Neighborhood Food Act

The Sustainable Economies Law Center partnered with the Social Justice Learning Institute, Slow Food California and Ubuntu Green to pass AB 2561, the California Neighborhood Food Act in 2014. This law is supported by many other organizations and enterprises as well.

Click here for a more detailed FAQ about your new rights under this law.

If you sign the petition below, we can keep you updated on SELC's current urban agriculture advocacy that builds on our success with the Neighborhood Food Act and furthers our right to grow and sell food in our communities.

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The California Neighborhood Food Act, signed into law in 2014, removes barriers to growing food for personal consumption. The law provides rights to grow food in certain circumstances. 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. We'll keep you updated on our other work to promote urban agriculture. Below are descriptions of the key provisions of the law:

Tenants' rights: 

The law requires 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.

Homeowners' Association member rights: 

The law makes 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 for a more detailed FAQ about your new rights under this law.

 

Click here to download model Neighborhood Food Act legislation (note: this is NOT what was actually signed into law in California).


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  • signed 2014-05-02 14:11:32 -0700
  • @plantingjustice tweeted link to this page. 2014-05-02 13:45:21 -0700
    Sign the #CA Neighborhood Food Act petition! The NFA would remove legal barriers to #urban #agriculture. http://www.theselc.org/neighborhood-food-act?recruiter_id=2800
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-05-02 13:45:21 -0700
    Sign the #CA Neighborhood Food Act petition! The NFA would remove legal barriers to #urban #agriculture.
  • signed 2014-05-02 13:44:47 -0700
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  • signed 2014-05-02 09:52:08 -0700
    I only wish that this law also covered apartment buildings. I live in an apartment with 22 apartments. I have lived here for over 25 years and have gardened for 24 of those years in the large common area and in pots under my window. It was beautiful, and I created a community that the other renters loved, with fruits, veggies and pollinating attracting plants.. Recently the owner died and his daughter has taken ownership, and required me to permanently remove all my plants so they can paint and plant succulents…so it looks “uniform”. I am heartbroken, as are most of the tenets. Is there a way to add apartments to this bill…… apartments that have room in their common areas? There is so much potential…and it is so unfair and hurtful that those of us who can’t afford a home, or even to rent a home or duplex are left out of growing our own food where we live when there is plenty of space to do so.
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  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-05-01 12:30:38 -0700
    Sign the #CA Neighborhood Food Act petition! The NFA would remove legal barriers to #urban #agriculture.
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  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-05-01 07:17:50 -0700
    Sign the #CA Neighborhood Food Act petition! The NFA would remove legal barriers to #urban #agriculture.
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  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-04-30 20:09:57 -0700
    Sign the #CA Neighborhood Food Act petition! The NFA would remove legal barriers to #urban #agriculture.
  • signed 2014-04-30 20:09:33 -0700
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  • signed 2014-04-30 18:08:47 -0700
    We need to be responsible for the food we are growing. We have the right to enjoy healthy, nutritious food that we grew ourselves.
  • signed 2014-04-30 17:13:38 -0700
  • signed 2014-04-30 14:19:45 -0700
  • signed 2014-04-30 12:35:06 -0700
    We need these gardens to promote health and awareness. Thanks for making it so.
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