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Urban Farming is piloting a Farmlink program that aims to link available land in Salt Lake County with interested growers. Some land may be owned by public entities such as Salt Lake County or a municipality, while some may be privately owned. Private landowners are motivated to lease land for commercial farming because the Utah Legislature has provided an opportunity for property tax reduction, given certain circumstances. Interested farmers should fill out this application and send it to Aaron Barlow or by mail at:
Attn: Aaron Barlow
If you or someone you know is interested in finding land to farm, or if you have any questions, contact Aaron Barlow by email, or by phone at 385-468-1824.
ABOUT URBAN FARMING
The vision of Salt Lake County’s Urban Farming is to create and promote a sustainable food system in the region by increasing the amount of nutritious, healthy food that is produced locally. Our Urban Farming initiatives provide resources and technical assistance to local producers as well as programs to increase local food production, food access to disadvantaged populations, and opportunities for our residents’ to understand where their food comes from.
With our vital agricultural lands vanishing at an alarming rate, SLCO Urban Farming integrates ecological, biological, economic, and social concerns by providing opportunities for our community to successfully create solutions for sustainable food production in an urban landscape. Our programs are models for alternative urban land use, connecting people to their food, their environment, and each other.
Our purpose is to:
Preserve agricultural land to meet the nutritional needs of present and future generations and support local farmers
Protect our local food supply
Better utilize County lands
Promote the use of biofuel production on non-traditional agronomic lands
Provide agricultural-based economic development opportunities
Preserve vistas and landscapes
Promote a healthy lifestyle and improved nutrition along the Wasatch Front
- The Risk of Avian Influenza to Backyard Chickens - What Every Chicken Owner Should Know
- 2013 Urban Farming Annual Report
- 2013 Urban Farming Implementation HandbookAddendum 1: Commercial Farming RFP Example
Addendum 2: Wasatch Community Gardens Contract Example
Addendum 3: Community Garden Application Example
- USU Extension
URBAN FARMING ASSESSMENT ACT
If agricultural property were taxed at market value, farming would be economically prohibitive for most producers because property taxes would increase several fold. Voters approved this constitutional amendment to encourage retention of land in agriculture and to protect productive farm lands.
To qualify for Urban Farming you need:
- 2-4.99 acres (excluding any land used for homesite or in conjunction with the homesite)
- Must be planted in irrigated food crops (produce or orchard)
- Must be in agricultural use for at least two (2) successive years immediately preceding the tax year in which application is made
- Land must produce greater than 50% of the average agricultural production per acre for the given type of land and given county or area
- Managed with a reasonable expectation of profit from the sale of the food produced
- Must complete an application and provide proof of production and proof of the sale of the food for two (2) years prior to the year you are making application
Land no longer qualifies for Urban Farming:
- An owner voluntarily requests that the land be withdrawn
- The land is no longer devoted to urban farming
- The land has a change in ownership and the new owner fails to apply for assessment under the Urban Farm Act
- The legal description changes
- Land that is withdrawn from this part is subject to a rollback tax up to five (5) years
- An owner shall notify the county assessor within 120 days of a change causing the land to no longer qualify
- The county assessor shall determine the amount of the rollback tax by computing the difference between market tax and what was paid while assessed under the Urban Farming Act for up to 10 years
Is there an element of the Urban Farming Assessment Act that keeps you (a landowner with between 2-4.99 acres) from applying? Do you have other questions about the act?
PROGRAM HISTORY - MEET THE FARMERS
Commercial Farming on underutilized County Lands.
In 2010, Salt Lake County leased land to local farmers. This land will someday be used for parks, but at the time was literally growing weeds. Under the Urban Farming program, the land is being put to a better use, until revenues improve and the parcels can be developed.
To buy the produce, contact:
Email Bell Organic to participate in their CSA.
Go to the Downtown Farmers Market to purchase Cottage Greens produce, grown by Diane and Jerry Jones.
Stop by Cottage Greens leased property on Thursdays from 8 to 3 to purchase fresh from the garden. The address is 13800 South 323 East in Draper.
Wheadon Farm in Draper as the site of farming for Bell Organic Gardens.
Contact Julie Peck-Dabling 385-468-1811, or email