Urban Agriculture and Natural Resources

Urban Ag Overview

As part of the Ohio State College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), OSU Extension engages in urban agriculture with faculty, staff, and students, as well as industry and community members. Two primary areas of focus include:

  • Urban Agriculture and the Food System
  • Urban Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry

This encompasses urban, indoor, and other emerging agricultural production, harvesting, transportation, aggregation, packaging, distribution, and markets in and around cities.

Urban Context
Scale
Population density in metropolitan areas
presents both opportunity and challenges.

Diversity
Diverse producers, workforce, clientele,
and community leaders interact through urban ag.

Complexity
Policies and agricultural ordinances
vary across multiple jurisdictions.

Urban-Suburban-Rural Interface
The flow of the agricultural value chain
extends across Ohio's diverse landscape.
Addressing the distinct urban context creates connection
rather than divide in the urban-rural interface.

OSU Extension embraces a broad scope of urban agriculture based on shared interests in urban contexts that influence:

  • Production, including soil and water quality; pollinators pests, and weeds; safety and waste.
  • Workforce, markets, and policies for those engaging in commercial operations.
  • Economic, social, cultural, and other community impacts of agriculture in urban communities.
  • Agricultural ecosystem

Many Ohioans engage in aspects of urban agriculture including those growing at home, in community gardens, or through commercial operations.

 

Urban ag food system

(past, present, future projections)

 

Urban environmental horticulture and urban forestry

(past, present, future projections)

 

Urban Agriculture Working Group 
Case Studies

Agritourism
Commercial
Community gardening
Farm to school
Forestry
Home gardening
Landscaping
Livestock
Market gardening
Microfarm
Nursery
Retail

National Resources

Urban Agriculture and Regional Food Systems (journal)
Urban Forestry & Urban Greening (journal)

OSU Resources

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References

WinklerPrins, A. M. (Ed.). (2017). Global urban agriculture. CABI.