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'Food & Flowers Freedom Act' Expected to Get One Step Closer to Law Tomorrow

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Late last month the City Planning Commission approved a proposal to update the language of a decades-old ordinance on the books as pertaining to something called "truck gardening." Dubbed the "Food & Flowers Freedom Act" by movement spearhead Tara Kolla, whose Silver Lake Farms was at the center of the fruit, veggie, and floral controversy.Tomorrow the City Council will be presented with the item, and are expected to echo the CPC's approval, and make a motion that will request the City Attorney draft and present an ordinance for their final approval. By doing so, the Council will agree with the CPC's approval for the revisions to the Los Angeles Municipal Code that will "clarify permitted truck gardening and farming uses in each zone, and create consistency between home occupation conditions and standards and truck gardening operations."

Meanwhile, also in Silver Lake, another similar produce legal roadblock has hit popular new eatery Forage, who were initially accepting food items from guests for preparation on site as dishes. EatingLA points out the shared dilemmas of Forage and the urban farmers who have been unable to sell their wares in places like farmers' markets, remarking "hopefully Forage and its supporters can make some similar progress towards enlightening city officials."