Boulder County is committed to the production of locally grown food for local markets. Approximately 25,000 acres of open space is leased to 65 tenants as productive agricultural properties.
Crop production increases with the implementation of water efficient irrigation systems. The installation of 25 center pivot irrigation systems increased productivity between 30% and 50%, while reducing the amount of irrigation water used by 30%.
In 2015, Harvest Bucks participants were surveyed to better understand how fresh vegetables and fruit consumption and purchasing patterns may have changed as a result of the Harvest Bucks Program. Results showed that more than 85% of participants reported increasing their consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables and 83% of participants said they would not have come to the farmers’ markets without the incentives.