Agriculture survey shows rise in urban farming in Utah
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.
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!
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!
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
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.