On Good Land: How One Small Farmer Survived the Onslaught of California Sprawl

Living on Earth

According to the American Farmland Trust, about forty-six acres of farmland are lost every hour to non-agricultural uses, such as building new homes and businesses. And small farms are particularly vulnerable. But, farmer Michael Ableman has resisted the pressure of urban sprawl in one of the country’s most expensive real estate markets. For 17 years, Ableman has managed Fairview Gardens, a 12 acre organic farm in Goleta, California, a suburb of Santa Barbara. He’s written a book about his experience titled, “On Good Land: The Autobiography of an Urban Farm”. Michael Ableman joins Laura Knoy from Santa Barbara.

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