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Urban Agriculture: Home


Urban agriculture is a social movement that couples the tradition of farming with the lifestyle of an urban dweller. It is the art and process of growing crops in backyards, community gardens, rooftops, and other patches of land where it is safe and possible to harvest food. It involves cultivating the soil, planting the crop, ensuring it receives the necessary amounts of sun, nutrients, water, air, and soil, recycling any waste as compost, and treating the soil and surrounding landscape with green, environmentally friendly products to allow for future use.

This research guide presents recommended resources for UDC's Urban Agriculture program. 


The website for UDC's Center for Urban Agriculture & Gardening Education includes information about UDC's Urban Food Hubs, including the Firebird Research Farm. 

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Recommended Journals

Below is a short list of journals that cover the area of urban agriculture or agriculture in general. If there is an article you are interested in that is not freely available through UDC library resources, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan. If you have questions on how to do this, contact a librarian.


UDC belongs to the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC).

The nine member libraries share circulating materials with each other and have a common library catalog.

You can use the catalog to look for materials in all of the libraries' collections at one time, or you can limit your search to any one of the libraries.

Related Research Guides

The following UDC Library research guides are related to urban agriculture and may provide additional useful information.

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Help Guides

We have created several Help Guides to help you navigate using library and information resources and tools. These guides are designed to walk you through finding what you need while offering tips, tricks, and other useful information. 

You can see a full list of our subject guides in our Index of Research Guides.

Recommended Databases

Recommended Books

Browse the Stacks

If you want to browse the stacks for urban agriculture books, you can find titles related to this topic in the call number sections below. If you need assistance finding a topic or a specific title, just ask a reference librarian for help.

  • HD 1401-2210 - Industries, Land Use, Labor - Agriculture
  • QK - Botany
  • S - Agriculture (General) (S494.5 - Urban Agriculture)
  • SB - Plant Culture


When you search for articles, books, and other information, you need to use keywords. There are myriad potential keywords for urban agriculture concepts; below is a list just some of the keywords or categories of keywords that could be used in the library databases. You can use them on their own or mix and match them to narrow your results.

  • agroecology
  • alternative agriculture
  • biointensive
  • city gardening
  • community gardens
  • ecological economics
  • edible landscaping
  • food hubs
  • green roof
  • homesteading
  • hydroponics
  • local food
  • native plants
  • permaculture
  • regenerative agriculture
  • sustainable agriculture
  • sustainable urban agriculture
  • urban agriculture
  • urban farmers
  • urban farming
  • urban gardens
  • urban land use
  • vertical farming