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California Homegrown Food Act – seeking a California legislator to author a bill in 2013

Allow individuals to supplement their incomes through sale of produce grown at home or on other urban or suburban land

By The Sustainable Economies Law Center

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The Sustainable Economies Law Center will soon seek a California legislator to author a bill in 2013 to reduce legal barriers to the cultivation and sale of homegrown and locally-grown produce. We have posted a summary of the bill here in order to seek feedback.

Purposes and Summary

The purposes of the California Homegrown Food Act are to:

1) Increase access to fresh, locally sourced produce for all Californians regardless of location and other socioeconomic limitations;

2) Allow individuals to supplement their incomes through sale of produce grown at home or on other urban or suburban land; and

3) Reduce the carbon footprint of our food system by enabling the increased cultivation of produce in or near places it is consumed.


Personal Agriculture

a. Where Personal Agriculture shall be permitted: Personal Agriculture shall be considered an accessory use in residential zones.

b. Allowable Regulations of Personal Agriculture: Zoning regulations may not prohibit the cultivation of food plants in front or back yards for personal use. However, cities may make reasonable restrictions pertaining to height of plant material and the presence of dead plant material in front yards. Note that cities may not restrict the use of dead plant material that is to be used as ground cover, mulch, or compost. Cities may adopt regulations to restrict plants that could interfere with a public sidewalk.

Community Gardens:

a. Where Community Gardens shall be permitted:

1. In residential zones: Community Gardens shall be a permitted use.

2. In commercial zones: Community Gardens shall be a permitted use.

3. In industrial zones: Community Gardens shall be a permitted use.

b. Allowable Regulation of Community Gardens: Any structures for community gardening may be subject to the development standards of the zone as they apply to accessory structures

Read the complete article here.