The University of Arizona Maricopa County Cooperative Extension is establishing an Extension program for urban agriculture and small-scale, beginner farmers. In our program, we define urban agriculture as the production, distribution, and/or marketing of agricultural products within a metropolitan area. Urban farming can also include community and school gardens, backyard and rooftop production, and production in vacant lots or parks. In addition, we define small-scale farms as having less than 50 acres and/or gross cash farm income under $250,000 and a beginning farmer as an individual who has been farming for 10 years or less.
We are currently developing a needs assessment survey for our program so we can address the needs of our clientele.
Plans are underway for our first program seminar this October, which will address topics such as the economics of urban and small acreage farms, local food distribution, IPM strategies, crop rotations, water management, food safety, and more.
The survey is almost ready for distribution. We will provide the link once ready. If you would like to get updates on our urban agriculture and small scale/beginner farming Program, please send your email address to be added to our listserv.