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Brown Bag Series, January 26, 2012. Partners: University of Idaho Boise State University COMPASS Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture Treasure Valley Food Coalition Idaho Smart Growth. Presenters: Erinn Cruz, University of Idaho Helen Ubic, BSU/ U Space

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Brown Bag Series, January 26, 2012


  • Partners:

    • University of Idaho

    • Boise State University

    • COMPASS

    • Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture

    • Treasure Valley Food Coalition

    • Idaho Smart Growth


  • Presenters:

    • Erinn Cruz, University of Idaho

    • Helen Ubic, BSU/ U Space

    • Diane Kushlan, AICP, ULI Idaho

  • Panel:

    • Janie Bern, Meadowlark Farms

    • Diane Norton, Idaho Department of Commerce

    • Leah Clark, Idaho Department of Agriculture

    • Rachel Winer, Idaho Smart Growth

    • John Starr, Colliers International

  • Moderator:

    • Robert Taunton, ULI past Chair


  • Background on the Research

    • In May ULI Idaho received a $25,000 grant from the ULI Foundation.

    • Grant was to research the relationship between sustainable agriculture and land use

    • Build upon earlier research

    • Focus on Canyon and Ada County


    What we learned

    9

    big ideas for the future


    1

    Idea

    Agriculture is an important and valid land use.

    • Good Agriculture land is a finite resource

    • How has this change of attitude to land-use happened?

    • Good News


    2

    Idea

    • Sustainable local food is a key to sustainable cities.

    • Large scale Agriculture is crucial to the Treasure Valley

    • What’s wrong with this picture? It’s working now!

    • What Could Farmers do?

    • Health


    3

    Idea

    • Agriculture must be economically viable to be sustainable.


    • Per Capita Spent on Food = $16.28

    • Estimated Annual Attendance = 528,581

    • Annual Expenditures on Food at Farmers’ Markets =

    • $4,302,654.02

    • Avg. Person Spends $3,495.25 on Food per Year

    • Annual Food Expenditures in Treasure Valley: $2,031,746,882

    • Farmers’ Market Local Share = 0.2%


    Local Share for Grocery Stores

    Annual Expenditures on Local Food

    Divided by Total Spending of $2,031,746,882

    = grocery store local share of 1.8%


    4

    Idea

    • Using prime farmland for subdivisions has grave unintended consequences.


    5

    Idea

    Idea

    • Most good building land is also primeagricultural land in the valley.

    • Conflict of land use.

    • Land- use planning and Farmers


    Resource uses need to be balanced to sustain agriculture and communities

    6

    Idea

    • No shortage of Agricultural land yet.

      • 465,000 acres n 2011

      • 196,000 acres Irrigated, 2011

    • This farmland resource could disappear in next 40 years.

    • We know how to preserve land.


    7

    Idea

    • Imagine a different future.


    8

    Idea

    • Agriculture has many faces


    9

    Idea

    • Planning for a sustainable future requires good data.


    Indicator: a measurement

    Benchmark : a starting point

    Target: an quantifiable outcome the measure progress


    Next

    Steps...


    ?

    Questions


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