Community and Culinary Gardens

The demand for locally grown food has increased. Consumers have become more aware of food sources and they recognize the benefits of locally grown food. Access to local food can improve the local economy and lead to healthier food choices for the community.

Culinary gardens and community gardens have emerged as a source of fresh food, locally grown. The Food and Housing Division supports a local food system that is safe, secure and sustainable.

These guidelines can help ensure your produce is protected, from the garden to the table.

Culinary Garden

A culinary garden is part of a permitted food facility (restaurant). The food grown is only used at that food facility and is an approved food source for that restaurant only.

Community Garden

A community garden is a single piece of land that has been divided into multiple plots where people can grow food.

Garden Resources

AB 1990 – Community Food Producer Registration Form
Community Garden FAQ
Community Garden Guideline
Culinary Garden Agreement
Alternative Water Use Guidelines
Composting Tips
Victory Gardens San Diego
Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures (AWM)
AWM Registration Application for Organic Farmers


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