Urban Agriculture

Jefferson Conservation District's goal is to foster sustainable farming practices through education and partner cooperation, which will protect natural resources and meet the needs of a growing urban population.

JCD offers technical and educational assistance to urban agricultural producers within the District.

What is Urban Agriculture?

Urban Agriculture is defined as food production in and around urban areas, encompassing the cultivation, processing, and ensuing distribution of food. It can take numerous forms, ranging from community gardens to those on roof-tops or in backyards, and includes a wide range of production practices such as animal husbandry, cut-flower production, horticulture, aquaculture, and beekeeping, among others.

As urban agriculture continues to grow, it is critical to understand its importance and the numerous social, health, and environmental benefits that it provides. Specifically, not only does urban agriculture enhance productivity and efficiency on a per foot basis, but it is often considerably more sustainable in terms of water and space usage. In addition, it is a key component in the alleviation of issues associated with urban growth and food insecurity, providing greater accessibility of nutritious foods to urban populations.

JCD can assist with many aspects of urban agriculture such as:

  • Pasture management
  • Animal husbandry
  • Backyard and community gardening
  • Soil health
  • High tunnel installation
  • Soil moisture sensors

How we can help:

Despite the growing population of urban farms, urban agriculture faces numerous barriers, including access to social & physical capital. For this reason, JCD’s urban agriculture program aims to provide support to urban producers in any way we can. This includes offering informational site visits, extensive educational programming & materials, networking opportunities with relevant organizations, and participation in relevant Farm Bill programs.

Contact us with your questions or to schedule a visit to your farm or garden!