The Definitive List of Urban Farming Resource Sites

Photo by David Barrow

Urban farming or urban gardening, whatever you want to call it, is on the rise and in a BIG way. A lot of people are adding homegrown food to their diets from something as simple as a single herb plant to a beautiful backyard cornucopia of freshly grown produce.

While this isn’t a new concept, it has been largely an absent idea in cities and suburbs for several decades. As the country moved more and more to processed foods and farther away from fresh and organic foods, our health and environment have taken a toll. People have realized that if they don’t take their food system into their own hands, no one will.

Any step towards eating an organic and local diet is a step in the right direction. A single tomato plant on your front porch is a revolution.

While the lines between urban gardening, urban farming, and urban homesteading are hazy at best, I’ve tried to provide a definitive list of the best resources for urban farming / urban gardening sites active today that focus on producing food for people. If you know of any that should be added to the list, feel free to leave a comment below. I fully expect to have missed a few good ones so don’t be shy.

P.S. There will be a separate post for individual urban farms. DON’T WORRY.

City Farmer News – A website based out of Vancouver, Canada which grew from a newspaper created in 1978. Features urban agriculture news and stories from across the globe.

Root Simple – Kelly and Erik live in L.A. and built one of the best sites out there for urban homesteading. They also wrote, The Urban Homestead, a highly recommended and definitive text on homesteading in a city. Great book.

Seedstock – An urban farming consulting group that posts a wealth of interesting news on urban agriculture topics.

The Urban Farm –  Focuses on teaching the different aspects of permaculture and profiling people who practice it.

The Urban Farming Guys – A non-profit organization that tells its story through video as it seeks to establish sustainable communities in the most poverty-stricken areas across the globe.

Urban Farm Hub – Urban agriculture news from the Pacific Northwest.

Urban Farm Online –  The website companion to the excellent Urban Farm Magazine which is dedicated to sustainable living in the city

Urban Homestead – A family that turned their city property into a fully self-sufficient homestead that produces so much food, they have their own CSA and sell directly to local restaurants. Check out their profile here.

Urban Organic Gardener – Features profiles of urban farmers and posts with clever ideas and useful instructions for trying your own urban gardening projects.

You Grow Girl – A gardening site created by Gayla Trail that has been around for an astounding 15 years. That’s like 8 lifetimes for websites.

2 Responses to “The Definitive List of Urban Farming Resource Sites

  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    Nice list. Thanks. And I don't mean to be nit-picky but when you say a site has a dearth of info did you mean to say wealth? Dearth means a lack of something and I sort of figured you intended this list to be sites that aren't lacking. Haven't visited all the sites yet but some of the descriptions have me wanting to dig in.

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