Farming in the City

How to Farm in the City

skylineHow to Farm in the City, made possible with a USDA Conservation Innovation Grant, is a dynamic web based resource designed to help people learn the ins and outs of farming in town. Urban farming, done well, has the potential to provide good healthy food with less pollution and energy inputs than food from far away. Urban farming done improperly poses pollution risks to our air, land and water, and even risks to human health.

If you plan on farming in the City, you may want to include high tunnels (hoop houses) to extend your growing season, raise chickens for eggs and meat, harvest honey by keeping bees, build a composting and/or vermicomposting (using worms to break down food) bin to create your own rich soil and reduce waste, incorporate water and energy saving techniques and more. This is a living document designed to help you find resources to do all of those things, essentially, a guide to streamline your process of how to farm in the City.

If you need information that is missing, or have a favorite urban farming related website to share, contact Mike at the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks and we will work together to make the site better.

Local Laws & City Ordinances

Regulations to Keeping Chickens in the City of Springfield

Regulations for Personal Gardens, Community Gardens, Commercial Gardens and Farmers Markets in the City of Springfield

Show-Me Yards & Neighborhoods

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MU Extension General Information

MU Extension is Missouri’s one-stop source to practical education on many topics including:  MU Extension

Raising Back Yard Chickens

Vegetable Gardening

Vegetable Planting Calendar

Organic Vegetable Gardening Techniques

Disease Prevention in Home Vegetable Gardens

Vermicomposting

How to Build a Compost Bin

Making and Using Compost

Improving Farm Sustainability with High Tunnels

Beekeeping Tips for Beginners

Energy and Your Farm

Community Gardening Toolkit

General Soil Information

How Does Your Garden Grow? Brownfields Redevelopment and Local Agriculture

Urban Soil Primer: For homeowners and renters, local planning boards, property managers, students, and educators

Examples and Inspiration

Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition

Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition (SUAC) promotes healthy lifestyles and environments through hands on education about production and consumption of locally-produced, natural, healthy foods.

Growing Power

Growing Power is a national nonprofit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities. Growing Power implements this mission by providing hands-on training, on-the-ground demonstration, outreach and technical assistance through the development of Community Food Systems that help people grow, process, market and distribute food in a sustainable manner.

Urban Farming™

The Urban Farming™ mission is to create an abundance of food for people in need by supporting and encouraging the establishment of gardens on unused land and space while increasing diversity, raising awareness for health and wellness, and inspiring and educating youth, adults and seniors to create an economically sustainable system to uplift communities around the globe.

Springfield Botanical Center

The Springfield Botanical Center has been established for enhancing people’s lives through plant demonstrations and education. The Gardens at the Botanical Center are a resource for leisure, teaching, and public service missions of University of Missouri Extension and Friends of the Garden. The Botanical Center is owned, operated and maintained by the Springfield-Greene County Park Board. Visit their website to learn more about events and educational opportunities.

Community Gardens

Where to Donate Produce in Springfield, MO

Where to Buy a Rain Barrel

Smiling Sun

Rain Reserve

Habitat for Humanity Restore

Race Brothers

SoMo Farm and Ranch Supply

Wickman’s Garden Village