In 2014 LiveWell Greenville’s At Mealtime (Access to Healthy Foods) Workgroup performed a comprehensive food policy scan in the Greenville community and subsequently launched a website housing all relevant findings. The ultimate objective of this policy scan was to assist and encourage local governing bodies as they consider making and adopting policies that increase access, production, and distribution of healthy affordable foods.
Under the supervision of LWG’s Community Planning Coordinator, a team of local partners performed a review of existing ordinance and codes for the cities of Fountain Inn, Greenville, Greer, Mauldin, Simpsonville, and Travelers Rest, as well as Greenville County and the State of South Carolina. From this scan, they were able to compile a database of policies related to home gardens, community gardens, urban farming, and farmer’s markers.
A website was then created in which all of these policies were compiled and made easily accessible to the general public. The policies cover a wide range of issues including land use, animal control, agricultural waste, business licenses, and event fees. There are 150 policies included in this database, and this number is expected to increase as more updates are made. The policy scan identifies relevant agencies and regulatory documents in order to assist efforts to make formal policy recommendations.
There are four basic urban agriculture topic areas:
- Home Gardens,
- Community Gardens,
- Urban Farming, and
- Farmers’ Markets)
The website provides information on the types of regulations that most directly affect them. This should serve as a guide for local governments as they review their policies.
The goal of this website is to ensure that residents have access to healthy & affordable foods. Efforts to achieve this goal are served by the following objectives.
- To identify, evaluate and efficiently introduce existing local policies which impact access to healthy, affordable foods in Greenville County;
- To provide greater understanding of those local policies which impact access to healthy, affordable foods;
- To encourage the adoption of policies which create opportunities for greater access and affordability of healthy foods
You can check out the website at http://foodpolicy.livewellgreenville.org/