Each year, California loses about 50,000 acres of farmland to development. Charlotte Mitchell, executive director of the California Farmland Trust, estimates more than 1 million acres have been lost since 1990, most of it prime soils that produce food and fiber for the U.S. and the world. The nonprofit trust has worked since 2004 to save farmland, preserving 75 family-owned farms so far. Mitchell is the former Sacramento County Farm Bureau executive director and before that worked for the California Farm Bureau. She lives in Elk Grove on a diversified farm with her husband, Ken, and their sons, Austin and J.C., sixth-generation farmers. To read more from this article shared from California Bountiful and written by Judy Farah, click here.
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