Agricultural land policy evaluation in western Colorado

Date: 1/21/20 - 5/15/20
Ella Sanders, Agricultural Land Policy in Western Colorado

Growing the Regional Food System through Land Use Policies in Garfield, Pitkin, and Eagle Counties
Student Researcher:
 Ella Sanders

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This project is a policy evaluation of land use and open space policies in Garfield, Eagle, and Pitkin Counties, with the intent to identify ways in which land, water, and markets can be made more accessible to first generation farmers. Land use codes, comprehensive plans, open space policies, and nonprofit programs were evaluated for each county. From here, policy recommendations are provided to help the Safe and Abundant Nutrition Alliance (SANA) advocate for policies that encourage first generation farming and grow the regional food system.