It Happened – A Federal Office of Urban Agriculture
Touch the Soil News #1201 (Feature photo – Urban Agriculture – Public Domain)
For many years now, activists, concerned citizens, organic farmers, urban farmers and community groups have supported the idea of establishing an Office of Urban Agriculture within the United States Department of Agriculture.
The enactment of the 2018 Farm Bill includes a provision for the Secretary of Agriculture to establish an Office of Urban Agriculture. The new Office of Urban Agriculture is charged with encouraging and promoting urban, indoor and other emerging agricultural practice including:
- Community gardens and farms located in urban areas, suburbs and urban clusters.
- Rooftop farms, outdoor vertical production and green walls.
- Indoor farms, greenhouses and high-tech vertical technology farms.
- Hydroponic, aeroponic and aquaponic farm facilities.
- Other innovations in agricultural production as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture.
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This provision opens the door for cities and counties to begin building their own food systems which provide resilience in a world of political, financial and trade volatility.