What The Flora?

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Posted Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 at 4:31 pm

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Let’s face it.  There are a lot of stupid laws out there.  Just a brief investigation revealed these gems.

In California:

  • Animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship.

  • Community leaders passed an ordinance that makes it illegal for anyone to try and stop a child from playfully jumping over puddles of water.

  • In 1838, the city of Los Angeles passed an ordinance requiring that a man obtain a license before serenading a woman.

I’d like to add another one to the list.

  • In 1946, Los Angeles passed a municipal code known as the Truck Gardening Ordinance which currently prohibits selling fruits, nuts, flowers or seedlings grown in residential zones at local farmers’ markets.  The ordinance allows selling vegetables grown on private properties, but excludes everything else.

Total twilight zone.  I can almost see Rod Serling standing beneath an apricot tree, in a garden located somewhere between time and space, explaining this bizarre reality.

This all came to  light last March when Tara Kolla, who runs Silver Lake Farms, was ordered to cease and desist selling her cut flowers at the local farmer’s market.

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In response, she and a few other urban farmers banded together to form the Urban Farming Advocates.  The group is pushing the The Food and Flowers Freedom Act to overturn the ordinance.   Kolla continues to run her impressive mini-farm at her home in Silver Lake and has since set up a CSA.  CLICK HERE to check out all of her exciting workshops and the goings on.

Luckily, Councilman Eric Garcetti is all over this. Garcetti, who has himself transformed his hillside lot in Elysian Heights into an edible garden, has said,

  • “it is in the interest of the city to promote the growth, harvest, on-site consumption and off-site sale of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and other urban gardening products in the city.  The growth of these products, and their sale at local farmers’ markets and other fresh food access programs, are directly related to the city’s efforts to green Los Angeles (by reducing the carbon footprint of food imported from other parts of the country and world), promote nutrition (by providing fresh produce in the city), and foster stronger bonds in the community (by encouraging local participation in farmers’ markets and other fresh food access programs), and create local sustainable job opportunities.”

Go Garcetti!

To find out what you can do to overturn this archaic, rotten law, visit Urban Farming Advocates.



Off The Wall

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Posted Thursday, November 19th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Who needs a patio or a roof?  Grow a garden on your wall.  Bio-Art.  Cool.

The Rooftop Garden Climbs Down a Wall – NYTimes.com.