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Urban Agriculture Toolkit

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 made by EPA-United States Environmental Protection Agency- provides guidance for developing a business plan for the startup and operation of an urban farm. It focuses on food and non-food related cultivated agriculture. The information provided is applicable regardless of whether the farm is to be operated as a non-profit or for-profit business.

Urban Ag News

The mission of Urban Ag News is to be the leading science communicator for the commercial hydroponics, greenhouse vegetable, vertical farming and urban agriculture industries. Urban Ag News educates readers and provide an understanding of the industry’s latest technologies and luminaries.

Brownsfield and Urban Agriculture: Interim Guidelines for Safe Gardening Practices

This document is a condensation of the input of 60 experts from academia, state and local government, and the nonprofit sector who gathered in Chicago on October 21 and 22, 2010 to outline the range of issues which need to be addressed in order to safely grow food on former brownfields sites.

Purdue DFFS Aquaponics

Aquaculture is the breeding, rearing, and harvesting of fish, shellfish, algae, and other organisms in all types of water environments. On our Diversification page on the DFFS webpage, you'll find resources on fish, shrimp, aquaponics and more.

Additional Resources

The Gary Urban Farmer’s Initiative

The Gary Urban Farmer’s Initiative is a group of Gary Farmers who are building capacity in Gary to help fight food deserts, provide healthy local food to the citizens of Gary and NW Indiana. As part of our efforts, we will be hosting a 12-week training class that will cover the basic to advanced training on the topic of urban agriculture and various techniques of growing. For more information or to sign up for the class call 219-755-3240, email Lyndia Bodie-Fernandez,

Growing in the City

Urban agriculture offers the possibility of harvesting fresh and healthy products, guaranteeing food security for people who take advantage of the space of their gardens in the city, learn through this video how it is and how urban agriculture is applied.

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