Neighborhood Food Act

The Sustainable Economies Law Center is partnering with the Social Justice Learning Institute, Slow Food California and Ubuntu Green to pass AB 2561, the California Neighborhood Food Act, through the State Legislature. Our bill is supported by many other organizations and enterprises as well.

If you sign the petition below, we can keep you updated on the status of this bill and share action alerts when we need your help!


Support tenants' and HOA members' rights to grow their own food!

The California Neighborhood Food Act removes barriers to growing food for personal consumption. The bill ensures that people have the right to grow food for themselves regardless of their housing status. As a signatory to this petition, you can show your support for urban agriculture as a strategy to increase access to fresh food, promote food security for vulnerable Californians, and reduce environmental impacts of water-intensive lawns. Below are descriptions of the key provisions of the bill:

Tenants' rights: 

The bill would require that tenants of single family homes and duplexes have the right to grow produce in their backyard in portable containers as long as it does not create trip-and-fall risks or other hazards. It allows the landlord to place restrictions on the location and number of containers. A note on the latest amendments to this section.

Homeowners' Association member rights: 

The bill would make it illegal for a homeowners’ association contract to prohibit or unreasonably restrict the use of backyards of private (not shared) property for growing produce.

Click here to read the actual language of the bill, view the latest information on votes, and track the bill's progress through the legislature.

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