Soil Contamination Issues
This publication by the EPA, Reusing Potentially Contaminated Soils for Urban Gardens, has great tips on things to consider when choosing a site to grow on.
Siting a Garden
This publication discusses some important considerations for a potential garden site like orientation of beds and sun/shade considerations
This Philadelphia Water Department site allows you to plug in a Philadelphia address (top right corner) and retrieve initial parcel ownership information while doing a search by neighborhood. Always check ownership information before signing a lease agreement.
This Philadelphia Office of Property Assessment site allows you to look up property ownership using different data sets.
Brownfields and Urban Agriculture
This EPA guide has some great ideas for dealing with potentially contaminated soils under consideration for food production.
Philadelphia Zoning Code Overlay Map
This site allows you to look up a parcel and see what the zoning district is.
Philadelphia Zoning Code
This site brings you to the zoning code itself. Section 9-213 applies to farmers' markets. Section 14-609(4) applies to accessory agricultural structures like hoophouses and greenhouses. Section 6-301 applies to food establishments, and includes food safety certification standards. Section 14-401 defines accepted uses in residential districts, including what urban agriculture uses are accepted (see bottom of use charts for urban agriculture). Section 14-402 defines accepted uses in commercial districts, including what urban agriculture uses are accepted.Section 14-403 defines accepted uses in industrial districts, including what urban agriculture uses are accepted.
PHS Land Bulletin Board
Privately held land posted by PHS members