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Oakland OKs sale of backyard produce

OAKLAND — Produce grown in the backyard of a home in Oakland can now legally be sold in the city.

The City Council voted Tuesday to change the definition of home-based businesses to include produce cultivated outdoors. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the city previously required such businesses to be indoors.

The change comes as welcome news to those who have turned their yards into mini-farms. So-called urban farmers prefer to grow the food they consume.

Selling the surplus also puts money in their pockets.

The change does not cover farmers whose operations are so big they need a tractor. Cooperatives that sell produce boxes, people who grow on vacant lots and animal farming is also not covered.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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