Category: Farmland

Growing Local Markets for Farmers and Community
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Growing Local Markets for Farmers and Community

Before I came to work at Green Foothills, I was a farmers’ market manager for almost 7 years in the Bay Area. From opening new markets, to performing farm inspections to ensure market integrity, my time as a farmers’ market manager was both gratifying and educational. Concerned with the struggles that some local markets faced...

From the Valley to the Coast: Setting the Table for the Future of Farming
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From the Valley to the Coast: Setting the Table for the Future of Farming

For over half a century, Green Foothills has worked to preserve farmland, because local, well managed farms are indispensable to our community’s resilience. Here in our region, our local farms not only offer us fresh healthy food, but they also provide us with open space, carbon sequestration, flood control, fire hazard mitigation, and wildlife habitat,...

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 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,...

Action Alert: Update on the SEQ
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Action Alert: Update on the SEQ

What’s Happening On Wednesday February 6, the Morgan Hill City Council directed staff to postpone starting the process for development of city-owned property in the Southeast Quadrant until Council has had the opportunity to review and discuss the City’s plan for this area. Please email the City Council to thank them for deciding to reevaluate...

Supervisors Support Funding Preservation of 12,000 Farmland Acres
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Supervisors Support Funding Preservation of 12,000 Farmland Acres

On Tuesday, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to strengthen the protection and viability of agriculture in the County, including allocating up to $20 million annually (if available) from the year-end General Fund balance to acquire agricultural conservation easements. Please email the Supervisors to thank them for acting to preserve farmland in...

Action Alert Followup: Sprawl in the SEQ
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Action Alert Followup: Sprawl in the SEQ

On Tuesday, we asked you to speak up for responsible growth and farmland in Morgan Hill. Your response was heartening! 30 people emailed the City and Council Members.   Unfortunately, City Council – on a 3 to 2 vote – adopted a resolution authorizing the City to apply once again to LAFCo so they may...

Action Alert: Stop Sprawl in the SEQ
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Action Alert: Stop Sprawl in the SEQ

Note: The Council meeting has occurred and unfortunately the Council voted 3-2 to apply for annexation of farmland. Thank you to all those who wrote to the Morgan Hill City Council. We will continue to advocate on this issue. On Wednesday, Sept. 5, the Morgan Hill City Council will consider adopting a resolution authorizing the...

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