The Coloradoan recently covered the explosion of new housing development in Northern Colorado on lands formerly used for farming. This article tells the story of the development pressures that will make farmland increasingly hard to find and afford for farmers and ranchers wanting to be a part of our local food economy. From the story:
Ronald Ruff (former rancher) has watched farms in southeast Fort Collins switch from growing hay and corn to a new, more lucrative crop.
Let’s Help Create More Farmers – New York Times Op-Ed Recognizes the Need to Make Land More Accessible
Read more of the New York Times Op-Ed that outlines some of the issues that community-owned farmland could help to resolve.
From the Op-Ed:
We need to put more young people on smaller farms, the kinds that will grow nourishing food for people instead of food that sickens us or yields products intended for animals or cars.