With all the talk about locavores, victory garden revivals and residents raising chickens and bees, a San Franciscan might be surprised to learn that he can’t just sell produce out of his backyard. Not without running afoul of the law, that is.
While vacant real estate increasingly is being reclaimed for nonprofit and community gardens, old zoning laws prohibit selling homegrown produce without a costly permit and a hearing in front of the city Planning Commission.
But that could soon change.
In the coming weeks, city officials will start considering zoning changes that would let San Francisco join several other municipalities – from Boston to Kansas City – that are opening the door to a new small-business experiment: urban agriculture. Read more »