Policy Summary

Section 10-14.1 establishes standards for community and market gardens. Allows produce to be grown for personal or group use, consumption, donation or off-site sales, but does not allow on-site sales. Also does not allow raising of livestock on land except for fowl in some circumstances. Additionally, section 10-15 establishes that licensing fees are waived for farmers or market gardeners selling from house to house.

Background Information

State Kentucky
Jurisdiction Name Lexington-Fayette
Jurisdiction Type City, County,
Population Size 200,000-800,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
  • Expressly allows something
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Grow; Get;
Evidence for Health

This policy may correspond to diet-related strategies identified by the County Health Rankings’ What Works for Health tool, including:

For research on the potential effectiveness, please review the category links above.

We understand that this information is not comprehensive. It also does not include other important forms of evidence such as community members’ lived experiences and practice-based evidence.

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Health-related goal?

Law refers to waste and compost containers be maintained so as to not attract insects, vermins, and animals or create a nuisance. § 10-14.1 (e)(10).

Environmental goal?

Law refers to promoting "sustainable" food production, and also requires garden site to "be designed and maintained so that water, chemicals or waste will not drain onto adjacent property, and measures are taken to control soil erosion." §§ 10-14.1 (a) and (e)(6).

Economic goal?

See reference to "affordable local food production for local consumption." § 10-14.1 (a).

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

"The primary purpose of community and market gardens is to promote sustainable and affordable local food production for local consumption." § 10-14.1(a).

Includes definitions?

"Community garden" is defined in section 10-14.1(d).

Addresses implementation?

Enforcement provisions?

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

Sections 10-14.1 and 10-15 are located in Chapter 10, "Food and Drugs," Article I, "In General." History for sec. 10-14.1: Ord. No. 43-2016, § 1, 4-7-16 ; and Ord. No. 56-2017 , § 2, 4-27-17. History for section 10-15: not specified.


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