SF Urban Ag Alliance, Bay Localize Promote Urban Farms, Community Gardens throughout the City

Alemany FarmersUrban farmers, food entrepreneurs and locavore enthusiasts have something to cheer about in San Francisco! Thanks to the hard work of the SF Urban Ag Alliance and some of Bay Localize’s allies, the Planning Commission unanimously passed a new farm-friendly ordinance on February 17th. As part of former Mayor Gavin Newsom’s comprehensive directive on healthy, sustainable food, the new proposed ordinance would make it legal to grow and sell produce on-site in neighborhoods throughout the city.

SFUAA Planning Commission HearingIn most cities, current regulations permit urban farming in industrial area, while many prime ag sites may be in residential or commercial areas. The SF ordinance opens up urban farming and produce sales in these areas under certain conditions (click here or the image at left to watch the video of the jam-packed hearing at the Planning Commission). Bay Localize and the SF Urban Ag Alliance are championing the measure to make urban farming more economically viable, to increase greenspace around the city, and create stronger connections between residents and healthy food.

Get Active!
This ordinance will soon go before the Board of Supervisors. If you are a San Francisco resident and are interested in stay updated or lending your support at a future event, please e-mail Leah. With the contagious enthusiasm everyone is having for urban ag, Bay Localize is excited to engage with other communities to ensure it catches on around the Bay Area!

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