Want to start a farm?
PERMITTING AND REGULATIONS
You need to get permits before you can start a farm in the City. We’ve been working with the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic to create guides for new farmers. Check out this guide to starting a ground-level farm on less than one acre of land.
We can help you get permitted for other types of farms, too. Call us at 617-635-3717 if you're starting one of the following farms:
- hydroponics: growing plants in nutrient-enriched water
- aquaponics: growing plants and fish or shellfish in nutrient-enriched water
- rooftop farming: using a rooftop to grow food as part of a profit or nonprofit company
- freight farming: using a steel storage box that's repurposed for hydroponics or aquaponics, or
- any other innovative farming venture.
We worked hard to make it possible for farmers to grow and sell food throughout the City. We helped create and pass Article 89 in 2013 to allow for commercial urban farming.
To learn more about this City-wide rezoning, visit the Boston Planning and Development Agency website. We have a user guide that makes it easier to understand the law. You can also learn about soil safety and urban farming, and apply for a soil safety certification.
There are plenty of ways to get help starting a farm in the City. We created a list of resources for funding, land acquisition, education, and more: