Thanks for having the foresight to explore the link between Healthy Foods, Healthy Soils, and the environmental and economic well-being of San Diego County. This toolkit was developed for planners, regional stakeholders and anyone with an interest in furthering sustainability, healthy food systems, and public health through better knowledge of zoning, land use, methods and policy focused on best practices and fair rules.

Within each section below are links to a cornucopia of information compiled by researchers charged with finding inspiring model codes and programs designed to facilitate forward-thinking approaches to sound resource management, healthy food systems, and economic and environmental stability. There's also a navigational chart of this toolkit that serves as a table of contents and site map. Otherwise, use this page to foray into the various elements of the researchers' findings. 

The San Diego Food System Alliance is implementing this toolkit in partnership with UC San Diego Center for Community Health as a project of Live Well San Diego: Healthy Works. This work is produced by the California Department of Public Health’s Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch with funding from USDA SNAP-Ed, known in California as CalFresh. This project supports Live Well San Diego, the County’s vision of a region that is Building Better Health, Living Safely, and Thriving. For more information about Live Well San Diego, visit

The Healthy Foods, Healthy Soils Connection

Seems like a no brainer, but the link between healthy soils and good food seems to have slowly slipped from our collective consciousness. Find out why it's so important to reinstate this critical union for public health, good resource management and a secure, robust local food system.

Model Ordinance

California initiatives and legislation are national trend-setters for facilitation of sustainable resource management. Will local zoning and land use rules follow suit? We hope so! This section provides compelling model programs, language and case studies for furthering efforts towards better rules. 

Keys to Success

Developing zoning and land use rules fair to source reduction, food recovery, composting and other sustainable resource management and food system programs are critical to public health and the integrity our our regional environment and economy. Lots of great resources in this section...