San Diego Food Policy / 1 in 10 Coalition
VISION: One in Ten households will grow or purchase food within 100 miles of San Diego.

MISSION: "1 in 10" promotes policies leading to local food production and long term food shed sustainability in San Diego through advocacy, education, and organizing.

To this end, we propose that the following ten policies be amended or adopted:
(bold are "current" issues)
  1. Community Garden Permit Process -- Policy changed July 8, 2011
    - Article by Parke Troutman: community-garden-politics-san-diegostyle
    - Policy (PDF): Amendment to the Regulations for Community Gardens
  2. Prioritizing Water for Food Production (to do)
  3. Backyard Growers at Farmers Market (alternate via Urban Ag ordinance)
  4. Graywater Systems/Reclamation Systems (to do)
  5. Green Carts (alternate via Urban Ag ordinance)
  6. Home and Community Composting (to do)
  7. City Chicken Permitting (done! via Urban Ag ordinance)
  8. Urban Beekeeping (done! via Urban Ag ordinance)
  9. Food stamp benefits (EBT) at farmers' markets (needs wider implementation)
  10. Food Waste Composting & Green Waste Recycling (to do)

We propose that residents and government officials work together to support long term food shed sustainability. In [documents we have created], we describe existing policies and propose practical solutions that would support local food production and long term food shed sustainability. The policies are prioritized based on magnitude of impact on San Diego residents in descending order.

How We Began...

In September 2008, San Diego Food Not Lawns hosted a full day workshop on "Understanding San Diego's Food System" with guests from the California Food & Justice Coalition. Over 60 community members participated and at the end nearly half of those participants decided to continue meeting monthly to determine what actions would be needed to make San Diego’s food system more just. By Spring 2009, we had a set of priority action items, an overall goal, and a group name.

What can I do?
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  4. Read materials from our Resources page
  5. Have questions? Contact us by email:
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