Urban Agriculture is an important component to the growing local food movement, nationally and across the Commonwealth.
MDAR recognizes that urban food production will play an important role in addressing health, social, economic and environmental issues and is working with organizations and sister agencies to support initiatives for urban, sustainable food production.
With the Administration’s official launch in February, 2014, grants from the Urban Agriculture Program were awarded to several urban farming pilot projects. The program will address challenges facing urban farmers and support municipalities with technical assistance to help with the development of zoning ordinances, public education and land assessments.
The program is also designed to build community partnerships, increase access to fresh, nutritious food for urban residents and to promote viable farming methods and local initiatives that other organizations, and cities, can replicate and benefit from.
Urban Ag and Community Planning Conference, State House, Boston - March 20, 2015
- Lydia Sission, Mill City Grows, Lowell file size 3MB
- Jessie Banhazl, Green City Growers, Somerville file size 7MB
- Glynn Lloyd, City Growers, Boston file size 5MB
- Heather McMann, Groundwork Lawrence file size 4MB
- Ann Cody, Nuestras Raices, Holyoke file size 1MB
- Kurt Gaertner, EEA
- Kevin Essington, Trust for Public Land file size 2MB
- Luisa Olivera, City of Sommerville file size 7MB
- Marie Mecurio, Boston Redevelopment Authority file size 4MB
- Jenny Rushlow, Conservation Law Foundation file size 1MB
Urban Farming Conference Panel Minutes
- Organics and Pest Management
- Composting and Soil Fertility
- Strategies for Commercial Success for City Farms
- Climate Adaptation and Food Security
- Youth and Urban Farming
- Land: Policy, Availability and Planning
Session 4 - Mini Urban Farm Talks
- Building the Community Food Economy
- Urban Farming Without Soil -and It’s Not About Hydroponics
- Food Justice
Quick shops: Urban Farm Talks