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).


Press Inquiries

Please email Neil@theselc.org.


 

322 SIGNATURES
500 signatures

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  • Ross Heckmann
    signed 2014-08-31 10:04:43 -0700
  • Varvara Seliutina
    signed 2014-08-28 15:56:49 -0700
  • Cathie Gottlieb
    signed 2014-08-28 10:38:47 -0700
  • Jose Rodriguez
    signed 2014-08-13 22:11:36 -0700
    Lets bring this to San Jose!
  • Jennifer Fox
    signed 2014-07-16 09:48:12 -0700
  • Peter Kallman
    signed 2014-07-15 23:41:30 -0700
    I would love to see all of LA covered in cheaply grown abundant organic healthy food. It could transform our concrete jungle to urban farms.
  • Stephanie Bower
    signed 2014-07-13 08:35:57 -0700
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-07-12 19:04:12 -0700
    Sign the #CA Neighborhood Food Act petition! The NFA would remove legal barriers to #urban #agriculture.
  • Tammy Davis
    signed 2014-07-12 19:03:07 -0700
  • Frances Kao
    signed 2014-06-28 19:05:29 -0700
  • adria arko
    signed 2014-06-26 12:51:42 -0700
  • Michelle Glowa
    signed 2014-06-25 12:14:42 -0700
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  • fernanda vega
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  • Harley Sears
    signed via 2014-06-13 08:40:26 -0700
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-06-10 16:58:44 -0700
    Sign the #CA Neighborhood Food Act petition! The NFA would remove legal barriers to #urban #agriculture.
  • Patricia Nichols
    signed 2014-06-10 16:57:43 -0700
  • @RossHeckmann tweeted link to this page. 2014-06-07 11:09:08 -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=1566
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-06-07 11:09:07 -0700
    Sign the #CA Neighborhood Food Act petition! The NFA would remove legal barriers to #urban #agriculture.
  • Mado Most
    signed 2014-05-24 17:14:17 -0700
  • Teka Summers
    signed 2014-05-19 23:39:53 -0700
    Great idea, I’m ready.
  • Nicoline Leseigneur
    signed 2014-05-19 09:49:56 -0700
  • Kathy Pirman
    signed 2014-05-19 09:07:28 -0700
  • Lisa Jervis
    signed via 2014-05-16 17:10:57 -0700
  • Jacqui McGrath
    signed 2014-05-16 14:42:49 -0700
  • Chong Kee Tan
    signed 2014-05-16 14:17:42 -0700
  • maria krahn
    signed 2014-05-15 21:46:54 -0700
  • Catherine George
    signed 2014-05-15 18:23:21 -0700
  • Matt Grantham
    signed 2014-05-15 17:33:16 -0700
    Clearly our ability to grow our own food locally has become a mainstream movement. Please support this fundamental option for communities to rally around in response to various forms of global crisis
  • Kimbery Sloss
    signed 2014-05-15 16:15:05 -0700

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