Summer in Missoula is a time of plenty. Whether you tend your own small plot, share a space at a community garden, pick up a weekly veggie share, or hit one of the markets teeming with produce grown by our local farmers, there are so many options to enjoy the bounty of this place.
We all value our agricultural heritage and the benefits that go along with conserving farmland – from protecting our rivers and streams to providing open space and wildlife habitat. And I love watching my daughter learn about where her food comes from while exploring rows of broccoli and trying to sneak up on unsuspecting chickens.
But it’s easy to take our local growing places for granted. In fact, the farmland we depend on is at risk. Over the past 25 years, working agricultural land in Missoula County has been converted to other uses at a staggering rate of three football fields per day.
Fortunately, our elected leaders are considering ways to keep ag in our culture. Please join me in urging the Missoula County Commission to implement a comprehensive approach to conserving important farm and ranchlands. Working together, we can ensure that future generations have the choice to keep hard-earned dollars in the local economy by investing in our farms and ranches.
Barbara Hall, Missoula