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Chapter 1: Urban production systems

Neith Little, Extension Agent, Urban Agriculture

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Neith Little

Extension Agent,
Urban Agriculture

University of Maryland Extension

In agricultural contexts, the word production is used as short-hand to refer to all the activities involved in physically growing, raising, or making the products (vegetables, flowers, meat, eggs, hot sauce, an agritourism experience, etc.) that will eventually be sold. Important non-production agricultural activities include financial planning, marketing, complying with legal responsibilities, and managing human resources (see the other chapters of this guidebook)

This chapter will describe the types of production systems used in urban agriculture and introduce important topics that an urban farmer will need to consider to successfully produce a product for sale and manage production risks.

As described in the introduction, urban agriculture is diverse and includes a wide variety of production systems and business models. This chapter will focus on the scale and challenges most relevant to urban farmers and urban agriculture entrepreneurs who sell what they produce (whether for-profit or not-for-profit).


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