Excerpts taken from Sacramento Bee article "Sacramento City Council approves urban farm ordinance" dated MARCH 24, 2015 written by MARISSA LANG...
The new ordinance enables city residents to grow and sell food directly from their properties and offers tax incentives to landowners who allow their properties, including vacant lots in residential, commercial, industrial and manufacturing zones throughout the city, to be turned into minifarms. The farms would be restricted to 3 acres.
The aim, in part, is to reduce urban blight and bring fruit and vegetables to so-called “food insecure” populations, whose access to fresh produce has been limited by a lack of healthy options in low-income neighborhoods.
A 2009 study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that 23.5 million people do not have access to a supermarket within a mile of their home.
Urban farm stands in residential neighborhoods would be restricted to operating Tuesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., except those on vacant lots, which would be allowed to operate without time or day restrictions.
Advocates of urban farming played on Sacramento’s campaign to market itself as the farm-to-fork capital of the country and challenged the city to get farm food to “every fork.”
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We, the undersigned, call on the Modesto CA City Council to approve an URBAN FARM City Ordinance to allow city residents to grow and sell food directly from their properties and at local farmers markets and offer tax incentives to landowners who allow their properties, including vacant lots in residential, commercial, industrial and manufacturing zones throughout the city, to be turned into minifarms. Including aquaculture and hydroponic urban farms.
The The Modesto CA City Council should Approve an Urban Farm Ordinance petition to Modesto California City Council was written by James Willis and is in the category City & Town Planning at GoPetition.