opportunities. The researchers will use their findings to develop new information products through Extension. The full report, Commercial Urban Agriculture in Florida: Needs, Opportunities, and Barriers, is available online.