#30 Chickens and Other Poultry

Back to the Guide to Urban Farming Table of Contents>> City Ordinances Municipalities might outright prohibit the keeping of chickens and other poultry, prohibit the keeping of roosters, limit the number of birds that can be kept, or require permits or licenses to keep poultry. City ordinances might also regulate the building and management of … Read More

#29 Urban Livestock

Back to the Guide to Urban Farming Table of Contents>> Livestock in Urban Environments Urban farmers interested in raising livestock face challenges unique to their city environments. Space limitations restrict the number and type of livestock that can be kept. Close proximity to neighbors requires that farmers take care not to create nuisance conditions, such … Read More

#28 Affordable Supplies

Back to the Guide to Urban Farming Table of Contents>> Tools and Equipment In New York City, the GrowNYC Grow Truck tool loan program traverses all five boroughs and loans out both common and specialized garden tools, as well as other garden supplies. More information and an application to borrow tools are available online at … Read More

#27 Rainwater Harvesting

Back to the Guide to Urban Farming Table of Contents>> Benefits of Rainwater Harvesting Rainwater harvesting in urban environments not only saves money for urban farmers, but also has a positive environmental impact. Rainwater harvesting helps to keep stormwater, which is often filled with debris and waste, out of the sewage system, and in turn … Read More

#26 Fencing

Back to the Guide to Urban Farming Table of Contents>> Fencing Fencing can be an effective way to keep intruders (and animal pests) from entering an urban farm, but fence height and material should be considered carefully. Each fence style sends a certain message. Tall, chain-link fences provide a lot of security, but can be … Read More

#25 Site Security

Back to the Guide to Urban Farming Table of Contents>> Dealing with Theft and Vandalism Urban farms are often highly visible and accessible, and as such are vulnerable to theft, vandalism, and other destructive human activity. Successful urban farms and farming organizations, such as the Food Project in Boston, MA, suggest the following tips for … Read More

#24 Waste Management

Back to the Guide to Urban Farming Table of Contents>> Information on Waste and Waste Management The New York Department of Environmental Conservation is the best source of information about all types of waste, including solid waste, organic waste, and toxic and hazardous waste, as well as recycling and composting information. Their resources include but … Read More

#23 Pest and Disease Management

Back to the Guide to Urban Farming Table of Contents>> Best Practices for Pest and Disease Management Even if municipal codes do not prohibit the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers, urban farmers should practice certain best practices to manage pests and diseases organically and limit environmental impact on soils and local water bodies, as … Read More

#22 Pesticide Use Regulations

Back to the Guide to Urban Farming Table of Contents>> Pesticide Use Regulations When using pesticides, the label is the law. Make sure you read it! More information about pesticide use regulations, including the Pesticide Applicator Certification, is available online at www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/298.html. Note that these pesticide regulations are for farmers applying pesticides to rented or … Read More

#21 Composting

Back to the Guide to Urban Farming Table of Contents>> Composting and Fertilizing Compost is essential to maintaining an urban soil fertility program, and adds organic matter, micronutrients, and beneficial microorganisms to the soil. Urban farmers should be able to use organic fertilizers, such as fish emulsion and manure, and take care to prevent runoff … Read More

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