East Contra Costa Farms Need Your Help to Survive

Spring isn’t even here yet and farmers markets throughout Contra Costa County are already bursting with delicious fresh food. As we enjoy that bounty, we shouldn’t take it for granted. Local food depends on local farms, and local farms need your help. Important decisions are coming up that will affect thousands of acres of Contra Costa’s farms and ranchland.

Save the Cherries

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Rich with an abundance of Brentwood sweet corn, fine wines, and U-Pick cherries, Contra Costa County farms and ranches are some of California’s most fruitful, contributing nearly $100 million per year to the Bay Area economy. Yet the county has the most open space at risk of development in the entire region: over 18,000 acres or the equivalent of 18 Golden Gate Parks.

Brentwood General Plan puts pressure on farms

The Bay Area loves chowing down on local food. Yet pressure to pave over our farms and ranches—a huge part of the greenbelt—still exists, especially in Brentwood, east Contra Costa County’s agricultural gem.

Local Farms on the Edge

The Bay Area loves chowing down on local food. Yet pressure to pave over our farms and ranches—a huge part of the greenbelt—still exists, especially in Brentwood, east Contra Costa County’s agricultural gem.