Urban farming webinar is now available online

Posted: August 18, 2014

Urban agriculture — including its economics, successes, and challenges — was the topic of a free web-based seminar hosted by Center Scholar Dr. Doolarie Singh-Knights of West Virginia University on Friday, June 27. Presentation files and a recording of the webinar are now available online. The webinar sparked many additional questions about urban farming that may keep the conversation going among participants.

More than 80 people participated in the June 27 webinar, which was moderated by Singh-Knights and Center Director Stephan Goetz.

Presenters included Carolyn Dimitri, an applied economist at New York University, and Melissa Poulsen, a fifth year PhD student in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Center for a Livable Future-Lerner fellow. (More information about the speakers is available here.)

Several questions were raised during the webinar that may provide an opportunity for additional discussion and collaboration:

  • Has anyone looked into the impact of more established urban farms providing aid to and perhaps increasing viability of smaller, newer urban farms?
  • Have any of you looked into the connection between farm-to-school educational programming and urban farms?
  • Has anyone researched the costs and returns, and profit margins, associated with urban farms?
  • Since most urban farm programs are initiated through grant funding, how do urban farms promote sustainability and profitability after life of grant?

Please email Dr. Singh-Knights ( with any responses you may have to these questions, or if you have additional questions. Dr. Singh-Knights will compile the answers she receives and diseminate to those who attended the webinar.