Urban Agriculture and Community Gardens in the City of Raleigh

Food policies touch on several aspects of urban life with which City government takes an active interest, including zoning and land use, water use, economic development, public health, education, quality of life, and community building. Food policies encompass programs and initiatives large and small, public and private, from community gardens to urban farms. 

In 2010, Raleigh City administration formed a Work Group comprised of City staff and community advocates. The Work Group’s goal was to look at ways to remove obstacles to city-wide community gardening efforts on private property and examine opportunities for community gardening on public lands.

This April 2011 report documents municipal considerations, working group recommendations, zoning changes and use of public land. It also includes best practices in other jurisdictions.

Prepared by:
Department of City Planning
Office of Sustainability
Department of Community Development
Parks & Recreation Department
Public Advocates and Community Garden Working Group