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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Please email Neil@theselc.org.


 

322 SIGNATURES
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  • Lisa Lucas Talbot
    signed 2014-04-29 20:45:19 -0700
  • Heather Harder
    signed 2014-04-29 20:16:08 -0700
  • @LongBeachFresh tweeted link to this page. 2014-04-29 18:49:52 -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=6741
  • Tony Damico
    signed 2014-04-29 18:48:55 -0700
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-04-29 18:11:41 -0700
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    Sign the #CA Neighborhood Food Act petition! The NFA would remove legal barriers to #urban #agriculture.
  • Barbara Sommars
    signed 2014-04-29 17:58:39 -0700
  • Monika Breece
    signed 2014-04-29 17:58:32 -0700
  • Brent Walmsley
    signed 2014-04-29 16:47:06 -0700
  • Judith Gerber
    signed 2014-04-29 15:21:44 -0700
  • Alyssa Lee
    signed 2014-04-29 14:52:42 -0700
  • Ellen Bastrmadjian
    signed 2014-04-29 14:18:31 -0700
  • Mark Lindsey
    signed 2014-04-29 14:05:32 -0700
  • Marcela Marquez
    signed 2014-04-29 13:15:50 -0700
  • Alicia de Soto
    signed 2014-04-29 12:46:37 -0700
    People should be allowed to raise their own food. It’s the safest, most sustainable way to eat.
  • Susan Haymer
    signed 2014-04-29 12:35:00 -0700
  • Desiree Gutierrez
    signed 2014-04-29 12:30:57 -0700
    I am a renter, and I want to be able to grow food for my family.
  • Andrew Abeles
    signed via 2014-04-29 12:10:03 -0700
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-04-29 11:27:29 -0700
    Sign the #CA Neighborhood Food Act petition! The NFA would remove legal barriers to #urban #agriculture.
  • Alexa Vaughn
    signed 2014-04-29 11:27:05 -0700
  • Signe Mattson
    signed 2014-04-29 11:26:32 -0700
  • Lourdes Gonzaga
    signed 2014-04-29 11:23:47 -0700
  • Doris Fillion
    signed 2014-04-29 11:01:43 -0700
  • sally sommer
    signed 2014-04-29 10:47:11 -0700
    The right to nutritious, fresh food includes the right to grow food where you live.
  • tina castaneda
    signed 2014-04-29 10:44:08 -0700
    Cities must increase their food production to a goal such as 50% to reduce the need for shipping food from hundreds of miles away.
  • Vanessa Raditz
    signed 2014-04-29 10:27:57 -0700
  • @TheSELC tweeted this page. 2014-04-29 10:10:00 -0700
    Remove legal barriers to #urban #agriculture! Sign the #CA Neighborhood Food Act and RT to your Assemblymember! http://www.theselc.org/neighborhood-food-act?recruiter_id=388
  • Sustainable Economies Law Center posted about Neighborhood Food Act on Sustainable Economies Law Center's Facebook page 2014-04-29 10:09:59 -0700
    Remove legal barriers to #urban #agriculture! Sign the #CA Neighborhood Food Act and RT to your Assemblymember!
  • Rebecca Stevens
    signed 2014-04-29 09:56:15 -0700
  • @TheSELC tweeted this page. 2014-04-29 08:40:45 -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=194

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