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Are Community Gardens Commercial Enterprises?

Posted by admin On November 7th

Have any of you had to respond to residential neighborhoods wanting to install a community garden with the plan of selling the items it produces from the same site as well?

We have an opportunity to expand a City residential playground park; and this is just one of the many creative items being discussed.  Code Man would definitely appreciate any information you may have on the topic;  copies of related ordinances and/or legal opinions, etc. would be of use too.

Please respond below and thanks for you assistance.

2 Responses

  1. Pat M Says:

    Community gardens have been pretty common in Philadelphia, Pa for years. The city allows it to eliminate vacant lots that were gathering trash and debris and becoming a target for shortdumping of furniture and tires. An agreement is usually signed between the city and those who are committed to the upkeep of the lots. Failure to keep said land in good condition that would be compliant to ordinances, voids the agreement on the cities behalf. They are required to be fenced off with a locked gate, keys are only given to those comitted to the upkeep. Since the city offeres the land to be used, the “gatekeepers” are responsible for purchasing of any tools, fertilizer ect.

    Posted on November 7th, 2012 at 4:09 pm

  2. Lydia W Says:

    We don’t have community gardens here in Sunrise, FL, however when I was in Denver, CO last month I saw many of them. They were neat and well kept and really did eliminate the need to constantly monitor the upkeep of vacant lots. People even grew them on their swales in the older sections of the city with little signs that said “Help yourself”. All were very well maintained. It’s a great idea, and one that I will certainly bring to the attention of my City!

    Posted on November 21st, 2012 at 2:59 pm

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