Coyote Valley Case Study: Urban Edge Agriculture Helps Contain and Sustain Cities

A Regional Urban Design Event

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Noon to 1pm
Free and open to all. Please RSVP to for room setup.


Sibella Kraus, Executive Director of Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAGE), will present the Conserving Coyote Valley Agriculture Feasibility Study – a “best practice” for conserving agricultural lands at the region’s urban edge – and the follow-up project, Revitalizing Specialty Crop Agriculture in the Coyote Valley.  The Study assesses existing conditions and outlines an action plan – what, how, who, when – for creating in the Valley a permanent agricultural and conservation resource area of regional significance.  The Specialty Crop project, now underway, is helping implement some of the programmatic elements of the action plan. The Coyote Valley is an area of 7,400 acres – mostly prime farmland – that comprises the non-urban buffer between San Jose and Morgan Hill. Slated for development until recently, there is now an opportunity to redevelop ecological agriculture as a long-term sustainable land use.  For more information please go to Coyote Valley: Sustaining Agriculture and Conservation and Discover Coyote Valley.

About the Presenter

Sibella Kraus - SAGE web

Sibella Kraus has long called upon cities to embrace the farms at their borders and in their regions. It was Kraus’ vision as founder of the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA) that gave rise to San Francisco’s iconic Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market in 1992. Her agricultural articles and inspiring advocacy have been a driving force in the Bay Area food movement for decades. Today, as president of the non-profit organization SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Education), Kraus continues to foster  urban-rural linkages through the development of urban-edge Ag Parks, the regeneration of  agricultural resource areas and the production of assessments for regional food system planning efforts.  She is determined to preserve the invaluable connections between farmer and consumer, urban hub and open space.

Sibella has received frequent recognition for her work from agricultural, food, planning and public market organizations.  Most recently, Sibella received the national Growing Green Regional Food Leader Award from NRCD and the Berkeley Food Institute.

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