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SAVE OUR FARMS

Tragically, the loss of farmlands is an ever present and dire threat. Between 2012 and 2017, the number of farms statewide fell 5%, but in Maricopa County the decline was much higher at 24%. And in the past year alone, we have lost over 200 acres of prime farmland from small growers. As the fifth largest City in the country, Phoenix continues to experience unprecedented population growth and intense development pressure.  As such, the risk of losing Phoenix farms will undeniably increase.  

Fortunately, there are efforts to combat the loss of prime farms; which not only support our economy, maintain our local food supply and life-giving healthy soils, but that also provide open space, support critical wildlife habitat as well as migratory corridors. In June, the Phoenix City Council approved a budget; setting aside some monies for conservation efforts for the Farmland Preservation Program. (within its Phoenix Resilient Food System program). The funds for this program are from the federal American Rescue Plan Act, Coronavirus State and Local Recovery Fund. On September 8th the City Council approved Central Arizona Land Trust as the subrecipient to place conservation easements (to purchase the development rights) on Phoenix farms (with willing landowners and to be the qualified organization to hold the development rights in perpetuity per A.R.S. §33-271, et seq.).

However, more funds are needed and community partners will be essential in conserving at risk prime farms in Phoenix. Currently, the following partners are dedicated to this cause:  (1) Central AZ Land Trust; (2) Sun Produce Coop.; (3) Local First AZ (and the Coalition for Farmland Preservation); (4) Pinnacle Prevention; (5) Central AZ Conservation Alliance; (6) Tiger Mountain Foundation; (7) Maricopa County Food System Coalition; and (8) SW Decision Resources.

If you own a farm in the City of Phoenix and you are eligible (per the application below) to be a part of the Farmland Preservation Program, please fill out and sign the application and email it to Sharma Torrens at agconserveconsulting@gmail.com.  Should you have any questions call Sharma at 602-540-5331.



Application LinkFarmLand Preservation Program Website

WE INVITE YOU TO BECOME A PART OF THE SOLUTION IN CONSERVING OUR IRREPLACEABLE PRIME FARMS THAT ARE VITAL TO US AND  TO FUTURE GENERATIONS.