Seeding the City: Land Use Policies to Promote Urban Agriculture

Land Use, Policy & Advocacy, Sustainable Agriculture


Heather Wooten, MCP (ChangeLab Solutions), Amy Ackerman, JD (

Communities can support, promote, and preserve urban agriculture through land use laws. Land use policies can assist in securing access to and ensuring the preservation of land for agricultural uses. Zoning regulations can ensure that agriculture occurs in suitable locations and under the proper conditions. But there is no one-size-fits-all urban agricultural land use policy. Urban areas vary in availability of land for agriculture, population density, soil suitability, and resident interest. This toolkit sets forth a framework and model language for urban agriculture land use policies that communities can tailor to their particular context and needs.

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