In 2011 the Cropland Policy was approved. The policy set a goal to have at least 20% of open space agriculture cropland to be certified organic or in transition by 2020.
"Boulder County shall prioritize opportunities for organic operations on POS land and continue expansion of certified organic agriculture on Open Space land with the goal of maintaining a growth rate in acres leased for organic agriculture that meets or exceeds the national growth rate of organic acres in each year, with the goal of reaching or exceeding 20% of cropland certified organic or in transition by 2020, if market forces allow. Boulder County will work with producers, the natural foods industry, and other stakeholders to explore and expand market opportunities."Cropland Policy
Increase of 885% in 8 years
And lots more!
|2014 Organic Program Investments|
|Infrastructure Improvements||$ 98,200|
|Rent Reduction||$ 14,800|
|Weed Control Crew||$ 19,500|
Organic Program Investments
Boulder County provides various incentives to help farmers transition to organic.
When a property is available for lease, preference is given to those who submit a realistic organic management plan.
Rent is reduced by 50% for the first 5 years.
Boulder County helps pay the certification cost.
We share the cost for an organic crop/marketing consultant.
Irrigation, fencing, buildings, etc.
We provide a team to help remove weeds along ditches, fence lines, etc.