Zoning Changes Allow Neighbors to Sell Produce from Yard

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

HARRISONBURG -- Neighbors in Harrisonburg can now sell vegetables from their own yard. Harrisonburg City Council approved changing the city's zoning to allow business gardens.

Neighbors will be able to use 50 percent of their yard to grow vegetables, but they won't be able to sell on site or advertise there. Only those who live in the home are allowed to work at the garden.

"I can take all my property and grow tomatoes on it and I can eat them myself, but I can't sell them to somebody seemed to be not an appropriate place to draw the line," said Richard Baugh, a city council member.

Four out of five city council members voted to pass the measure. The mayor voted against it. He said it may change the residential aspect of neighborhoods and could bring problems down the road.

"The assumption has been all along that this is organic, but when you get into production agriculture, there could be a use of sprays and we're just not equipped as a city to regulate that nor should we be," said Harrisonburg Mayor Ted Byrd.

Baugh said he didn't think the ordinance will change how the neighborhoods look that much.

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