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Urban Agriculture 

Urban Agriculture is defined by the USDA as the cultivation, processing and distribution of agricultural products in urban and suburban settings, including things like vertical production, warehouse farms, community gardens, rooftop farms, hydroponic, aeroponic, and aquaponic facilities, and other innovations.  It is a common belief that urban agriculture will play a crucial role in future food production and a more sustainable future.

Food deserts are areas that have limited access to affordable and nutritious food.  They can be found all over the United States, and in Massachusetts. Food deserts are often communities with a high proportion of low-income families, inadequate transportation, and a limited number of food retailers.  These areas are often associated with increased risk of obesity, diabetes, and other weight related diseases.  Encouraging and supporting urban agriculture in different forms increases food availability to these communities, while also giving members the opportunity to participate in the production of their own food, reduce carbon footprints. Urban ag can even have cultural benefits, such as increasing the availability of culturally important food that may not be commonly found at food retailers and preserving other cultural traditions that are linked to food.

In 2022, the Plymouth County Conservation District received a grant from the National Association of Conservation Districts to assess urban agriculture within Plymouth County. The goal of this assessment is to identify the common needs and challenges often associated with urban agriculture. A better understanding of the urban ag community will allow the conservation district to properly serve the community and plan future beneficial programs to support and encourage urban farmers and related organizations.

Urban Agriculture in Plymouth County

Urban Agriculture is taking root in Plymouth County and we want to be apart of it! Most of Plymouth County is considered rural, but for urban areas such as Brockton and Plymouth, the municipalities have embraced urban agriculture. Not only does commercialized urban agriculture have the potential to bring new jobs to the area, but it is a source of fresh food for community members. 

Research has suggested that urban agriculture is the future of agriculture as our population continues to increase and we want to play a part in our community. 

If you're involved with a school group, youth group, or community group that is interested in learning more please contact us!

We are also reaching out to community gardens, conservation and agriculture commissions, and related non-profits so that we can learn more about the needs of urban agriculture in the area and how we can help! 

In the mean time- check out these news articles about urban agriculture in Plymouth County. Interested in learning more about Urban Agriculture? We've included a few podcast links as well! 

Massachusetts's First Vertical Farm in Brockton

Plymouth Public Library's Fruitful Gardening 

Farming the Future Podcast

Gotham Greens Podcast

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Plymouth County Conservation District

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