Listening Session to Hear Ideas on How to Connect the Community With Local Agriculture
OSMP leases about 15,000 acres of city open space to 28 farmers and ranchers
The City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department and the Boulder Open Space Conservancy, an independent nonprofit, invite community members to share their ideas for an agricultural initiative aimed at connecting community members with local agriculture on Thursday, June 7. This public listening session will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC), 4001 Discovery Drive. Community members interested in participating can register at: bit.ly/aglistening
Today, OSMP leases about 15,000 acres of city open space to 28 farmers and ranchers to fulfill its city charter responsibilities of preserving agriculture and land suitable for agricultural production. Recently, OSMP released an Agricultural Resources Management Plan (Ag Plan) to ensure the long-term sustainability of agricultural operations, to take a conservation approach that supports the ecological health of OSMP lands and to foster key connections between the community and its agricultural lands. In support of the Ag Plan, this proposed agricultural initiative would:
- Help connect community members with area farmers and ranchers and local food.
- Provide value-added assistance in helping OSMP preserve and enhance local agriculture.
- Assist the next generation of farmers and ranchers and provide support for local food production techniques.
OSMP has been exploring this idea with the Boulder Open Space Conservancy (BOSC). Recently the organizations have conducted listening sessions with local farmers and ranchers, community members interested in local food, and agricultural education organizations to understand how this proposed agricultural initiative – which could take the form of a center, cooperative or institute – would fulfill Ag Plan goals. With the upcoming listening session on June 7, OSMP and BOSC will collect input from the broader community.
Published: May 24, 2018
Phillip Yates, Open Space and Mountain Parks, 720-564-2051
Diane Murphy, Boulder Open Space Conservancy, 917-683-8180
Tanya Burden, Media Relations, 303-441-4247
For more information about OSMP’s agricultural efforts, please visit OSMP.org or call the department at 303-441-3440.