Written by Nicole Willman, CFJC Food Policy Research Intern
On June 7th, 2011, after more than two years of pressure from community garden coalition One in Ten and other gardening supporters, the San Diego City Council unanimously voted to remove regulations preventing many residents from starting community gardens.
Before the new ordinance passed, San Diegans had to fulfill expensive permitting requirements including purchasing a water meter, fencing and locks. Now, community gardens can be started in both residential and commercial zones without a permit. Gardeners in non-residential areas will also be able to sell their produce on-site, increasing access to fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables.
With this victory secured, Annie Lorrie Anderson-Lazo, the One in Ten General Committee Coordinator, is looking toward bigger goals: “This signals the opportunity for us to work on more creative, collaborative and community-driven policy changes that will provide food security and equitable access, improve public health, enrich the economy for growers, eaters, workers and businesses, and preserve the environment for future generations!”
We at CFJC are proud to have One in Ten Coalition as an organizational member. One in Ten’s victory to protect urban community gardens brings us a step closer to achieving a just and sustainable food system.
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