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.


 

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  • Sustainable Economies Law Center posted about Neighborhood Food Act on Sustainable Economies Law Center's Facebook page 2014-04-29 08:40:44 -0700
    Sign the #CA Neighborhood Food Act petition! The NFA would remove legal barriers to #urban #agriculture.
  • Karen Ruggero
    signed 2014-04-28 23:26:32 -0700
  • Sascha Bos
    signed 2014-04-28 23:04:07 -0700
  • Iken Lord
    signed 2014-04-28 21:14:29 -0700
  • chris mckay
    signed 2014-04-28 20:01:38 -0700
  • Gail Wadsworth
    signed 2014-04-28 19:03:36 -0700
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-04-28 18:15:26 -0700
    Sign the #CA Neighborhood Food Act petition! The NFA would remove legal barriers to #urban #agriculture.
  • Nan Recker
    signed 2014-04-28 18:14:24 -0700
  • Jayda Abell
    signed via 2014-04-28 17:38:37 -0700
  • Kristina Berrios
    signed via 2014-04-28 16:33:14 -0700
  • Lillian Chen
    signed 2014-04-28 15:32:06 -0700
  • Aaron Zober
    signed via 2014-04-28 15:21:22 -0700
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-04-28 15:19:42 -0700
    Sign the #CA Neighborhood Food Act petition! The NFA would remove legal barriers to #urban #agriculture.
  • Hannah Crum
    signed 2014-04-28 15:19:15 -0700
    This is exactly what we need to empower those who have the time and energy to create a sustainable income that not only feeds themselves but others too. Our access to untainted food supplies is in danger; this bill is a good first step to ensuring health and access to all members of society.
  • Tomi Kobara
    signed 2014-04-28 14:58:03 -0700
    This is an important basic human right which will allow residence to provide for themselves.
  • Daniel Mitchell
    signed 2014-04-28 14:46:01 -0700
  • Candice Rankin
    signed 2014-04-28 14:25:23 -0700
  • Bonnie Linden
    signed 2014-04-28 13:43:50 -0700
  • Vicki Macchiavello
    signed 2014-04-28 13:33:59 -0700
  • @squiggyrubio tweeted link to this page. 2014-04-28 13:21:08 -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=7076
  • Naomi Roht-Arriaza
    signed 2014-04-28 13:18:46 -0700
  • Anna Pichnarcik
    signed via 2014-04-27 21:46:48 -0700
  • Inani Eggleston
    signed 2014-04-27 07:11:40 -0700
  • Lisa Cresswell
    signed via 2014-04-25 18:25:44 -0700
  • Isabelle Barnard
    signed via 2014-04-25 16:33:23 -0700
  • @TheSELC tweeted this page. 2014-04-25 11:13:07 -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=388
  • Shelee Loughmiller
    signed via 2014-04-25 10:21:47 -0700
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-04-24 21:52:39 -0700
    Sign the #CA Neighborhood Food Act petition! The NFA would remove legal barriers to #urban #agriculture.
  • Rachel Hoff
    signed 2014-04-24 21:52:19 -0700
  • Madeline Streicek
    signed via 2014-04-24 13:38:39 -0700

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