Valley’s future may lie in its past |

Valley’s future may lie in its past

On Thursday, Jacobs Berry Farm owner Jack Jacobs took some time out from berry picking to seek an endorsement of the framework for agrihoods from Douglas County commissioners.

Jacobs said the farm is selling 20 flats of berries a day.

Commissioner John Engles, while unwilling to endorse the framework, was enthusiastic about the quality of Jacobs’ blackberries.

Agrihoods are communities that combine homes with food production, allowing residents to generate and sell their own produce.

He said that several crops have high value from his own example of berries to lavender or even apples and peaches.

Engles asked why, if growing crops can be profitable, local ranchers continue to focus on hay and cattle.

Jacobs pointed out that at the turn of the 20th Century there were no supermarkets in Carson Valley. Residents had to survive on what they could grow on their own.

The agrihoods discussion is part of the larger update of the Douglas County Master Plan, which is scheduled to be finished by Christmas.

It combines two of the elements that have been reported to require the most work, agriculture and conservation.

On Tuesday, the county launched a survey intended to capture public input on the goals and objectives contained in the plan’s text. The survey will be open through the month of September, closing 5 p.m. Sept. 30 A link to the survey can be found at

“We want to know where residents, businesses and stakeholders see this community in 20 years,” said Tom Dallaire, Director of Community Development. “Public input on the Master Plan is crucial to shaping the future, it is important as many residents as possible are involved in the update to the Plan.”

Next week, the county is conducting public workshops next week at the Douglas County Community & Senior Center .

Reservations are required to attend the 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and the noon to 2 p.m. Friday presentations. To make reservations, call 775-782-6210 or email

Open houses are 1-4:30 p.m. Wednesday and 8:30-11:30 a.m. Friday and do not require reservations, though all the sessions are limited to 50 people.

Attendees will be able to ask questions and voice their opinions about what they would like to see for the future of Douglas County.

Public comment regarding the 2020 Master Plan Text Update may also be submitted in writing for consideration. Douglas County is seeking comments on the 2020 Master Plan Text Update now. Submit comments and/or questions to Director of Community Development Tom Dallaire or Planning Manager Sam Booth at 775-782-6210 or via email at