Urban agriculture is increasingly recognized by city authorities and communities for the many benefits it brings such as:
- Strengthening the resilience and sustainability of the local food system
- Promoting access to healthier food
- Promoting economic opportunity, income and entrepreneurialism
- Helping neighborhoods revitalize themselves
To make it easier for our community members to grow and sell food in their neighborhoods as a way to promote economic development and improve access to healthy food, the Urban Agriculture Action Team of the Dallas Coalition for Hunger Solutions created two guides for your use.
A Guide to Getting Started: Urban Agriculture in Dallas, will provide you with information on Dallas codes as well as describe best practices for growing food in an urban environment. It will walk you through a series of topics to be considered as you are putting together an urban agriculture project.
Harvesting and Selling: A Guide for New, Small Urban Producers is aimed at those interested in selling locally grown food items at area farmers markets. Although written by and for Dallas area producers, much of the information is generic (especially for Texas).
While there is no one-size-fits-all for urban agriculture, there are some best practices to know and to apply, so go ahead and download these guides and good luck!