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Chapter 5: The human element: rights and responsibilities, safety and stress

Neith Little, Extension Agent, Urban Agriculture

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 rights and responsibilities, safety and stress
Neith Little

Extension Agent,
Urban Agriculture

University of Maryland Extension

The human element of farming is too often overlooked, but vitally important. It is, after all, why many people farm in the first place: to feed people, to employ people, to provide a good quality of life for oneself and one’s loved ones.

This chapter will help you learn how to proactively protect the physical and mental health of yourself, anyone else working on your farm, your customers, and your community. It will also talk about how to work towards the long-term sustainability of your farm by engaging your community and planning how you will pass the baton.

Many of these topics could benefit from a full chapter on their own, and much has been written about them already. This chapter will focus on putting these topics in the context of urban farming. Additional reading is recommended on the topics most relevant to your situation.

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