Resilient Community Project: Edible Landscape

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Edible Landscape Resources through the Libraries

Books in the UMN Library collection.  Use  Library Search to find additional titles of interest.

Policy & Legal Sources. 

Use these to find policy reports, data visualizations, current laws and municipal codes related to edible landscapes and society.

PolicyMap - is a web-based online data and mapping application that provides access to over 15,000 indicators related to demographics, housing, crime, mortgages, health, jobs and more. Data is available at all common geographies (address, block group, census tract, zip code, county, city, state, MSA) as well as unique geographies like school districts and political boundaries. Data comes from both public and proprietary sources.

Here is an example of child food insecurity data for Scott County, MN. The map may be modified with a wide variety of variables.



The following example looks at free & reduced lunch rates in Scott County.


National Conference of State Legislatures - bipartisan organization providing states support, ideas, connections and a strong voice on Capitol Hill.

  • Report and State-by-State legislative activity to address Increasing Access to Farmer's Markets
  • "Coinciding with a rise in farmers market, cities and states are seeking to utilize urban areas by transforming small parcels of land or vacant lots into areas of agricultural production."   Read about Urban Agriculture State Legislation, published in August 2019.


Proquest Congressional provides access to congressional information, from hearings and bills to laws and reports.  While terms like "food forest" and "edible landscapes" have limited results, searching phrases like "urban agriculture" and "support for local food systems" provide better results:

Turning now to local municipal codes.  These can be easily searched from city websites.   Searching multiple cities at once is more problematic, but a source that does make searching easier is the MuniCode website.  For example, here you can find the Minnesota cities.


News Articles


The Libraries have sources of national and local news sources.  

  • Access World News - limit this source to Minnesota - or extend to other geographies of interest to look for edible landscape cases across the country.
  • American City Business Journals - search this collection to locate news related to business in your geography.
  • - find articles about urban landscapes.


Advocacy Organizations

Using the Leadership Connect, GuideStar or Foundation Directory Online resources to location organizations advocating in some way for edible landscapes.  Then search the organization's website for more details about resources of potential interest. A few sample organizations:




Last Updated: Sep 4, 2019 2:29 PM