Pitkin County Priorities
Aspiring farmers face numerous challenges, from high land prices to the cost of investing in equipment. Thanks to Pitkin County Open Space and Trails programs, steps are being taken to lessen those obstacles: This year, a modified lease bid policy will prioritize new and beginning farmers and ranchers, especially those who are adopting organic and/or sustainable production methods. Funds will also be contributed to purchase tools and machinery for a lending library, which will be overseen by Aspen TREE (see our Local Heroes profile, page 21). For more information, visit PitkinCounty.com.