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City Approves More Community Gardens
Environment, Health

 

The Las Vegas City Council approved a new ordinance that allows people to set up more community gardens.

Community gardens will now be allowed in certain residential, commercial and industrial zoning districts. The bill was sponsored by Ward 5 Councilman Ricki Barlow. The idea was sparked by the successful Vegas Roots Community Garden, formerly known as the Tonopah Community Garden.

The ordinance hopes to promote healthy food in neighborhoods that are often called “food deserts” because of the lack of grocery stores and nutritious food options.  The bill also allows weekly sales of goods from the gardens.

“Community gardens are becoming more prominent in Las Vegas due to the trend of leading a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle. Residents want to grow fresh fruits and vegetables near their home, and this bill will allow for that use to be expanded,” Councilman Barlow said.

Environment, Health