This report provides an overview of urban agriculture and local food system resources and practices across the United States and parts of Canada, with a primary emphasis on providing resources that can encourage and support urban agriculture in Missouri’s metropolitan areas.

Examples of successful emerging practices and resources for cities and their urban agriculture practitioners are provided in this report and can also be found at This website, created for this project, includes a public, searchable database containing links to zoning ordinances, promotional and educational information, and resources on urban agriculture and food systems.

This project was funded by a USDN Urban Innovation Fund grant and conducted by sustainability directors from the cities of Kansas City, Columbia, and St. Louis, together with the University of Missouri.