Berkeley, CA, General Plan

Adopted April 2001

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Urban Agriculture

The city’s general plan includes several policy recommendations that support community gardens and urban farms. The Open Space and Recreation Element includes Policy OS-8, Community Gardens, which encourages and supports this use as an important open space resource that builds communities and provides a local food source. Actions include encouraging neighborhood groups to develop community gardens, including community gardens in right-of-way planning for certain streets, target garden development in high-density areas with little private open space, partnering with other agencies and groups to support community gardens, and supporting school-based gardens and youth involvement in growing food.

In the Environmental Management element, Policy EM-34, Local Food Systems, calls for supporting community gardening programs and providing garden sites.

Berkeley, CA

2010 Population: 112,580

2010 Population Density: 10,752.63/square mile