What is Urban Agriculture?
Urban farming is growing in Prince George's County! Urban farm enterprises range from cultivating fruit and vegetables in raised beds and cut-flowers in high tunnels to beekeeping and growing herbs and microgreens indoors. Our residents start urban farms for a variety of reasons including growing healthy food for underserved communities and generating a supplemental income. The University of Maryland Extension has developed an insightful factsheet, What is Urban Agriculture? that we suggest you check out in addition to this page on the importance of urban farms in Prince George's County.
Urban Ag Conservation
Through its Urban Agricultural Conservation Program, the District provides urban farmers and other stakeholders engaged in urban agricultural activities with the tools and services needed to implement Best Management Practices (BMPs) to conserve soil and water resources. Urban soils are important to protect because they are found in watersheds that provide drinking water, food, waste utilization, and natural resources to communities. Typically, these soils have been manipulated and may be contaminated. District staff can help identify solutions to improve the health and productivity of urban soils for growing food and mitigating stormwater runoff.
We provide the following technical services:
- Soil Conservation & Water Quality Plans
- Soils Identification & Testing Consultations
- Best Management Practice Design
- Zoning & Permitting Navigation
- Property Tax Credit Certification
- Mentoring & Training Opportunities
- Monthly Open Mic Nights - Check our calendar!
- Federal Financial Incentive Programs & Other Resources
We work with a variety of residents and organizations:
- Urban Farmers
- Community Gardens
- Public Schools
- Non-Profit Organizations
- Faith-Based Community
- Local, State & Federal Agencies