Farming in the City

Did you know that 15 percent of the world’s food is grown in urban areas? From backyard community gardens to vacant lots, and along highways and on rooftops, urban farmers are bringing people closer to their food.

These farmers are growing fresh, healthy produce and, at the same time, are providing jobs, beautifying their neighborhoods, and offering access to fresh, healthy food in areas where grocery stores are sparse.

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As American agriculture continues to grow in new directions, USDA is growing along with it. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service provides technical and financial assistance for assistance for urban growers in areas such as:

  • Soil Health
  • Irrigation and Water Conservation
  • Weeds and Pests
  • High Tunnels

Learn More

Meet some of the urban farmers who work with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Or download USDA’s Urban Agriculture Toolkit.

Suzanne Pender is a communications coordinator with USDA’s Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Risk Management Agency. She can be reached at