Urban Farm Plot Violates Zoning

A small strip of land in Los Angeles is being used to grow vegetables for the cafe next door. But officials say the plot violates zoning rules.

At issue is the fact that the vegetables and fruits are being grown for sale in the restaurant, not just for personal use.

"City officials have told Donald Barr, the developer who owns the strip of land, that zoning prohibits raising crops for sale within the city limits. Growing fruits and vegetables for personal use is fine, they say. Selling them is not.

Trevino, 45, and Barr, 76, thus have arrived at the uneasy junction of urban and rural. With edible gardens sprouting in yards and vacant lots in metropolitan areas throughout the country, Culver City officials are pondering the implications of a commercial pocket farm in the midst of factories and houses."

Full Story: Pocket farm could end up dying on the vine



Toronto's Royal York Hotel would be in trouble then.

The Fairmont Royal York Hotel, in downtown Toronto, has a rooftop garden. They grow herbs and vegetables for the hotel's restaurants there. I guess they would be in trouble with those same rules. See http://radioroyalyork.ca/tag/epic-restaurant/ for information.

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