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 Patrick 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.