Tools for Local Farms and Ranches
Greenbelt Alliance created this report because there is a problem. In the Bay Area, there is widespread support for a local, sustainable food system. Our region has a vibrant agricultural landscape of 600,000 acres of farms and 1.7 million acres of ranch land, right next door to the center of American gastronomy. Our farms and ranches generate $2.7 billion in annual gross production value alone. That figure jumps to $6.1 billion when we consider the jobs, labor income, and value added from Bay Area agriculture.
Yet development continues to chip away at agricultural lands—jeopardizing availability of local food for our residents and the economic, social, and environmental values that farm and ranch lands provide.
Today, there are 200,000 more acres of farms and ranches at risk of being converted to development. HomeGrown: Tools for Local Farms and Ranches shares what we can do right here in the Bay Area to help.
This report explores creative tools and strategies that are working around the Bay Area and beyond to support local agriculture. Our region’s nine counties have unique agricultural challenges and opportunities. We found that among the many tools outlined in this report, there were five things that each county can do to help farms and ranches succeed.
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