Designing an Agricultural Park

Agricultural Production Valuations Map
The dollar value of agricultural production is shown in this map of the Coyote Valley, south of San Jose, California.
Client:   Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAGE)

Agricultural parks are a new concept linking metropolitan planning and public health. SAGE was charged with developing a feasibility analysis for continued agriculture in a hotly-contested 7,400 acre valley near San Jose.

GIS analysis and mapping was used to investigate existing regulatory, physical conditions and current land uses in all regions of the Coyote Valley. Ultimately, the plan recommended the creation of the Coyote Valley Agricultural Enterprise and Conservation program (COVAEC). This program would develop multi-faceted systems to coordinate investments that optimize economic, environmental, and social returns while sustaining and enhancing agricultural and conservation activities in the Coyote Valley.

GreenInfo produced a series of tabloid and page sized maps for reports and for use in meetings. The maps were developed to show a common cartographic approach to each scale being used, and present often very detailed information. 

Results: In 2013, the project was awarded a $250,000 to begin implementation of elements of the plan.

Focus:   Conservation, Environment  

Services:  GIS Services, Data, Maps 

Tags:   agriculture, Esri ArcGIS, food, SAGE, San Francisco Bay Area  

Project Years: 2011-2012

GreenInfo Network creates, analyzes, visualizes and communicates information in the public interest. We specialize in mapping and related technology for nonprofits and public agencies, focusing on using it for conservation, social equity, public health, environment and foundation grant making.
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