In response to challenges to Suisun Valley’s agricultural industry, the County of Solano (the County) with financial support of the Suisun Valley Fund (the Fund), a joint venture of the City of Fairfield and Solano Irrigation District (SID), hired American Farmland Trust (AFT) to help the farm community articulate a vision of agriculture and identify ways to achieve that vision. Toward that end, AFT facilitated a nine-month long, farmer-driven public input process, including individual meetings and two listening sessions; researched and wrote 10 case studies based on successful models from around the country; and developed a strategic outline for implementing recommendations on how to sustain and enhance agriculture in the Suisun Valley. This work will contribute to the University of California, Davis (UCD), project, Solano County Agricultural Futures: An Economic Focus, which is assessing the future of agriculture for the entire county. It is hoped that both the AFT and UCD reports will become integral to the development of a General Plan Update for Solano County now in progress.
Agricultural Vision and Economic Innovation for Suisun Valley
American Farmland Trust
Northampton, MA: American Farmland Trust
March 01, 2007
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