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Legalize Urban Produce, Says San Francisco Mayor

A new ordinance will allow urban farmers to sell the food they grow.


Great news for those hoping to make a real go of it in urban agriculture: this week San Francisco's Mayor Gavin Newsom, together with the city's Planning Department, announced the introduction of a proposal to change the city's zoning code in order to allow gardening/farming in more parts of the city, as well as permit the sale of produce grown in gardens throughout the city. (You can read about the details here.)

The outgoing Mayor has been a strong advocate of urban farming, committing the City and County of San Francisco to increase its healthy and sustainable food supply in an executive directive last year, in which he stated that, "access to safe, nutritious and culturally acceptable food is a basic human right and is essential to both human health and ecological sustainability."

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Growing an Urban Farm

Little City Gardens is a blossoming urban farming business located in the Mission District of San Francisco. Farmers Brooke Budner and Caitlyn...

Little City Gardens is a blossoming urban farming business located in the Mission District of San Francisco. Farmers Brooke Budner and Caitlyn Galloway produce an artisinal salad mix, braising mix and culinary herbs, which they sell weekly to a restaurant, and neighborhood subscribers.As they work, they are developing and analyzing the potential of urban micro-farms to be financially viable within the local market economy. Little City Gardens aims to serve a diverse population and build a community dialogue about food systems, by involving and educating members in their processes and problem-solving. They're expanding to a larger lot this spring and are trying an innovative fundraising approach: they've posted their project on Kickstarter a relatively new funding platform for artists, writers, musicians, inventors, and the like who are big on good ideas but short on capital. Supporters can help fund Little City's effort for as little as $5.Image courtesy of Little City GardensThis post originally appeared on www.refresheverything.com, as part of GOOD's collaboration with the Pepsi Refresh Project, a catalyst for world-changing ideas. Find out more about the Refresh campaign, or to submit your own idea today.
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