Zweck family moves to preserve agriculture

Boulder County agriculture division helps keep urban sprawl at bay
By Colleen O’Connor
The Denver Post

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Tom Zweck ready to plant tomatoes

LONGMONT — Four generations of the Zweck family have farmed on the west edge of town, but when the fifth opted out, the 230-acre operation seemed doomed to development.

“The city limits are right on our fence,” said John Zweck, whose great-grandfather George Zweck purchased the property in 1863 from a Civil War veteran.

Instead of selling their riverfront property to developers, the Zwecks offered their land to Boulder County’s Open Space Agricultural Resources Division.

This is great news.

The Zwecks have been a part of Longmont since 1863 and have fought back developers and tolerated abuse from the local airport yet they decided to do something that would help keep a part of Boulder County un-paved for future generations to enjoy and, heaven forfend, grow food on.

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