El Dorado County Farm Bureau Executive Director Valerie Zentner gave a very detailed overview of the California Irrigated Lands Program, and how it relates to MicroFarms and the selling of produce, e.g., Farmers Markets, (Neighborhood Hubs), etc..
The bottom line is, if you sell so much as one tomato, you fall under the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program.
I’ve posted the pamphlet for the program here. Click on the image to enlarge.
We also went over the suggestions for policy changes:1. Allow use of Animal Keeping (chickens, mini goats, and other small animals) on small parcels 2. Allow use of front yard vegetable gardens 3. Allow selling what produce you grow on or off site 4. Encourage rooftop gardens and ground level gardens, especially in mixed use, commercial and multi-family A. Recognize vacant development sites, unused county owned land, commercial rooftops, and residential lawns are all potential farms and gardens 5. Develop a ratio that requires X amount of community gardens per X amount of population in Community Regions and Rural Centers 6. Require inclusionary language in future high density development agreements for above subjects, especially in CCR’s 7. Other?
What’s next? Until the draft Environmental Impact Report is released for LUPPU we are in a holding position.
If you would like to learn more about the local food movement, here’s two research docs that have excellent information about locavore policy that could be gleaned for EDC policy.1. The City of Eugene, Oregon has a Food Security and Scoping Plan. Pages 29-89:White Paper on Urban Homesteading and Model Ordinance. It details Reform of Local Land Use Laws To Allow Microlivestock on Urban Homesteads. I’ve attached and also linked here online http://www.scribd.com/doc/160255091/Food-Security-Resource-and-Scoping-Plan
2. And, I’ve found this detailed legal study on Locavores vs. government codes:
Of Backyard Chickens and Front Yard Gardens: The Conflict Between Local Governments and Locavores http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2030526http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2030526