Incubator Farm Revisions Offered to Mollify Neighbors

Apr 20, 2016

The Ag and Open Space District's Young-Armos property, seen looking northward. The southern boundary, at the bottom of this image, runs along Rohnert Park's Snyder Lane.
Credit Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District

  A proposed hands-on "incubator farm” for young would-be farmers next to Rohnert Park has generated protests from nearby residents. So the project is being revised to ease their concerns.

The 45-acre Young-Armos property was purchased by the county’s Ag and Open Space District for $370,000 in 1997. Rohnert Park Mayor Gina Belforte is sympathetic to the Rohnert Park residents who would strongly prefer that nothing be changed on it.

A ground-level view of the property as it has been for several years.
Credit Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District

  Although a majority of the Rohnert Park City Council has rallied to support the residents who dislike the incubator farm proposal , Bill Keene, Executive Director of the Open Space District, observes that opposition to the farm appears to be concentrated exclusively among those who live close to the site.

The Sonoma Coumnty Ag and Open Space District and the U.C. Cooperative Extension office have prepared an extensive online FAQ page with information about the Incubator Farm project.