The adaptation strategies below offer possible ways to address anticipated climate risks to urban gardens and farms.
Adaptation strategies for urban gardens and farms
- Set metrics-based goals to protect urban farming, including buildings and gardens that produce locally-sold agricultural products and a diversity of agricultural products.
- Adopt ordinances, zoning updates, or other mechanisms to support urban farming preservation and urban food production from future development. Examples could include: making gardening a primary use and farming a conditional/permitted use on city land, reducing barriers to animal keeping, removing restrictions that impede composting, allowing hours of sales of produce grown on-site, and allowing structures such as hoop houses and tunnels.
- Review zoning codes and other land use regulations and eliminate or reduce policies that restrict urban food production.
- Facilitate rooftop farming, vertical farming, and other urban farming practices that can create opportunities for food access in the area instead of relying on importing food.
- Create incentives for buildings and developments to incorporate urban gardens and farms.
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