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.


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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  • Ann Marie Davis
    signed via 2014-05-15 10:45:08 -0700
  • Jenny Lund
    signed via 2014-05-15 09:08:21 -0700
  • Alecto Caldwell
    signed via 2014-05-15 09:06:45 -0700
  • Frank Monrow
    signed via 2014-05-15 09:02:30 -0700
  • Suki Leith
    signed 2014-05-15 08:18:32 -0700
  • Harriette Jensen
    signed via 2014-05-15 08:16:47 -0700
    Properly tended, fruits and vegetable plants can be as beautiful (or more so) than any purely decorative landscaping. And, given the high rents in many of our areas, growing at least part of your food, is a way for many people to stay within their budgets and get healthful exercise at the same time.
  • Perri Franskoviak
    signed via 2014-05-15 08:09:32 -0700
  • Rachel Strickler
    signed via 2014-05-15 07:48:33 -0700
  • Jacki Ruby
    signed via 2014-05-15 07:32:18 -0700
  • Melissa McCluskey-Carlson
    signed 2014-05-14 18:27:58 -0700
  • Geri Miller
    signed 2014-05-14 16:06:20 -0700
  • Christine Lampe
    signed 2014-05-11 23:23:12 -0700
    I am a Riverside Co. Master Garden, and teach Edible Landscaping (took a special training on this from the UC Cooperative Extension). In times of drought and food access issues, it’s important to let people grow food on their land rather than wasting water maintaining lawns and ornamental plants.
  • Gerald Katz
    signed 2014-05-11 21:42:07 -0700
  • Madeleine Morley
    signed 2014-05-10 09:33:49 -0700
  • Irene Cowley
    signed 2014-05-09 12:50:15 -0700
  • Raymond Black
    signed 2014-05-09 10:35:33 -0700
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-05-08 15:58:57 -0700
    Sign the #CA Neighborhood Food Act petition! The NFA would remove legal barriers to #urban #agriculture.
  • Sandra Jeffries
    signed 2014-05-08 15:57:36 -0700
  • Chris Dietz
    signed 2014-05-08 08:44:45 -0700
  • Shawna Stevens
    signed 2014-05-07 14:26:41 -0700
  • angela sago
    signed 2014-05-05 21:14:24 -0700
  • michel breard
    signed via 2014-05-05 15:39:45 -0700
  • Sally Johnstone
    signed via 2014-05-04 20:42:41 -0700
  • Andrea Garcia
    signed 2014-05-04 19:05:59 -0700
  • Susette Horspool
    signed via 2014-05-04 15:08:14 -0700
    The Neighborhood Green Council I chair is already supporting local school gardens. We’ve started three in the last few years. We believe that urban gardens will ultimately save California’s food supply in the upcoming years. Please do what you can to promote urban gardening too. Thanks!
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-05-04 15:02:01 -0700
    Sign the #CA Neighborhood Food Act petition! The NFA would remove legal barriers to #urban #agriculture.
  • June Pagan
    signed 2014-05-03 16:54:05 -0700
    we are approaching a dire situation with the drought conditions in California,the cost of produce is going to skyrocket and we need to be able to “grow our own” to offset the inflationary prices. People are going hungry!
  • Robert Selna
    signed 2014-05-03 10:41:20 -0700
  • Eileen Zwiers
    signed 2014-05-03 08:46:31 -0700
  • Flori Schutzer
    signed 2014-05-02 16:10:14 -0700

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