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What about being intentional with the employment side of the urban farming and use it as a mechanism to employ and train the 'unemployable' in the city so they can gain skills and eventually graduate through the program and be employed in other areas? Essentially, you could qualify for an economic development grant, and use the process of training workers to grow, care for, market, and untimely manage the farm as a learning cycle which would then build their hirable skills. Selling the produce to local restaurants under a strong brand (possibly something like Harvesting Hope), with possible competitions for local chefs to showcase the produce grown and compete for the 'best harvesting hope dish'. Essentially the farm would be a mechanism for training and employing people who wouldn't have opportunities otherwise. It could also be financed through advanced food delivery orders (subscribers for produce of certain months).

I think that not only adding workspace, but tools to prototype and build out capacities that will enable entrepreneurs to have the ability to prove concepts with little or no money invested. Tools such as 3-D printers can make libraries the center for innovation and rapid prototyping.
Maker mag. puts it best: http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2011/05/public-libraries-3d-printing-fablabs-and-hackerspaces.html

Could you leverage the international demand for carbon offsets as a way to fund this initiative? My only fear is that relying on a government or organizational subsidy is not a financially sustainable modle to scale this.