Author: Julie Hutcheson

Ask Supervisors to Uphold $5 Million Promise for Farmland Preservation
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Ask Supervisors to Uphold $5 Million Promise for Farmland Preservation

On Tuesday, June 2, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors will consider whether to fulfill their commitment to fund nearly $5 million for farmland preservation. There are negotiations with local farmers for agricultural conservation easements that are dependent on this funding being approved by the Board of Supervisors. If they do not take action,...

Supervisors Approve Climate Smart Farming Pilot Program
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Supervisors Approve Climate Smart Farming Pilot Program

Last Tuesday, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved an innovative program to fund climate-smart farming practices. Please thank the Supervisors [see email form below] for authorizing this unique and timely program to increase our region’s climate resilience while also supporting local farms and ranches. What’s Happening In January 2019, the Board of Supervisors...

50th Earth Day Celebration: A Pandemic Won’t Stop Us
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50th Earth Day Celebration: A Pandemic Won’t Stop Us

Over 500 participants shared in the spirit of community, activism, and empowerment that permeated Green Foothills’ Virtual Earth Day event on April 22. Messages about the urgent need to act on behalf of our environment for our own sake and that of future generations were intertwined with calls for everyone to make a positive impact....

People Who Give Us Hope: Trina Hineser
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People Who Give Us Hope: Trina Hineser

On March 1, Trina Hineser became the new Executive Director of the Land Trust of Santa Clara Valley, a nonprofit that protects natural habitat and agricultural lands in Santa Clara County through conservation easements and land acquisition. We are very pleased to see Trina, who graduated from Green Foothills’ Community Advocates Leadership Academy in 2018,...

Big Potential in Small Farms
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Big Potential in Small Farms

For over a decade, claims have been made that farming on small parcels – those that are 40 acres or less – is simply not viable in Santa Clara County. To be successful, according to this argument, farming requires much larger parcel sizes. With 83% of agricultural parcels in the county below this 40-acre threshold,...

People Who Give Us Hope – Carolyn Tognetti
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People Who Give Us Hope – Carolyn Tognetti

Carolyn Tognetti has been a true champion of southern Santa Clara County’s environment for decades. A native of Gilroy, Carolyn became involved in city land use issues with a local group called Citizens for Balanced Growth in the late 1980s and has remained a core member as it transformed into Save Open Space Gilroy in...

CEQA: A Force for People and Nature
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CEQA: A Force for People and Nature

Committee for Green Foothills is a steadfast supporter of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and has been since this landmark environmental protection and public process law was passed by the state legislature in 1970. This is because it gives the public – and organizations like ours –  the right to weigh in on the...

Supervisors Request Options to Fund Farmland Preservation
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Supervisors Request Options to Fund Farmland Preservation

On May 7, we asked you to speak up for farmland preservation by asking the Board of Supervisors to allocate money to help protect local farmland at risk of sprawl. Thank you to the 249 people who emailed the Board! We’re pleased to say that progress was made, and your emails mattered. During the budget workshop,...

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