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ORAL HISTORIES of NAPA COUNTY'S AGRICULTURAL PRESERVE First Ag Preserve in the United States

ORAL HISTORIES of NAPA COUNTY'S AGRICULTURAL PRESERVE, by RUE ZIEGLER. Published by the Jack L. Davies Napa Valley Agricultural Land Preservation Fund, 2011. Presumed first, and only, edition. Softcovers, 7.5x10 inches, 340 pages. GOOD condition, the spine is creased, the book has been over opened at a couple places but holding, overall a nice, presentable copy. About the Book and Author (excerpted from the May 17, 2012 St. Helena Star): ******The St. Helena Library's monthly Thursday night author series last week featured Rue Ziegler and local vintner and land use activist Volker Eisele discussing Ziegler's recently published collection of extensive interviews, ORAL HISTORIES OF NAPA COUNTY'S AGRICULTURAL PRESERVE. The Jack L. Davies Napa Valley Agricultural Land Preservation Fund, of which Eisele is president, asked cultural anthropologist Ziegler to record these important first person stories to mark the 40th anniversary of the 2008 adoption in Napa County of the nation's first ever Agricultural Preserve. This historic Ag Preserve deserves both study and celebration, Zeigler said, noting that during the decades when most other Bay Area counties experienced explosive urban growth, paving over farmland, the Ag Preserve successfully safeguarded Napa Valley's historic agrarian identity, allowing farming, especially grape growing, to thrive. Eisele, who provides one of a dozen moving personal narratives included in the book, spoke about the political struggles leading up to the groundbreaking 1968 ordinance, and stressed the need for the community's constant vigilance in resisting current and future development pressures on valuable agricultural land.******

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