Enact a Cottage Food Law in California
  • Petitioned California State Legislature

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California State Legislature

Enact a Cottage Food Law in California

    1. Christina Oatfield
    2. Petition by

      Christina Oatfield

      Berkeley, CA

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September 2012

Victory

From petition creator Christina Oatfield: "We have some WONDERFUL news! Governor Brown signed the Homemade Food Act into law!!! Thank you so much for all your help! I feel so lucky to have worked with such a passionate state-wide team of homemade food enthusiasts. We at the Sustainable Economies Law Center are so excited for all the opportunities that will soon be open to the small food justice enterprises we support. And I can't wait to start buying homemade food! The law will go into effect in January. You can download a copy of the full bill and read a plan-English summary of it at http://www.theselc.org/cottage-food-laws/ SELC is planning to create a legal resource guide to answer some of the frequently asked questions that come up from aspiring food producers interested in taking advantage of this new law. We also plan to work with county health departments around the state to make sure that this law gets properly implemented. We're looking to raise another $500 - $1000 in the next week to support this work so if you're able to make a donation it would be much appreciated by SELC and homemade food enthusiasts around the state. You can donate at our website above. Finally, let's keep in touch! You can sign up to receive very occasional newsletter updates about SELC's food-related work at www.theSELC.org. We did it!!"

We’ve made real progress towards our goal of passing California’s cottage food law! Our bill, AB 1616, the California Homemade Food Act, is on the Governor's desk waiting to be signed!

But we really need your help! Governor Brown is being pressured by various interest groups, including some public health officials, to veto the bill so we really need to demonstrate the widespread grassroots support for homemeade food in California! Visit our campaign's TAKE ACTION page at the link below for a sample letter to the Governor and his mailing address:

http://www.theselc.org/cottagefood/takeaction/

 

Also, please consider making a donation to the Sustainable Economies Law Center at http://www.razoo.com/story/Cottagefoodlaw no matter how small, to help us continue our legal research, advocacy and building grassroots support around the state. Given our very low overhead, even a modest donation can go a long way towards ensuring that the California Homemade Food Act (AB 1616) will pass during this session of the legislature and be signed by the Governor this month.

Aside from our occasional email updates, you can find out more information on the bill and how you can help by visiting www.cottagefood.org.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 6,000 signatures
    2. Ca Homemade Food Act PASSES Out of Senate Health Committee

      Christina Oatfield
      Petition organiser

      Our bill, AB 1616, passed unanimously out of the Senate Health Committee this afternoon!

    3. URGENT: Call Sen Health Cmt Chair Ed Hernandez about Ca Homemade Food Act!!

      Christina Oatfield
      Petition organiser

      The Health Committee Chair, Senator Ed Hernandez, has indicated he will oppose the bill unless it is amended to remove the provision that allows home food producers to sell to local shops and restaurants (not just at farmers' markets, and in homes). This is a really important part of the bill to preserve and we need to let him know that this is important to thousands of supporters across the state. Please call him and let him know that you as a food producer and/or consumer don't want this unnecessary restriction placed on the local sales of home made goods in the California Homemade Food Act (AB 1616). His Sacramento office number is (916) 651-4024. Call today or at the latest tomorrow morning during business hours if you can. If you can't, call whenever you can and leave a message.

      Find a sample phone script at: http://www.theselc.org/cottagefood/takeaction/

    4. We need your help in Sacramento next week!

      Christina Oatfield
      Petition organiser

      Hello California Homemade Food Act supporters!

      We need all the people we can get to be in Sacramento with us next week when the Senate Health Committee votes on our bill. The meeting will be in the afternoon on Wednesday, June 27 in the State Capitol. We'll have an update with a more specific time hopefully by the end of this week. Can you be there? We need people like you to come stand in support of the California Homemade Food Act! Having a crowd of supporters will send a powerful message to the Committee. Everyone who comes with have the opportunity to briefly introduce themselves before the committee and state that they support the bill. There may be opportunities for a few individuals to make longer statements. More info to come.
      Fill out this quick and simple form so we know you're coming, can get a rough head count and can start to coordinate carpools!
      https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dENONmdQZUJFcFlHNDdERWtIaEwtQkE6MQ

    5. Reached 5,000 signatures
    6. Thoughtful Post about 1 Year Anniversary of Texas Cottage Food Law

      Christina Oatfield
      Petition organiser

      "This entire cottage food battle –the achievements and the challenges– has my mind begging a few questions: when did we start invoking the name of public health as a way of scaring citizens? Frankly, I put far greater trust into the food of a local producer trying to support their family over a corporation creating profits for shareholders. Hands down. And when did we stop trusting ourselves? Somewhere along the way, we’ve been convinced by food marketing and government entities that we –the individual– cannot possibly take care of ourselves. We cannot possibly grow our own food or bake our own treats. I disagree. I say let them eat cake…and bake it too, for Pete’s sake!"

      Read more: http://www.grit.com/you-are-where-you-eat/cottage-food-laws.aspx#ixzz1xbYpJ1A7

    7. Pop Up Shop in Oakland this Saturday

      Christina Oatfield
      Petition organiser

      Bay Area folks: this Saturday I'll be at Pizzaiolo's in Oakland with some other food enthusiasts for the Pop Up Shop, organized by Temra Costa (author of Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat). See their facebook page for more info. Proceeds will support SELC's work on the California Homemade Food Act. Hope to see you there!

    8. Assembly to vote any day this week on the Californa Homemade Food Act!

      Christina Oatfield
      Petition organiser

      Call your Assemblymember today to urge them to support the California Homemade Food Act, AB 1616! You can find links to contact info and a sample phone script here:
      http://www.theselc.org/cottagefood/takeaction/

    9. Over 60 organizations, businesses support the California Homemade Food Act!

      Christina Oatfield
      Petition organiser

      We've just seen the compiled list of all the organizations that have written to the California State Legislature to voice their support for the bill and it's quite an impressive one! Check it out at
      http://www.theselc.org/cottagefood/who-supports-it/ Be sure to download an endorsement form and send it to us if your organization, community group or business would like to be added to the list!

    10. Action Alert Part 2

      Christina Oatfield
      Petition organiser

      Want to be part of the discussion about the bill? Join our facebook group "Cottage Food Law - supporters of AB 1616, the California Homemade Food Act". Search for it after you log in.

      Our team is working HARD to get this bill passed and keep it from being watered down by the vested interests! We're committed to seeing this campaign through and to creating opportunities for local food economies to thrive.

      We also need your help financially. Your donations make it possible for us to travel to key meetings and events, do legal research, communicate with stakeholders, and keep you informed on how to support the campaign. Again, please donate at http://www.razoo.com/story/Cottagefoodlaw.

      Thank you.

      Christina Oatfield, Campaign Coordinator / SELC Food Policy Director

    11. California Homemade Food Act Action Alert

      Christina Oatfield
      Petition organiser

      ACTION ALERT PART 1

      Dear Friends,

      We’ve made real progress towards our goal of passing California’s cottage food law! But we really need your help.

      If you haven't already, please write and call your representatives and ask them to sign on. Visit our Take Action page at http://www.theselc.org/cottagefood/takeaction/ for all the info that you need to do so.

      Our bill will be voted on in the Assembly Health Committee on this Tuesday, April 17 (we know there have been various news reports and other announcements from us indicating other dates, there have been some delays, but it's for sure happening this Tuesday—thanks for your patience!).

      Can you be in Sacramento on Tuesday to show your support? Email californiacottagefood@gmail.com to let us know if you can.

      We also have secured endorsements from 15 (and counting) organizations and businesses--www.cottagefood.org has the list. Let us know if your community group wants to join!

    12. Reached 4,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Allen Cook RAMONA, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Will allow small businesses to expand their business in CA>

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    • denise meeks LOS ANGELES, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      important

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    • Hank Olson MODESTO, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Most of the best foods are made at home. We are cheating our palates not allowing this!

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    • Irene Ramos PALMDALE, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Good opportunity for people to make some extra money, and a boost for our economy.

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    • Diana Reed SPRING VALLEY, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I want to be able to grow, produce and sell products

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