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Written by Neith Little, Kim Rush Lynch, Dale Johnson, Nicole Cook, and Ginger Myers

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From Surviving to Thriving: Strategies for Urban Farmer Success is a product of the local, regional, and state Extension faculty of the University of Maryland College Park Extension Program and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore 1890 Extension Program. This book is intended to assist urban farmers, growers, and their advisers in managing risk and planning for the increased success and stability of their urban agriculture ventures.

The information in this guidebook is for educational use. The guidebook includes introductory information about some of the regulations relevant to urban agriculture. Reasonable effort was made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this guide. However, content and interpretation of laws and regulations are subject to change. The effect of future legislation and interpretation cannot be predicted. This guide is not intended as legal advice. Each person should consult the responsible local, state, and federal agencies and an attorney before using this information to engage in business activity.

Material for this guide was researched and written by Neith Little, Kim Rush Lynch, Dale Johnson, Nicole Cook, and Ginger Myers, Extension field faculty at University of Maryland Extension (UME). Graphic design and layout were done by Susan Barnes, UME Western Maryland Research and Education Center. The logo for the UMD Extension Urban Ag program was designed by Trish Moore, UME Baltimore County Office.

Mention, visual representation or referred reference of product, service, manufacturer, or organization in this publication does not imply endorsement by the authors or any project partners. Exclusion does not imply a negative evaluation.

Neith Little
Editor Extension Agent, Urban Agriculture
University of Maryland Extension - Baltimore City Office
6615 Reisterstown Road Suite 201
Baltimore, MD 21215
410-856-1850 x123


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