Urban Agriculture
University of California
Urban Agriculture

Business Management

Greens grown at City Slicker Farms plot, West Oakland, California
Many urban agriculture projects deal with some aspect of commercial production. Farming is a business, and it’s important to plan accordingly. The following section provides farmers with resources to manage a farm business, including cash flow spreadsheets, business plan templates, marketing strategies, and more key tools and advice for business management.


Two important California based programs can provide additional information to urban farmers who are seeking to start or develop a business. The UC Small Farm Program provides resources and tools for marketing and managing small farms. California FarmLink  serves Northern California, the Central Coast, and the Central Valley with access to loans and listings of available land. Nationally, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has resources including microloans that may be appropriate for some urban farmers.

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