The term “agriculture” conjures up an image of open land for growing crops or grazing livestock. But in an urban environment where land is at a premium, farming comes in many other creative forms. Gardens in residential front yards, rooftop greenhouses, community gardens on vacant lots, backyard chickens and beehives…the possibilities for growing fresh local food are nearly endless. And popular demand for these products is growing.
Building on pioneering efforts by the City of St. Petersburg, Forward Pinellas has partnered with the City to create a resource for other communities looking to encourage urban agriculture. Drawing from the experience of local governments, farm owners, educators and others, we provide an introduction to the spectrum of agricultural activities in the urban environment; discuss the potential benefits, challenges and opportunities; and provide successful examples from communities across Florida and the U.S.
We put together a number of resources for local governments interested in learning more:
- A blog post with an overview of the study
- A video with examples of local urban farms and community gardens
- A PowerPoint with a discussion of local government approaches
- A handbook of resources for local communities
Next steps will include working with our Planners Advisory Committee on proposed amendments to the Countywide Plan to make it easier to allow urban agricultural uses in appropriate places.
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