TVFC focused attention on Farmland Preservation in 2016 and 2017. Responding to concerns expressed by groups as diverse as the Metro Boise Chamber of Commmerce and the Ada Soil and Water Conservation District, we undertook an educational agenda to inform the community about farm preservation:what is it, how it works, how it affects communities, what it means to farmers.
We brought in national experts (Mike McGrath from Delaware, Tom Daniels from Pennsylvania), regional farm preservation organization directors (from Seattle, Salmon, and Boston), and local farmers and land use planners and policy makers (Boise, Nampa, Caldwell). By specifically reaching out to state and local government officials, we hope to give concrete support to other efforts to save TV farmland from rapidly escalating development. We were successful in providing expert information to decision-makers and the public. Now we hope to see local planners and elected officials act on that information, and we are posed to act in concert with other efforts.
Our goal for 2018 is to explore a second aspect of farmland preservation: soil health. Farms in production are only as valuable as the quality of their soil. And throughout history, from the first civilizations built on agriculture, the rise and fall of civilizations is the story of soil health and depletion.
Our 2018 public events will explore the hidden life of soil: what is it? How is it formed? What is required to keep it alive and healthy? How is it destroyed? Worms, microbes, mushroom, carbon…all will be critical components of these conversation. Check out our event pages for the calendar of these events.