Agriculture survey finds urban farming a hot commodity in Utah

Agriculture survey shows rise in urban farming in Utah

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  • Misseleer71 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 16, 2019 4:38 a.m.

    If your land isn't stolen from you by city's and developers this is a good thing. It would serve some if they applied for a well water permit as well, where pure water is waiting for the eager.

  • 79Ute Orange County, CA
    April 16, 2019 3:28 a.m.

    At the farmers' market in Irvine/Newport Beach, one of the vendors is an elderly Japanese-American woman with a variety of great produce. Her farm is her backyard in Santa Ana.

    Sadly, too much in-fill space in cities goes from agriculture to development. A farmer dies, and his/her land is sold to developers because the next generation doesn't want to farm and is ready to cash in on the land value at its "highest and best (?) use."

    One of the wealthiest families in Orange County (again, Japanese-American) continues farming a significant portion of its original farm adjacent to the junction of the 405 and 55 freeways. While the first generation was alive, they some developed high-rise commercial properties and high-density apartments/condos, but the second generation of the family is still farming on this parcel and other smaller parcels scattered around Santa Ana. How long the third generation will keep the land in agriculture?

    What used to be strawberry (and lima bean) fields forever are now occupied by Nordstrom's and others in both the Irvine Spectrum and South Coast Plaza.

    This time of year we miss the fragrance of orange blossoms in Orange County!

  • cdk Salt Lake City, UT
    April 15, 2019 9:12 a.m.

    Thanks Amy for the excellent article! It gives us hope in Utah’s future! You shared with us how home-growers and others are doing some of their own gardens...some large and some small, even though all around it appears that agricultural land is being eaten up with housing developments. Thank you for the encouraging news!

  • quackquack Park City, UT
    April 15, 2019 9:04 a.m.

    This is one trend I love seeing, Ive had my own garden since the 90's and nothing is better than picking ripe tomatoes from the garden and cherries off my trees. Fresh organic veggies and fruit without having to pay the Whole foods prices.

  • What in Tucket Provo, UT
    April 15, 2019 6:34 a.m.

    An excellent article. I think they are using drip irrigation which is very good in Utah as it takes half the water of sprinkling. Where it can be used subsurface irrigation is even better as it takes 1/10 the water and does not water the weeds.