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by Patrick Mitchell
on May 16, 2016 at 8:54 PM
Congratulations! The book looks wonderful. I can't wait to read it.
by Robyn Rominger
on June 15, 2016 at 5:45 AM
The timing of this new book is amazing! We are facing the same threat to farmland in Yolo County, under the guise of "agritourism," an idea that began with good intentions--to help supplement the income of working farms and ranches--but is being abused by urban developers. It is unfortunate that rural event centers are being promoted as part of the "farm to fork" movement, but in reality, they are interfering with farmers' abilities to farm. We are faced with the possibility of fallowing some of our productive farmland due to buffer zone requirements that prevent us from protecting our organic and sustainably-grown crops crops. The traffic problems interfere with our ability to harvest our crops, which may lead to the loss of our contracts with tomato canneries, trucking companies and other agricultural businesses. The wildlife are being scared away by amplified party music and strobe lights. As farmers, we see this leapfrog development as the gradual displacement of valuable farmland. Unfortunately, the marketers try to characterize this type of rural development as positively contributing to economic development; however, it it hurting the local agricultural economy, which provides all of us with food as well as open-space benefits and wildlife habitat. We need more support for farmland preservation. We don't want to see Yolo County go from cows to concrete. This new book about the development of farmland in Los Angeles County is totally relevant to the agricultural economies in all counties throughout the state and indeed the nation.
 
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