Farming in the City
How to Farm in the City
How 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 Planting Calendar
Organic Vegetable Gardening Techniques
Disease Prevention in Home Vegetable Gardens
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
Rainwater Harvesting Manual
City of Springfield Rain Barrel Rebate
How to make a Rain Barrel brochure
Soil Testing for Better Lawns and Gardens
MU Extension Soil Testing
Urban Agriculture and Soil Contamination: An Introduction to Urban Gardening
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 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.
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.
- Urban Farming
- The Urban Farming Guidebook: Planning for the Business of Growing Food in BC’s Towns & Cities
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.
Rutledge-Wilson Farm Community Park – Adopt an Urban Garden
Springfield Community Gardens
The Kitchen Clinic Herb Garden
Fassnight Creek Farm
Urban Roots Farm
Where to Sell Produce in Springfield, MO
Farmers Market of the Ozarks
Greater Springfield Farmers Market
James River Farmers Market
Where to Buy a Rain Barrel