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Taking root: Encinitas continues work on urban farming policy

A family tends to a plot Feb. 12 at the Encinitas Community Garden. As the garden continues to develop, the city of Encinitas is still working on a more concrete urban farming policy. (Photo by Jen Acosta)

Lauren J. Mapp

February 15, 2016

Among recent changes in the local farming community, Encinitas’ Urban Agriculture Subcommittee continued a discussion of a new urban agriculture ordinance and agricultural permit during the second of five Planning Commission public hearings last month. Led by appointed City Council members Catherine Bla...

Point of View: Urban farm tiff has quite a plot

Roman S. Koenig

June 13, 2014

Encinitas’ long, rich history of agriculture has lost out to crops of so-called “McMansions” over the years, but patches of that past tradition continue to hold ground in the city’s urbanized environment. A new movement in urban agriculture stands to revitalize that tradition. Standing in the ...

Saving the family farm: Murky Encinitas ordinances cast shadow over urban agriculture

Laurel Mehl’s urban farm is nestled among several residences. As she looks over her organic fruits and vegetables, a homeowner in the adjacent lot (background) is installing solar panels. (Photo by Scott Allison)

Gisela Lagos

May 31, 2014

Coral Tree Farm is working to gain back the ability to sell produce and hold community educational events for children and adults since losing its farm zoning rights due to city ordinances that do not account for urban farms. Sixteen years ago, Laurel Mehl and her family started the process of downsizing...

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