San Diego Food Policy / 1 in 10 Coalition

** Local Food Policy News **


Compost as of Dec, 2014

Thanks to comments submitted by San Diego 1 in 10 Coalition supporters in 2013, CalRecycle has responded to the composting rule changes by proposing new allowances for small-scale composting up to 100 cubic yards. We still believe there's more opportunity for community composting. Our supporters have remained engaged and submitted additional comments during CalRecycle's Formal Rulemaking comment period in November 2014. You can view the letters here:

Keep up the good food fight!


On 2/22/12, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders signed five ordinances that will overhaul the city’s urban agriculture regulations. Except for the land use regulations in the Coastal Zone, this was the last step in the process of these ordinances becoming law. They will go into effect on March 22nd.

The city’s new laws will (drum roll...):

- allow animal husbandry (chickens, miniature goats, bees)
- expand sales at community gardens
- create two new opportunities to grow and sell food (in commercial zones)
- streamline the process to start farmers' markets on private property

For more information, see the Urban Ag Summary Table (PDF) of items passed by City Council - and more on our resources page.

The city will also soon be releasing pamphlets on some of the ordinances. We’ll make them available once we have them.

Likewise, a celebration is in the works! We’ll announce it when the time/date/location has been settled.

A huge THANK YOU goes out to everyone who has participated over the last nine months: going to meetings all over the city at night, taking time off work to attend meetings during the day, providing input on the nitty gritty of the code, writing letters, talking to councilmembers — it all helped. And THANK YOU also to those who worked even longer, sticking with us since the community garden efforts!

And since the Urban Ag changes are exciting news, check out the media coverage!
- 10 News: Council OKs Certain Livestock For City Residents
- KPBS: San Diego City Council Approves Backyard Chickens, Goats and Bees
- NBC 7/39 (via youtube): Urban Agriculture Reform
- SD Reader: City Council Unanimously in Favor of Urban Agriculture Amendments

And... Check out the video of the council session, which was quite entertaining!

Other news (things we can’t claim credit for):

- Santee also recently voted to allow chickens (10 News link)

- On February 28, Vista adopted a new general plan that has an element focusing on health, including a section entitled, ‘Community Food Security’. It talks about community gardens, farmers' markets, etc. Good stuff.

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