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USA: More Urban Farms Allowed in California

USA: More Urban Farms Allowed in California

In Sacramento, California, buying locally sourced fruits and vegetables may soon be as simple as walking over to a neighbor’s garden thanks to a new urban farm ordinance passed by Sacramento City Council. In a 6-1 vote, the city effectively opened the door to allow city residents to grow and sell food directly from their properties. There will also be tax incentives offered to landowners who allow their properties, including vacant lots in residential, commercial, industrial and manufacturing zones throughout the city, to be turned into mini farms. The goal is to reduce urban blight and bring fruit and vegetables to populations whose access to fresh produce is limited. Urban farm stands in residential neighborhoods will be restricted to operating Tuesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and vacant lots will be allowed to operate without time or day restrictions. (Source: sacbee.com)