Urban Agriculture

What We Do

The Urban Agriculture program works to expand the belief supporting urban agriculture in Indiana’s cities and towns will lead to healthier, more resilient people and places! So check out what we can do for you! 

WHO We are

Urban Agriculture is just as it sounds—the practice of raising food in urban or suburban areas, alongside the hustle and bustle of city life. Urban agriculture can be many things-- a schoolyard chicken coop and vegetable garden teaching students healthy habits, a vacant lot growing food for neighborhood families, a church garden feeding the hungry, or an entrepreneur's acre supplying restaurants and farmers markets. Cities and towns that support urban agriculture may enjoy increased food security, youth development, small business development, reduced blight in neighborhoods, and increased quality of life overall.

Contact Us

Nathan Shoaf

Diversified Farming and Food Systems Program Leader & Urban Agriculture Specialist 


625 W State Street,
West Lafayette, IN 47907
(765) 496-3225

Featured Story

Featured Story

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Environmental Historian Uses Urban Ag Certificate for Innovative Research on Beekeeping

Beekeeping is one of the most visible forms of urban agriculture. In New York City alone, there are an estimated several hundred beehives even though the city legalized beekeeping just seven years ago. As public awareness of environmental...

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A list of resources to help you get into urban farming including resources such as a urban agriculture toolkit.

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Urban agriculture events

Urban agriculture provides so many benefits to our Indiana cities and towns. But it is hard work, and urban farmers and gardeners face challenges unique to urban areas such as soil contamination, along with limited access to land, capital, and...

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Upcoming ANR Extension Events