The City of Pine Bluff Department of Community Development will host its annual Urban Farming Summit from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Feb. 25.


The summit is free and will be held in the auditorium of the 1890 SJ Parker Extension Building at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.


Participants will be divided into two groups — beginners and advanced participants, according to a news release.


For beginners, the workshop will give people an opportunity to create and develop urban gardens or become beginner farmers. Participants will learn the basics of how to plan and start an urban garden and how they can profit from garden creation.


The summit includes an overview of the potential varieties of gardens and the contribution producing makes towards creating a local food system, according to the release.


For advanced farmers, the summit is designed to target their needs and concerns. This workshop will explore marketing and branding, supply chain, risk management, business and financial support for urban farmers and gardeners.


In addition, advanced farmers will participate in a round table discussion on current issues and barriers to farming and local food system participation. This discussion will give local farmers an opportunity to share their successes and challenges in an effort to create solutions for current issues surrounding sustainable urban farming.


Participants at the summit will also be presented with the opportunity to lease two city-owned lots that have been approved for an urban garden. Participants will learn about selling their produce at the farmer’s market and other outlets.


The event is free and open to all interested individuals, groups and businesses. To register, email ctaylor@cityofpinebluff.com or call 870-510-0509. Walk-ins are welcome.