Urban Agriculture
University of California
Urban Agriculture

What is Urban Agriculture?

Raised beds, Job Corps Farm, San Francisco. Photo by Aziz Baameur



There a number of definitions of urban agriculture (UA).  At UC ANR we are using this definition:

“Urban agriculture includes production (beyond that which is strictly for home consumption or educational purposes), distribution and marketing of food and other products within the cores of metropolitan areas and at their edges.  Examples include community, school, backyard, and rooftop gardens with a purpose extending beyond home consumption and education, urban market gardens, innovative food-production methods that maximize production in a small area, community supported agriculture based in urban areas, and family farms located in metropolitan greenbelts.”  (Adapted from the American Planning Association, 2011).

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