The Light Brown Apple Moth vs. Veggie Trader
|SARDI - Greg Baker|
Say what? I'd heard about the apple moth due to stories about the California Department of Food and Agriculture's plan to spray pesticides from airplanes over urban areas, and was vaguely aware that there were restrictions in Sonoma County and other agricultural areas, but this was the first I'd heard about restrictions on backyard produce.
It turns out that since the quarantine went into effect in May 2007 the borders of the quarantined area have been gradually expanded to cover most of the Bay Area. As you can see by the dotted red line in the map below, that includes all of San Francisco (click for a larger map; see the CDFA's Web site for more maps.).
The federal order prohibits removing virtually all plants and plant materials except seeds, nuts, and houseplants from your property. It's not even legal to give fruit or herbs to your neighbor. So, until this moth is eradicated, Veggie Trader's probably no use to you unless you've got a nut tree.