Davis County farming family hopes to save acreage

Mar 22, 2018, 6:22 PM | Updated: Mar 23, 2018, 2:10 am


FARMINGTON — A Davis County family, which has been farming since the early 1900’s, is trying to hold on to some valuable property that could be taken away due to development.

The 23-acre parcel is located at 650 W. 500 S. in Farmington and is owned Chas. Bangerter and Sons. The family currently has about 90 acres that are planted every year.

“We grow sweet corn, we grow beans, eggplant, peppers, radishes, beets, you name it — we grow it,” company president Alan Bangerter said Thursday.

The produce is sold to area grocery stores and distributors, including Associated Foods, Kroger and Walmart. The family also sells direct to the public at produce stands set up on its Bountiful property.

“The problem is vegetable farming ground is getting scarce and getting scarcer all the time,” Bangerter said.

In fact, the family has lost a couple of parcels due to the planned route of the West Davis Corridor, and now might lose part of the 23-acre parcel as well. The City of Farmington may use it to develop some additional soccer fields.

Throughout Farmington and other parts of Davis County, new development is everywhere. A new high school is underway, more houses and streets are being built. Farmland and horse property are being encroached upon more and more every year.

The future of the Bangerter property in Farmington is still up in the air, but in January, the family filed a petition with the city in an attempt to hold on to the land.

“It’s called an Agriculture Protection Area Petition,” Bangerter said.

Under Utah law, if the petition is ultimately approved, it would protect the land from development for 20 years.

The Farmington city attorney says the petition has to go through a process of review by several governmental agencies before finally going before the Farmington City Council. That process could take several months.

The Bangerters also started a social media campaign on Facebook Tuesday night, urging supporters and customers to contact the mayor and councilmembers to express support for the farmland. The page is getting quite a bit of buzz so far.

Alan Bangerter says he’s gotten calls for years from realtors wondering if he’s ready to sell any of his land. Not a chance, he says. The family just wants to save its livelihood and tradition. The company hires about 150 people each year, most of them teenagers looking for summer work. The company pays out about $400,000 each year in salaries.

“Farmers can do whatever they want with land. If they have property and want to sell it, for whatever they can get out of it, that’s fine. I don’t want to sell mine. I don’t want it taken. I want to farm it,” Bangerter said. “You can’t recover it. It’s a way of life that will be gone.”

A public hearing on the Agriculture Protection Area Petition is scheduled for May 1, at Farmington City Hall.


KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

Identity theft is a multi-billion dollar crime every year in the United States - it's never been mo...

Matt Gephardt and Sloan Schrage

Get Gephardt: Utah man share ID Theft warning signs he says he missed

Identity theft is a multi-billion dollar crime every year in the United States - it's never been more rampant.

1 day ago

FILE — Handcuffs in a jail cell. FILE PHOTO (Ravell Call/Deseret News)...

Michael Houck

4 men arrested for pointing rifle barrel out car window on SR-189, police say

Four men were arrested for allegedly pointing the barrel of an AR-15 at cars while driving under the influence Sunday.

1 day ago


Cassidy Wixom, KSL.com and Andrew Adams, KSL TV

1 shot, injured by motorcyclist in possible road rage incident on I-15, troopers say

Police are searching for a person who shot at a vehicle, injuring one person, while riding a motorcycle on I-15 Monday afternoon.

1 day ago

The scene of the crash on Friday in Garden City after a semi-truck crashed into it. (KSL TV)...

Mike Anderson

After 8 semi crashes, Garden City residents are frustrated

Residents of Garden City are frustrated after a total of eight semi trucks have barreled through an intersection near Bear Lake after losing their breaks, including the most recent one Friday.

1 day ago

A man who slipped and fell into Gunlock Falls on Sunday was saved by bystanders who pulled him from...

Ladd Egan

Good Samaritans jump into action, perform CPR after man falls into Gunlock Falls

A man who slipped and fell into Gunlock Falls on Sunday was saved by bystanders who pulled him from the water and performed CPR.

1 day ago

The "Show Up" service event in Thanksgiving Point. (KSL TV)...

Shara Park

‘Show Up’ for service event encourages summer volunteering

Hundreds of Utahns gathered at Electric Park at Thanksgiving Point Monday night for the Show Up for Summer Service family fair hosted by First Lady Abby Cox.

1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Brunette guy in headphones playing games on his desktop computer...

PC Laptops

Looking For a New Computer? Use This Desktop Buying Guide

Choosing a new desktop computer can come with a lot of questions, so we created this desktop buying guide.

Portrait of happy boy playing and splashing water in the swimming pool...

Get Out Pass

Family Fun Activities in Utah You Have to Try This Summer

These family fun activities will entertain you all summer, so if you ever feel stuck in a rut wondering what to do, refer to this guide!

Woman IT specialist in elegant suit working on notebook computer in data center next to server rack...

Les Olson

Your Complete Guide to Outsourcing IT Services

This guide covers everything you need to know about the different benefits of outsourcing IT services to meet your small business needs.

diverse group of friends dance outside under string lights...

Lighting Design

5 Frequently Asked Questions About Outdoor Lighting

Read for the most frequently asked questions about outdoor lighting to help narrow the search for your home.

Stack of old laptops with dark background...

PC Laptops

Old Laptop Upgrades You Need to Try Before Throwing it Away

Get the most out of your investment. Try these old laptop upgrades before throwing it out to keep it running fast and efficient.

Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...

BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.

Davis County farming family hopes to save acreage