Food security in wine regions should be a top priority. This article suggest it is the homeowners that are pushing out young farmers but here in Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Mendocino counties it is the wine and the new emerging cannabis industry. Tourism also has huge impacts on local business and vacation rentals drive up prices for locals vs. investors.
No more vineyards until food security is addressed. In Sonoma County, GoLocal did a study and found 96% of food is imported. Don’t call us an agriculture county, we grow alcohol.
New Farmers Big Challenge: finding land
by Jonathan Kauffman
Gillyflower Farm in Capay (Yolo County) is so new that owner Laura Reynolds has no tractors, employees or spare cash. By late fall, she has only planted one-third of her 1-acre plot. On harvest day for her weekly customer deliveries, which focus on greens and salad-friendly vegetables, she cools the produce in a generator-powered freezer that she unplugs before ice crystals form.