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About Urban Agriculture

Urban Agriculture is just as it sounds—the practice of raising food in urban or suburban areas, alongside the hustle and bustle of city life. Urban agriculture can be many things-- a schoolyard chicken coop and vegetable garden teaching students healthy habits, a vacant lot growing food for neighborhood families, a church garden feeding the hungry, or an entrepreneur's acre supplying restaurants and farmers markets. Cities and towns that support urban agriculture may enjoy increased food security, youth development, small business development, reduced blight in neighborhoods, and increased quality of life overall.

Mission

We believe that supporting urban agriculture in Indiana’s cities and towns will lead to healthier, more resilient people and places! So check out what we can do for you!

Portraits at Felege Hiywot Center near downtown Indianapolis on April 6, 2018.

Urban Agriculture Certification

The Urban Agriculture Certificate is a 100% online program where students receive in-depth instruction for urban crop production from farm design through harvest techniques.

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Events

Urban Agriculture holds a variety of programs each year that range from educational programs to certifications

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Programs

The Urban Agriculture Certificate

The Urban Agriculture Certificate is a new, fully online program that provides students with the flexibility to earn their certificate from anywhere, anytime. Participants receive in-depth instruction for urban crop production from farm design through harvest techniques.

Indiana Small Farm Conference

The Indiana Small Farm Conference serves as the annual educational and farmer-to-farmer networking event for the Indiana small and diversified farm community. The conference was developed in response to a gathering of Indiana small farmers and stakeholders and has had continued success thanks to the support of Indiana farmers and organizations.

Indiana Horticulture Conference & Expo

The Indiana Horticulture Conference & Expo is an educational meeting designed to meet the needs of fruit, vegetable, wine, organics, and specialty crop growers and marketers in Indiana and surrounding states.

Purdue Student Farm

The Student Farm is a working small farm near Purdue’s campus that grows vegetables, herbs, and cut flowers using the principles that naturally govern balanced ecosystems, including emphasis on diversity, healthy soil, healthy plants, and healthy people.

Johnnie Mae Farm

In 2015, the City of Fort Wayne’s Office of Housing & Neighborhood Services completed the historic renovation of former fire station #9 and equipped it with a state-of-the-art commercial grade kitchen, which is available for rent or use by community groups.

Urban Agriculture Tool Kit:

The toolkit is a document created by the USDA that identifies and describes technical and financial resources developed by urban farmers, federal and city government agencies, and local organizations that address considerations for new urban farmers.

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Urban Farm Business Plan:

The Urban Farm Business Plan Handbook provides guidance for developing a business plan for the startup and operation of an urban farm and focuses on food and non-food related cultivated agriculture.

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Urban Ag News:

Urban Ag News educates readers and provide an understanding of the industry’s latest technologies and luminaries.

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Newsletter

We release a monthly newsletter that includes events, surveys, opportunities, and news about our community. You can also subscribe to our email list by clicking below.

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Our Team

Urban Agriculture works to support urban agriculture in Indiana’s cities and towns will lead to healthier, more resilient people and places!

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Purdue Extension

Urban Agriculture aims to raise awareness of raising food in urban or suburban areas. Whether its a schoolyard chicken coop, a vacant lot, or an entrepreneur's acre supplying restaurants and farmers market, we will help make it happen!

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NCR-SARE Grants

North Central Region SARE administers several grant programs for a variety of audiences and programs that focus on research and education. Access their website and the application by clicking the link below.

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Our Partners

Partners

Urban Agriculture partners with many agencies across Indiana to support you as a diversified or beginning farmer, help you connect with other locals, and more.

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Contact Us

MAILING ADDRESS

Nathan Shoaf

Urban Agriculture State Coordinator

615 W State Street
West Lafayette
IN  47907

AVAILABLE AT 8AM TO 5PM

(775) 496-3225

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