Santa Barbara Ag Futures Alliance
The Santa Barbara County Ag Futures Alliance is dedicated “to promoting the long-term viability of agriculture in Santa Barbara County while addressing environmental and social concerns through an alliance that values dialogue and collaboration.”
The Alliance was formed in 2007 when leaders from the Santa Barbara County Farm Bureau and the Environmental Defense Center, invited a small group of growers, environmentalists, and community activists to find common ground for a better future for agriculture and the environment. Since their launch, the Alliance has focused on building trust and understanding across the historic divide between agriculture and environmental community. The group’s Constitution, adopted by consensus in September 2008, represents the culmination of the intense effort to rise above past differences and find common principles to support win-win solutions for farmers/ranchers and environment.
Since the completion of their Constitution the group has been focused on land-use issues facing the County, Williamson Act funding, and increasing the stock of housing for seasonal farmworkers.
Agricultural Buffer Zone Ordinance Approved in Santa Barbara County
Apr. 2013. The Santa Barbara County Agricultural Buffer Ordinance, initially drafted by SBAFA, was unanimously adopted by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors.Read More »