Interested in the potential of urban agriculture? A recent study by the Turner Environmental Law Clinic at the Emory University School of Law offers an in-depth look at urban agriculture programs in various cities around the United States, and is a great template for people hoping to expand urban farming in their area. The study, also sponsored by Georgia Organics, is one of the most comprehensive studies of urban farming policies across the country. Some of the cities mentioned in the report have been quick to find ways to help urban agriculture thrive in the city, while others are still struggling to identify the best ways to encourage the growth of urban farming. This wide variety of conditions in different cities demonstrates that there is no single best policy to encourage urban agriculture, but rather each city needs to develop its own policy based on its own needs.
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