A RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE RIGHTS OF INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS TO GROW AND CONSUME THEIR OWN FOOD AND TO ENTER INTO PRIVATE CONTRACTS WITH OTHER INDIVIDUALS TO BOARD ANIMALS FOR FOOD
WHEREAS, the people of the County of Mendocino historically have maintained and enjoyed the right to raise food for themselves and their families; and
WHEREAS, family farms, sustainable agricultural practices and food processing by individuals, families and small, locally based firms offers stability to our rural way of life by enhancing the economic, environmental and social wealth of our community; and
WHEREAS, in this day and age, there are many barriers to people raising their own food and livestock, including the land required for such activities, capital costs, accessibility, time, knowledge, and skills; and
WHEREAS, as part of the right to raise food for themselves and their families, the people have and maintain the right to raise such food on their own land, subject to zoning and land use laws, and where desired, to contract with others to rent sufficient land for the growing of that food, for boarding their poultry and livestock, and for hiring services related to its care, maintenance, raising, and harvesting; and
WHEREAS, as part of that right, the people have the right to own, and where they deem it convenient to share ownership of, such agricultural activities, livestock, and other food producing animals for their own use, enjoyment, and consumption; and
WHEREAS, no local, state or federal law bars any person from raising their own food for use by themselves and their families; and
WHEREAS, in the interests of a vibrant local economy, it is important that the rights outlined above be maintained and that County officials encourage a healthy and environmentally friendly form of small scale agriculture.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors supports, endorses, and encourages the recognition of the right and freedom of people to raise their own food, including food derived from agricultural animals, for the enjoyment of themselves and their families, either by their own investment and labor or through the assistance of others through contractual arrangements.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors recognizes the right of people to contract with others for the production, processing and delivery of food for home consumption on terms set solely by the contracting parties and not subject to regulations designed for the public sale of such foods.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors supports the adoption of local, state, and federal laws that support and encourage the American people to continue and expand the activities of raising food for themselves and their families.