Locavores and urbanists love their farmer's markets and public transportation, but making life in the city healthier and more comfortable will require help from country bumpkins around the Bay Area.
The easement includes a $2.3 million investment in the farm, which should help it remain viable as a family operation that competes against heavily subsidized industrial agribusiness giants like ConAgra and Archer-Daniels Midland.
For their part, the Smiths will make a trail publicly accessible. The farm already hosts tours and events, such as its annual "Pumpkins on Pikes" Halloween festival.
The easement is the latest addition to the 80,000 acres preserved by the Sonoma County Agricultural and Open Space District.