Urban Agriculture Community Needs Assessment Survey

The Kalamazoo Conservation District received a grant from the National Association of Conservation Districts to conduct a community needs assessment on urban agriculture in Kalamazoo County.  Survey data was collected between January and May 2023. 


We reached out to members of the community to better understand the type of programming that will best suit the needs of urban farmers. The feedback will be used to provide outreach to those who will benefit from conservation programs, technical assistance, and farm bill programs. The feedback will also be used to plan, design, and implement future conservation related workshops, informational sessions, and practice demonstrations that will best meet the needs of our urban community.

Survey results of Urban Agriculture Community Needs Assessment
Website Version of Final Survey Results.[...]
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The downloadable file presents the results of the Urban Agriculture Community Needs Assessment Survey. This survey was completed as part of a grant received from the National Association of Conservation Districts.

Summary of Urban Agriculture Community Needs Assessment Survey
Summary - Urban Agriculture Community Ne[...]
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Local Urban Agriculture Resource Organizations

To learn more about NRCS and Farm Bill Program, contact Di'Shun Melbert, District Conservationist, at the Portage office at 269-775-3360 or  email: dishun.melbert@usda.gov

ValleyHUB is a farm, food hub, and education center based at the Food Innovation Center at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. 

An indoor micro grocery and fresh produce grow facility. Our goal is to source local fresh foodand create a place to gather and learn about Urban Gardening and bringing food closer to family tables. Our current food echo system is being threatened on several levels. Expanding our ability to create small urban farms and community gardens to increase our farm to table capacity is dire.

Mission: Connecting beginning and historically underserved farmers to each other and resource opportunities; ensuring social justice, environmental stewardship, and profitability. 

Urban Agriculture Helpful Links

Kalamazoo Conservation District Website links:


Michigan State University Extension links:


Links to some local resources:


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Phone: 269.775.3368

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