Dream Acres

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Relevant to Western Washington State agricultural production, this project examines the impact of land use policy and related programs on the urban-rural divide in Pierce and King Counties. The urban-rural divide is a conceptual framework for understanding the social, economic, and political disparities between urban and rural life and how these disparities affect interactions within and across urban and rural communities. The policies and programs that are used to examine this conceptual framework are Agricultural Land Trusts, Agricultural Conservation Easements, Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easements, Transfer of Development Rights, and Zoning. Farmers, planners, and policy-makers are interviewed to understand how the urban-rural divide impacts agriculture as a land use in the region. The results of this research can be applied to future policy-making and planning and used to promote planning practices that are more inclusive and representative of farmer needs.