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Urban Guide to Farming in NY

UrbanFarmCoverThe guide is designed to inform urban farmers about advocating for urban agriculture, accessing and reclaiming land, producing food and farm products in city centers, marketing, financing, and other information they need to know to launch, continue, or expand their farm businesses.

Download the entire Guide to Urban Farming here (PDF).

I. Making Urban Farming Possible

#1 Codes and Regulations
#2 Advocacy and Planning
#3 Engaging Communities
#4 Land Access and Tenure

II. Farming in Urban Centers

#5 Site Renovation
#6 Soil Contamination
#7 Dealing with Contaminated Soils
#8 Air and Water Pollution
#9 Climate Considerations
#10 Season Extension
#11 Raised Beds
#12 Container Gardening
#13 Roof Top Gardening
#14 Intensive Techniques
#15 Hydroponics
#16 Mushrooms
#17 Urban Orchards
#18 Going Organic
#19 Pesticide Use Regulations
#20 Soil Fertility
#21 Crop Rotation
#22 Cover Cropping
#23 Composting
#24 Waste Management
#25 Pest and Disease Management
#26 Site Security
#27 Fencing
#28 Rainwater Harvesting
#29 Affordable Supplies

III. Raising Urban Livestock

#30 Urban Livestock
#31 Chickens and Other Poultry
#32 Beekeeping
#33 Aquaponics

IV. Making Urban Farming Profitable

#34 Business Planning
#35 Business Structures
#36 Risk Management and Insurance
#37 Assessing Your Market Potential
#38 Pricing Your Farm Products
#39 Finding Price Information
#40 Direct Marketing Options
#41 Marketing in Urban Environments
#42 CSAs in the City
#43 Marketing Regulations
#44 Food Security and Access
#45 Value-Added Processing
#46 Record Keeping
#47 Labor Information
#48 Grant and Financial Opportunities
#49 Financing an Urban Farm

V. General Resources

#50 General Resources
#51 Training & Education

VI. Appendix

New York State Urban Farming Organizations