The Sacramento Urban Agriculture Coalition has made progress in the campaign for legalization of urban agriculture modernization within the city of Sacramento. On May 14th, the coalition held a press conference advocating for an ordinance that would allow for more urban agriculture in the Sacramento region.
The coalition is comprised of residents and local non-profits hoping to increase opportunities for urban agriculture. The ordinance would give residents of Sacramento the power to sell produce within city limits, prompting economic growth within the city. Passage of this ordinance is one step towards the coalition’s goal of making urban agriculture a viable source of income for Sacramento’s families.
The ordinance would allow for regulated urban farming in all zones and lots around the city. The coalition’s proposal would allow for on-site sales and expansion of established farmer’s markets. Two financial barriers the proposal addresses are water costs and land access.
“We propose allowing urban agriculture to take advantage of a lower water rate, as well as be eligible for decreased start-up costs,” says Matthew Read of Sacramentans for Sustainable Community Agriculture. “ On the land side, we propose that the City take advantage of a new statewide program to allow parcels housing urban agriculture to be eligible for tax-breaks. “
During the press conference, leaders of various non-profits in Sacramento spoke, and council members Steve Cohn and Kevin McCarty made presentations. The press conference was a display of community support and initiative. Speakers shared their experiences and perspectives on the ordinance and its benefits. Policymakers, business owners, and residents agree that urban agriculture is necessary for a greener Sacramento.