Types of Urban Farms

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Guide to Urban Farming

Take a free look at a trending topic in agriculture and urban development with AU Online’s guide, Plants and Policies: How Urban Farming is Transforming Cities. You’ll learn about the benefits of urban farming and how you, as a public official, can support it alongside urban farm managers and the community.

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Urban farming is experiencing a dramatic increase in popularity, and that’s likely because there are so many ways to integrate it into the environment. Here’s a look at a few major types of urban farms.

Community Garden

  • These gardens promote healthy eating and may reduce obesity for participants. [1]

Backyard Garden

  • In the U.S., food travels between 1,500 and 2,500 miles from farm to table. [2]
  • In the U.S., food travels as much as 25% farther than it did two decades ago.
  • 35% of U.S. households grow food at home or in a community garden. [2]

School Garden

  • The USDA reports around 7,101 school gardens in the country. [3]

Zfarming (Zero-Acreage Farming)

Zfarming projects are characterized by the lack of land or acreage use for farming activities.

  • One square meter of agricultural rooftop space in a city can offset the annual carbon emissions of one car. [4]
  • A 20,000-square-foot rooftop farm in Chicago produces 8,000 lbs. of produce a year. [5]

Indoor Farming

  • The indoor farming technology market is projected to reach $40.25 billion in 2022. [6]

Vertical Farming

  • A vertical farm in Japan yields up to 10,000 heads of lettuce a day at 25,000 square feet – 100 times more per square foot than traditional methods. [7]



  1. American Journal of Public Health
  2. The National Gardening Association
  3. USDA
  4. Environmental Pollution
  5. Open House Chicago
  6. Markets and Markets
  7. EcoWatch

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