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Dig, Eat, & Be Healthy

Growing food on public property

Model Legal Document
Food & Beverages

Growing food on public property – from vacant fields, to schoolyards, parks, utility rights-of-way,  and even the rooftops of public buildings – can yield a diverse crop of community benefits.

Fresh, healthy food is just the beginning: growing food on public property can also promote civic participation, public safety, food literacy, job skills, and urban greening – in short, healthier, more vibrant places.

ChangeLab Solutions developed this guide to provide users with the tools they need to access public land for growing food, including:

  • opportunities to work with public agencies to identify and inventory suitable growing sites and develop a process for partners to access these sites
  • common types of agreements that govern the relationship between food-growing groups and public entities, such as leases, licenses, and interagency agreements
  • common provisions in agreements, such as liability, utilities, maintenance, growing practices, contamination, access and security, and improvements
  • special issues related to growing food on school district property
  • sample agreements from real-world urban agriculture projects on public land