Around the country, urban farms and gardens are sprouting up in the inner city, turning formerly blighted and abandoned lots into green oases small and large. One such site, the Neighborhood Food Central Production Farm, occupies two-thirds of an acre in West Philadelphia, and the nonprofit Urban Tree Connection converted industrial wasteland into a vegetable garden to create it.

Joel E. Tasca, a litigation partner at Ballard Spahr, represents the Urban Tree Connection and also serves on its board. Because most cities don’t have zoning categories recognizing agricultural activities, they are rushing to create ordinances to regulate these new urban gardens, and the inner-city farms are trying to stay on top of new laws.

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