Allyson Reedy http://www.eatingwell.com/taxonomy/term/1272/all en Conservation of Open Space in Boulder, Colorado, Makes Farming Affordable http://www.eatingwell.com/food_news_origins/green_sustainable/conservation_of_open_space_in_boulder_colorado_makes_farming_affordable <div class="field field-type-text field-field-original-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Greener Acres, Better Food </div> </div> </div> <p>In Boulder County, Colorado, an acre of farmland can easily sell for $100,000—and that’s without the unicorn-rare water rights in this desert environment. That could make farming here a pricey or even prohibitive prospect. But since the 1990s, the county has been purchasing and preserving open space, accumulating some 100,000 acres. A chunk of that land—25,000 acres—is now devoted to promoting local agriculture. Boulder County Parks and Open Space (BCPOS) leases the land to farmers for the rock-bottom price of $100 an acre per year.</p> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Allyson Reedy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An open space preservation effort in Boulder County, Colorado, has helped novice farmers farm affordably. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-large"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_large" width="630" height="230" alt="" src="http://bed56888308e93972c04-0dfc23b7b97881dee012a129d9518bae.r34.cf1.rackcdn.com/sites/default/files/MCL_farm_101881733_Gil_Gullickson.jpg?1368476391" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-publication"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> May/June 2013 </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-related1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-relatedtitle1"> <div class="field-label">Related Content Title 1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Related Links: </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-relatedlinks1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/food_news_origins/organic_natural/organic_farming_success_story_growing_organic_strawberries_in_california">Organic Farming Success Story: Growing Organic Strawberries in California</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/food_news_origins/food_news/can_the_farm_bill_help_small_farms">Can the Farm Bill Help Small Farms?</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/food_news_origins/organic_natural/a_natural_alternative_to_farming_without_antibiotics">A Natural Alternative to Farming Without Antibiotics</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/food_news_origins/green_sustainable/truck_farm_unusual_urban_garden_project">Truck Farm: Unusual Urban Garden Project</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.eatingwell.com/food_news_origins/green_sustainable/conservation_of_open_space_in_boulder_colorado_makes_farming_affordable#comments Allyson Reedy May/June 2013 Food News & Origins - Green & Sustainable Mon, 13 May 2013 19:51:06 +0000 Nifer 277195 at http://www.eatingwell.com