San Francisco set to approve zoning changes for backyard farming for cash

Summer of urban-ag love: The Bay Area is known as a bastion of urban farming and the local food movement, but “laws governing land use are
still stuck in another era, one that frowned on farming in the city,
especially in residential areas,” reports Zusha Elinson. When Little City Gardens ran into trouble with neighbors, it decided to fight instead of pay the $3,000 for a conditional-use permit. Now, San Francisco is set to roll out significant changes in zoning code this fall, following cities like Detroit, Kansas City, Mo., and Seattle, which will let city farmers sell their produce. Money quote: “It’s actually easier in Berkeley to have a pot collective than to have a vegetable collective,” says one urban farmer. (The Bay Citizen –

3 Responsesto “San Francisco set to approve zoning changes for backyard farming for cash”

  1. Cher from Detroit says:

    It’s a shame that I have to read about what is happening in Detroit from sources outside of Detroit!
    If you try to find information about programs and projects going on in the city from the city depts all you get is old information, closed out programs or dead phones ringing.
    Same on the county and state level.
    Why all the secrecy? Are they afraid we might actually try to use these programs or join a project and make it work like it’s supposed to?
    You gotta know somebody on the inside to get things done or search online for answers to our questions.
    So fed up with the city, the mayors and the those in charge!

  2. Bravo if they actually improve things. I have a very hard time with the whole Zoning idea. I realize that they need rules when they pack sardines in cans, er, I mean people in cities, but some of the zoning rules are so bizarre such as what color you can paint the INSIDE of your house and others that I’ve read of. When I looked to buy land I carefully researched the zoning and found towns that did not have any to help narrow my choices. I don’t want other people telling me how to live my life more than necessary.

    So, here’s to some new rationality and freedom coming to San Franciscan gardens near you!

  3. Chad Lott says:

    The increase in urban farming always makes me think of how SF might have looked in The Fifth Sacred Thing or The City, Not Long After. Hopefully it won’t require a weird pandemic monkey virus to make this all viable.