The Berkeley Edible Gardens Initiative is a campaign to allow neighbors to sell or trade the surplus edibles they produce in their yards (fruits, vegetables, eggs, and honey). Currently, Berkeley’s Municipal Code prohibits this type of activity unless one applies for costly permits. A coalition of local activists and organizations including the Ecology Center has united to propose minor changes to the City’s zoning code that would facilitate the sale and trade of non-processed edibles produced in Berkeley yards, while still respecting the residential nature of our neighborhoods. Click here to learn more about the proposed changes, the background of this initiative, and who’s on board.
How Can I Get Involved?
- Call, email, or write to your Berkeley City Council Representative before August 2011 and let them know that you support the Edible Gardens Initiative. (If you don’t know which district you live in, click here.)
- Talk with your friends and neighbors about it. Refer them to this website or the Edible Gardens Initiative’s website for more information.
- If you are a Facebook user, “like” the Berkeley Edible Gardens Initiative to alert your friends and neighbors to this issue.
- Add your name to the petition on the Berkeley Edible Gardens Initiative website, or sign the petition at the Berkeley Farmers’ Markets or the Ecology Center.
- Start growing more edibles in your yard!