SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – An Oak Park family is pushing to transform from the way their community eats by cultivating an urban farm – and now they’re trying to sell their goods.

When the economy crashed in 2008, it got Chanowk Yisrael thinking.

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“How would I be able to provide for the basic needs of my family?” Chanowk said.

He looked at a place you wouldn’t expect – his backyard.

“I came home and decided I wanted to start growing food,” Chanowk said.

He created a 1000 square feet garden with everything from kale and beets, to lettuce and asparagus.

“Asparagus, I think, is the best crop for the home gardener … I can say we’ve saved thousands of thousands of dollars,” Chanowk said.

Now, his urban family farm is on a mission to offer healthy produce to a neighborhood filled with convenient stores and fast food restaurants.

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“You know where it came from. You can pick it fresh and cook it right there,” said Lindsay Weaver from Bee Love Sacramento.

But Chanowk has hit a roadblock.

“I found out the zoning for residential areas prohibits being able to grow food from your backyard and sell it unless you go to a farmer’s market,” Chanowk said.

He’s now joined Sacramentans for Sustainable Community Agriculture and is working to pass an urban agriculture ordinance to make growing food in your backyard legal to sell.

“[If] Sacramento wants to live up to its name of being the farm-to-fork capital of the country, it needs to embrace urban agriculture in a big way,” Chanowk said.

The family tells CBS13 they’re talking with city council members and are optimistic an ordinance will be passed.

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They also hold classes to teach neighbors how to prepare and cook the organic produce.