Vast orchards of aged, stately walnut groves used to stand where todays 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 valleys unmatched and substantial agricultural impact on the world. We are losing that unique stature.
Joni Mitchell once sang, Dont it always seem to go, you dont know what youve got till its 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