Citing Increasing Costs, Feeding Crane Farms to Cease Operations

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Feeding Crane Farms back in May. (File photo)

SACRAMENTO—

Feeding Crane Farms, a key player in Sacramento’s Farm-to-Fork movement, has announced they will be ceasing operations.

In a post to their Facebook page Wednesday, Feeding Crane Farms cited increasing costs and financial liabilities as the reason for their closing.

“When we set out to start the farm we realized starting a small business was a risky undertaking, and starting a farming business was even riskier,” they wrote. “Since the difficulties we encountered over the summer we’ve done everything we could to ensure the farm’s success but at the end of the day it was a matter of simple economics; there was no way the farm could be a profitable business.”

The farm was the only organic farm within Sacramento city limits.

Charlotte Mitchell, Executive Director of the Sacramento County Farm Bureau, noted that the business of agriculture continues to be under a number of different pressures.

“It is always disheartening when farms of any size have to close their operations. We are in the business of feeding people and any farm that is no longer producing takes away from that overall goal. The business of agriculture is difficult due to the regulatory environment, pressures for other land uses and price variability. It is important that we continue to work to keep farms in production, in order to maintain our own domestic food supply and continue to feed the world,” Mitchell wrote in a statement.

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