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Trust Launches $25 million Plan To Protect Bay Area Farms

  

(AP) - A Palo Alto-based nonprofit organization intends to spend $25 million over the next 10 years to increase protected farmland in San Mateo County.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that the Peninsula Open Space Trust on Thursday plans to announce its campaign to reverse sprawl in Pacifica.

The Bay Area's nine counties have lost nearly 200,000 acres of cropland, orchards and vineyards since 1984. According to the California Department of Conservation, San Mateo County has seen a 35 percent drop in such farmland over the same period.

Land trust President Walter Moore says the group plans to purchase land and resell it to farmers while retaining the development rights. POST also plans to buy development rights from farmers looking to sell.