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Sacramento County OKs birds, bees and farm stands with urban ag ordinance

Chanowk Yisrael checks on his chickens at Yisrael Family Farms, which sits just over the city line in Sacramento County.

The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an urban agriculture ordinance Tuesday, with hopes that the new regulations will alleviate food insecurity and make life easier for local farmers in Sacramento County.

By Robin Opsahl
Sacramento Bee
Jan 24, 2017

Excerpt:

The new county rules, which amend the zoning code and take effect 30 days after approval, are modeled on regulations that Sacramento City Council members passed in 2015.

The county ordinance allows for market gardens on vacant lots and for people to set up farm stands to sell home-grown produce. It also legalizes keeping bees, chickens and ducks on small lots. Larger animals, such as cows, can be kept temporarily on lots under 20,000 square feet for educational programs, such as 4H.

The county will issue permits for urban farming activities. The permit fees will be waived for the first year, which will serve as a testing period for the new regulations.

The urban agriculture ordinance gives backyard farmers a chance to address food insecurity issues in their communities, said Katie Valenzuela Garcia, a coordinator with the Sacramento Urban Agriculture Coalition.

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