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Urban Agriculture Specialty Food Crops

I'm hot on the trail of specialty food crops that can be grown effectively in urban agriculture, whether it's a greenhouse, organic garden, small orchard, or edible landscaping.

Here's my initial list of current options in urban agriculture. I'm sure there are others, please send me a note if you know of them (Carolyn (at)

Agricultural Plants

  • Vegetables
  • Fruit, Citrus
  • Nuts
  • Salad greens
  • Berries
  • Mushrooms
  • Herbs
  • Tea
  • Edible or Stock Seeds
  • Landscaping Stock
  • Indoor House Plants
  • Potatoes
  • Rice specialties
  • Sugar
  • Tomatoes
  • Bananas
  • Beans
  • Peppers
  • Maize, corn
  • Jojoba
  • Animal Foods (ie Catnip)

Urban Agricultural Animals

  • Poultry / Eggs
  • Aquaculture: Fish, Shellfish, Shrimp etc.
  • Aquaponics: Aquaculture + Plants
    • 1 - Carp
    • 2 - Salmon
    • 3 - Tilapia
    • Shellfish & Mussels: Shrimp, Oysters, Abalone
    • Trout
    • Catfish
    • Ornamental species
    • Eel
    • Barramundi ?
    • Cod
    • Grouper
  • Blossoms & Seeds: Aromatherapy, Perfumes
  • Organic Plants and Animals
  • Beneficial Insects
  • Honey bees

Other kinds of agriculture that might be part of the Urban Landscape

  • Forestry agriculture
  • Vegetarian selections
  • Air Filtration plants
  • Emergency foods
  • Dry farming
  • Seasonal local foods
  • Wild harvesting and River agriculture
  • Livestock (Cattle are a bit big for most urban settings, but miniature pigs, goats, horses etc)
  • Compost and soil amendments
  • Energy Agriculture
  • Alternative housing materials and techniques (ie, Cob)
  • Irrigation and Soil Preparation
  • Natural Pesticides
  • Tank, Pond, River, Lake, or Ocean Aquaculture
  • Agricultural Equipment and supplies
  • Agricultural Services (ie insurance, training, marketing, etc)
  • Pest removal: rental of geese, goats, beneficial insects
  • Small wastewater and runoff water systems
  • Conservation agriculture
  • Nature art and crafts
One kind of urban agriculture that I'm very interested in is "restoration" agriculture. Whether endangered species are animal or plant, the act of raising replacement stock is a high value "thank you" to the earth for the bounty we take. There are many caveats because "farm-grown" stock can easily concentrate diseases and bacteria that can be taken back to wild stocks... so it is important that scientific protocols and careful procedures are part of this desire to replenish wild stock of endangered species. But it is something to work toward...and support.

Agricultural Experiences

  • Backyard weddings
  • Agricultural tourism
  • You Pick gardens
  • Local Food Deliveries
  • CSA - Community Supported Agriculture memberships