Greenbelt Alliance Report Outlines Challenges to Farming

The disappearance of large swaths of farmable land is among the top obstacles facing Bay Area farmers today. The finding was one of a handful that a nonprofit dedicated to preserving open space described in a recently released report that it hopes will prompt local government agencies to rethink their land-use policies. Well over a year in the making, the document that Greenbelt Alliance has published enumerates factors that make it difficult for farmers in the nine-county region to thrive — or even survive — and highlights how some growers and government officials are overcoming those problems.