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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322 SIGNATURES
500 signatures

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  • Genevieve Walker
    signed 2014-04-24 09:37:37 -0700
  • Aviva Paley
    signed via 2014-04-24 08:17:08 -0700
  • Amanda Hoffman
    signed via 2014-04-24 07:07:32 -0700
  • Francesca Longtin-Cabraser
    signed via 2014-04-23 20:41:16 -0700
  • Natalie Roden
    signed via 2014-04-23 17:46:21 -0700
    please help to / pass this bill. there are many local farming organizations that are helping so many people who would not have gotten fresh produce otherwise. Thank you!!! :)
  • Bunker Seyfert
    signed via 2014-04-23 17:17:49 -0700
  • Emma Hassall
    signed via 2014-04-23 16:48:51 -0700
  • Joseph Thomas
    signed 2014-04-23 11:05:39 -0700
  • Stephen Tolpinrud
    signed 2014-04-23 07:47:01 -0700
  • Bud Vieira
    signed 2014-04-23 07:27:31 -0700
  • Zea Luce
    signed 2014-04-22 21:18:42 -0700
  • J Morton
    signed 2014-04-20 12:25:34 -0700
  • Holly Stein
    signed 2014-04-18 18:48:28 -0700
  • Hedda Brorstrom
    signed 2014-04-18 08:07:42 -0700
  • Heidi Mitchell Walker
    signed 2014-04-17 19:54:08 -0700
  • Elaine Walker
    signed 2014-04-17 14:41:08 -0700
  • Cora Lea Rose
    signed 2014-04-17 14:31:38 -0700
    Thank you for your work!
  • Neil Thapar
    signed 2014-04-15 14:58:13 -0700
  • Paul McGovern
    signed 2014-04-13 07:44:44 -0700
  • Seema Rupani
    signed 2014-04-12 09:56:57 -0700
  • Cp Wren
    signed 2014-04-09 15:15:25 -0700
    Laws preventing cultivation of healthfully raised, fresh food are acts of tyranny. Yes, let’s see this injustice set right.
  • Mary Pat Eberle
    signed via 2014-04-07 09:02:25 -0700
  • Rebecca Alon
    signed 2014-04-05 08:49:14 -0700
  • Elizabeth Burnett
    signed 2014-04-04 22:40:22 -0700
  • Audra Barrios
    signed 2014-04-03 21:03:40 -0700
  • Lauren Hage
    signed 2014-04-03 19:31:32 -0700
  • julia dashe
    signed 2014-04-03 18:47:22 -0700
  • Aleta Kazadi
    signed 2014-04-03 15:59:45 -0700
    This is only logical and reasonable. I hope it passes as it will make things better for many people.
  • Laurie Jones
    signed 2014-04-02 22:59:59 -0700
  • carla rosin
    signed 2014-04-02 21:29:41 -0700

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