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Most important, the new ordinance will legitimize the production and sale of locally grown produce and end the permitting issues that have long plagued small-scale urban farmers here in San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area.
Urban agriculture and urban farms are about much more than planting a few tomato plants in a backyard. These enterprises create jobs and build life skills for people in need; they enhance the urban environment and make it safer; they provide food security and foster community; they give San Franciscans who participate a sense of ownership and pride in their city.
All across San Francisco, spontaneous vegetable and fruit gardens and micro-farms provide the evidence that the urban farming model works. The Quesada Gardens Initiative, born in 2002 when Annette Young Smith and the late Karl Paige began planting flowers and vegetables around a blighted Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood, flourishes today with the support of the surrounding community.
Friday, April 8, 2011
Zoning can boost urban agriculture's renaissance