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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 Certificate

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

Grass To Garden

This Purdue Extension Signature Program will equip communities, often composed of diverse audiences with little or no exposure to Purdue Extension, with interdisciplinary education and programming aimed at making successful agricultural and community development efforts and healthier communities with improved access to local food. Click the link below to learn more and to view upcoming events.

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 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.

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.

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.

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!

Contact Us

MAILING ADDRESS

Nathan Shoaf

Urban Agriculture State Coordinator

615 W State Street
West Lafayette
IN  47907

AVAILABLE AT 8AM TO 5PM

(765) 496-3225

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