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Urban Agriculture

Urban Agriculture

The potential health, social, environmental and economic benefits of urban farms and gardens are far-reaching. Studies have found associations between urban community gardens and increased access to healthy food, opportunities for exercise, stronger social cohesion in neighborhoods and higher property values. And like any green space, urban farms and gardens offer essential ecosystem services like moderating temperatures and reducing storm water runoff.

Safe Urban Harvests Study

Researchers surveyed 104 farms and gardens in Baltimore City to learn about their growing practices and tested their soil, irrigation water, and produce for harmful metals. For comparative purposes, the researchers also collected and analyzed conventional and organic produce from grocery stores and farmers markets. Learn more about this study.

Research and reports

The Center for a Livable Future is engaged in several endeavors concerning urban agriculture, including original research, the creation of reports and aggregation of policy and legislation. Learn more about some of our most recent and essential work.