San Francisco passes urban agriculture zoning changes

April 13, 2011 | By | Comments (6)

GREAT news! Remember the push to make urban agriculture a more achievable reality in San Francisco?

I’m pleased to announce that the Board of Supervisors voted yesterday to pass the new urban agricultural zoning ordinanance that encourages edible gardening and urban farming within the city. Especially big props to Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor David Chiu for their support.

The best part? Gardeners can now sell their produce on site, allowing them to actually earn a living from all that hard work.

That absolutely includes our friends Brooke Budner and Caitlyn Galloway of Little City Gardens who unexpectedly found themselves at the forefront of this fight. CONGRATS, ladies!! Way to fight the good fight. (Read more about them here: #35 in our Sunset 100.)


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San Francisco joins Seattle and Detroit in being among the first cities to change their codes to be more conducive to urban agriculture. I expect many more to follow suit.

Learn more at the SFUAA website.


  1. The Public Blog» Blog Archive » Getting Local

    […] craftsmen, farmers, chefs, and cafes. Urban farming is taking off. San Francisco recently (finally) changed the zoning laws that allow us to grow and sell local produce, a practice that has been gaining momentum across the […]

    June 27, 2012 at 8:41 am
  2. Pandora Bracelet

    It has been said many times before, but the gap between rhetoric and what people experience is mind-boggling and ultimately leaves you feeling speechless. These all are great toknow about it.

    May 21, 2011 at 8:21 am
  3. Margo True

    Wouldn’t that be something! A girl can dream.

    April 15, 2011 at 3:16 am
  4. Johanna

    Actually Margo — Little City Gardens is collecting emails for their CSA — But you live down here!! We can do better. Maybe it’s time to get serious about removing some of the Sunset lawn and creating our own employee CSA?!

    April 14, 2011 at 6:20 pm
  5. Margo True

    This is just terrific. When can we start buying?

    April 14, 2011 at 4:35 am
  6. Kazia Jankowski

    Awesome news, Johanna. This certainly revolutionizes the idea of the farmer’s market!

    April 13, 2011 at 8:39 pm

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