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New California law aims to cultivate urban agriculture

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Caitlyn Galloway, who runs a small-scale commercial farm in a residential San Francisco neighborhood, is, like many of California’s urban agriculture practitioners, plagued by a key uncertainty. Photo by Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times.

A new law promoting community gardens and small farms lets municipalities lower property taxes on plots of 3 acres or less if owners dedicate them to growing food for at least 5 years.

By Lee Romney
LA Times
October 2, 2013

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SAN FRANCISCO — Sandwiched between rows of homes in the fog-kissed Mission Terrace neighborhood, Little City Gardens provides salad greens and fresh-cut flowers to local restaurants from what was once a weedy vacant lot.

Like many of California’s urban agriculture practitioners, however, Caitlyn Galloway is plagued by a key uncertainty: She is on a month-to-month lease with a landlord who must recoup the lot’s steep property taxes and may soon sell or develop.

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Urban Agriculture Bill Based on Stanford Law School Student’s Research Signed into California Law

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“It is absolutely amazing to think that an independent study project led to a state law.”

Stanford Law School
Sept 30, 2013

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“What’s so exciting about Urban Agriculture as small business is that it has all of the dimensions of the best urban greening projects—environmental, aesthetic, educational, and cultural, while at the same time generating jobs and revenue to sustain itself. Just look at Little City Gardens in San Francisco—it’s a jewel,” said Cancino.

That this law began life in a law school classroom is no surprise to Reed. “Although there is no ‘urban ag’ law class at Stanford, as the implications involved the interplay of state and local government law, the research was a natural extension of Professor Ford’s course,” said Reed.

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Las Vegas Voted Number 2 for Community Gardening


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Best Cities for Urban Gardening

By Divya Raghavan
Nerd Wallet
Aug. 25, 2013

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Best Cities for Urban Gardening

1. Washington, D.C.

Washington D.C. is an urban gardener’s dream, offering 27 community garden plots for every 10,000 residents. This past June, the Neighborhood Farm Initiative, an organization devoted to increasing awareness of urban gardening and farming, was awarded a grant from the DC Humanities Council to take down an oral history of urban gardening in the city. The George Washington University has a GroW community garden that gives university students, faculty and staff the chance to learn about sustainability and food cultivation in urban areas. Produce grown in the garden is donated to Miriam’s Kitchen, a local soup kitchen.

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