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LEED ND: Built Project | v1 - LEED 1.0 pilot

Local food production

NPDc16 | Possible 1 point


Promote community-based and local food production to minimize the environmental impacts from transporting food long distances and increase direct access to fresh foods.


Establish CC&Rs or other forms of deed restrictions that do not prohibit areas for growing produce, including greenhouses, on any portion or area of residential front yards, rear yards, side yards, balconies, patios or rooftops. Greenhouses, but not gardens, may be prohibited in front yard areas that face the street.


Meet the requirements under one of the following Options:

Option 1 – Neighborhood farms and gardens

Dedicate permanent and viable growing space and/or related facilities (such as greenhouses) within the project at the square footage areas specified below. Provide fencing, watering systems, soil and/or garden bed enhancements (such as raised beds), secure storage space for garden tools, solar access, and pedestrian access for these spaces. Ensure that the spaces are owned and managed by an entity that can include occupants of the project in its decision-making, such as a community group, a homeowners association, or a public body.

Option 2 – Community supported agriculture

Purchase shares in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program located within 150 miles of the project site for at least 80% of the households within the project for two years. Shares must be delivered to within ¼ mile of the project on a regular schedule, which shall not be less than twice per month at least four months of the year.

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