Urban Agriculture Support Services
BRS has developed a special scope of services designed to support the use of urban agriculture as a means to promote economic development and to address issues of community food security. BRS has extensive experience with urban agricultural projects, including the City of Newark, New Jersey’s urban agricultural initiative and Greensgrow Farm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Specialized services offered to promote and manage urban agriculture programs or other food systems development projects include:
- Identification of and coordination with governmental agencies, non-profit, public sector organizations, and other important stakeholders of the local food system. This would ensure broad-based support and coordination for all urban agriculture and food systems development projects;
- Research of city and state regulatory frameworks to identify regulatory and zoning issues that may impact urban agricultural development and provide recommendations regarding amendments to existing statutes to promote new projects;
- Research funding opportunities and developing grant applications for urban agricultural ventures. Topics have included site environmental remediation, planning and financing, administration and operational activities, construction, and capital improvement;
- Development of a business plan suited to the particular requirements of each venture;
- Creation of site-specific work plans to address potential or existing environmental impact at the specific proposed urban agricultural facility. The work plan would outline the tasks to be conducted as well as identify potential professional and technical consulting services necessary to implement the tasks. A site-specific scope of work would also be developed that considered applicable funding requirements, planned reuse issues, and environmental regulatory requirements.
- Development of a site-specific layout for the proposed farm, which would include technical specifications and scaled drawings for growing systems and food distribution areas. This planning would take into consideration environmental and structural issues particular to the proposed facility.