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Organic farming finds its niche: Boulder County remains proving ground for healthy, pesticide-free production

via Daily Camera
Posted September 18, 2022 9:38 pm by Paul Bonneville
Boulder County definitely has a strong local food system, and I don't think it is a stretch to say that county-based agricultural efforts have definitely helped things out. I have not seen the acreage numbers for farmland in the county, so this is one of the things that caught my eye. Some of our local farms are evening growing heritage grains as part of their crop rotations, like Aspen Moon Farm who is also mentioned in the article.

Alexander said the county leases 16,000 acres of irrigated farmland. The majority of that goes to conventional farmland and one large-scale operator, Dave Asbury of Asbury Farms, who ships much of his produce to Whole Foods stores. But a decent chunk of that irrigated farmland does go to the small-market organic farms now scattered across the county. The county’s goal is to lease 20% of its farmland to organic producers: Meeting that goal would mean leasing 3,200 organic acres. The county remains 1,260 acres short, according to information dated 2014 on its website.

Some of our local farms are evening growing heritage grains as part of their crop rotations, like Aspen Moon Farm who is also mentioned in the article. They've grown durum for Pastificio for at least a couple of seasons if I'm not mistaken.
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