Urban Agriculture in New York City

New York City is not necessarily a place you would expect urban agriculture to thrive—it is one of the most densely populated cities in the country, with some of the highest real estate values. And yet, New York is a leader in the practice of urban agriculture.

Urban Agriculture in New York City

Urban agriculture involves many different types of food-producing spaces, stakeholders, resources, and policies, and it contributes to many benefits. 

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Five Borough Farm Phase II is a project of the Design Trust for Public Space, in partnership with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, to strengthen and expand urban agriculture in New York City.


The second installment of the Five Borough Farm video series features famers + city officials discussing the two most pressing needs for urban agriculture in NYC: land availability and access to high quality soil and compost. 


Explore a photo series of New York City's farms and gardens

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“New York City is not the most likely candidate for urban agriculture in my mind… what's really interesting and unique is that New York City is a city full of entrepreneurs and people who make smart connections.”

- Commercial Farmer

4 Types of Urban Agriculture

The city is home to many different kinds of urban agriculture projects. Many share similar goals and characteristics. Five Borough Farm establishes four main types. Read more


The city's urban agriculture community includes not only farmers and gardeners, but also school principals and sanitation workers, bodega owners and public housing residents, as well as city officials, support organizations, and foundations.  Read more


New York City farmers and gardeners offer cooking demonstrations, train youth in job and leadership skills, collect food waste and rainwater, run community organization campaigns - and they grow food.

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