Links & Resources: Urban Agriculture & Community Gardens

Reports, books, articles, media and more. Looking for resources on the benefits, types, and guides on urban agriculture and community gardening? Read on.


Cultivating the Capital: Food Growing and the Planning System in London. Planning and Housing Committee, Greater London Authority, 2010. 

Cultivating the Commons: An Assessment of the Potential for Urban Agriculture on Oakland’s Public Land. Nathan McClintock & Jenny Cooper. Department of Geography, University of California, Berkeley, 2009.

Cultivating Community: Principles and Practices for Community Gardening as a Community-Building Tool, Karen Payne and Deborah Fryman, American Community Gardening Association, New York, NY, 2001.

East New York Farms! Retrospective Case Study, Sarita Daftary-Steel and Suzanne Gervais, New York, NY, 2014. Prezi presentation. Summary of findings and analysis can be found at Analysis: East New York Farms! Case Study 2014.

Farming Inside Cities: Entrepreneurial Urban Agriculture in the United States. Jerry Kaufman & Martin Bailkey, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge, MA, 2000.

Health Benefits of Urban Agriculture. Anne C. Bellows, Katherine Brown & Jac Smit.Community Food Security Coalition, Urban Agriculture Committee.

A Planners Guide to Community and Regional Food Planning. Samina Raja, Branden Born & Jessica Kozlowski Russell, American Planning Association Planning Advisory Service Report 554, 2008.

Scaling Up Urban Agriculture in Toronto: Building the Infrastructure. Joseph Nasr, Rod MacRae and James Kuhns. The Metcalf Foundation, 2010.

Urban Agriculture and Community Food Security in the United States: Farming From the City to the Urban Fringe. Katherine H. Brown and Members of the Community Food Security Coalition Urban Agriculture Committee, 2002.


Cities Farming for the Future: Urban Agriculture for Green and Productive Cities. Rene van Veenhuizen, editor, RUAF Foundation, IDRC and IIRR, 2006.

City Bountiful: A Century of Community Gardening in America. Laura J. Lawson, University of California Press, 2005.

City Farming: Adventures in Urban Food Growing. Lorraine Johnson, Greystone Press (Canada), 2010. (US publication expected in 2011.)

Creating Community Gardens, Minnesota State Horticultural Society Minnesota State Horticultural Society, Saint Paul, MN. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons: 1970.

Growing Better Cities: Urban Agriculture for Sustainable Development. Luc J.A. Mougeot, International Development Research Centre, 2006.

Healthy City Harvests: Generating Evidence to Guide Policy on Urban Agriculture.Donald Cole, Diana Lee-Smith & George Nasinyama, editors, Urban Harvest and Makerere University, 2008.

Seedfolks. Paul Fleischman, HarperCollins, 1997.

“To Subsidise My Income”: Urban Farming in an East-African Town. Dick Foeken, Brill, 2006.

Urban Agriculture: Food, Jobs and Sustainable Cities, Second Edition. Jac Smit, Joe Nasr and Annu Ratta, The Urban Agriculture Network and the United Nations Development Programme, 2010.


Agriculture and Food Availability – Cultivating the City: Mapping and Characterizing Urban Agriculture with Satellite Imagery. Sergio Freire, Teresa Santos and J.A. Tenedorio, Earthzine, November 2009.

Lush Lots: Everyday Urban Agriculture: From Community Gardening to Community Food Security. Michael Nairn and Domenic Vitiello. Harvard Design Magazine, Fall/Winter 2009.

Street Farmer. Elizabeth Royte. The New York Times Magazine, July 5, 2009.

Urban Agriculture Magazine (semi-annual), Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security.

Zoning for Urban Agriculture. Nina Mukherji and Alfonso Morales. Zoning Practice(American Planning Association), Issue 3, March 2010.


The Garden (2008), Black Valley Films.

Seeds, Hope & Concrete: Building Communities, Improving Lives, Heifer International.