On July 17 the Berkeley City Council unanimously approved making it easier for people to legally sell or trade produce grown in Berkeley’s residential yards.
Till now this extremely low-level economic activity–for example, delivering a weekly basket of home-grown produce to a few neighbors for a fee–has required a use permit costing around $3,000.
The new “Edible Gardens” ordinance eliminates the need for a permit. It exempts sales of “Non-Processed Edibles” grown or raised in Berkeley residential gardens from any permit requirements so long as sales are only to end consumers, take place between 8 am and 8 pm, and are shielded from view from the public right of way, and no more than 10 customer visits are generated per day.
The Sierra Club applauds this change.