Maggie Lee Costa: Save the trees in Wood Colony

January 11, 2014 

Vast orchards of aged, stately walnut groves used to stand where today’s Vintage Faire Mall sits. Community groups lobbied passionately against the development, but the prime trees were ripped out in the name of economic expansion. Once again we are faced with the urgent appeals of lifelong farmers and community members to halt the destruction of vital, productive farmland to make way for more building.

When I started my career 30 years ago, I proudly taught my pupils about our valley’s unmatched and substantial agricultural impact on the world. We are losing that unique stature.

Joni Mitchell once sang, “Don’t it always seem to go, you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. You pave paradise and put up a parking lot.”

The orchards and fields cannot return, and parking lots bury the fertile soil. I stand with the Wood Colony community against further destruction of prime farmland.

MAGGIE LEE COSTA

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