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Make it legal to sell fresh veggies or eggs from your yard

Deb Kleinman


The local food movement is exploding, and here's a great way to get / provide local food while fostering the local informal economy. Typical policies prohibit doing this in an above-board way - changing that would build community and support local food independence.



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  • John Wynn

    I was intrigued by your post and it took some digging, but I discovered that here in Cleveland, as the result an ordinance enacted in 2009, residents can legally sell produce and eggs grown on their property or in community gardens. The effort, pioneered by The National League of Cities, is aimed at developing sustainable urban food systems and increasing access to fresh food in under-served neighborhoods.
    I vaguely remember a proposed revision to The Food Safety Act in 2009 or 2010, that was purported to make the sale of home-grown food illegal but I am not sure how it played out.

    • Deb Kleinman

      John - that's so great. I lived in Cleveland for awhile back in the early 2000s and the local food movement was going strong. Glad to hear it's still happening! I'm not sure about the Food Safety Act revisions, I'll try to find out.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Is there a petition or some type of source where we can make this happen?

    • Deb Kleinman

      Because these ordinances happen at the local level, if you're intrigued as a first step you to get in touch with your local officials and/or local groups focused on local food and see where your city is at. If you are in Denver, get in touch via Facebook with the Sustainable Food Denver folks and ask how you can help.

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        I would love to know what you're doing personally to take action in your area. Are you involved in SFD?