SAN BERNARDINO, CALIF. -Rapid urban development in San Bernardino has surrounded the dairy preserve, and about half of the 400 dairies have moved during the last 10 years. In the past, the town of Chino had thousands of acres of land catered to cow farming. According to 1997 state Department of Food & Agriculture figures, San Bernardino was the number three dairy-producing county in the state with $440 million in annual production.
The recent housing developments within the last ten years reduced the cow farming industry to a very low percentage. Mega-developers bought most of the cow farms and urbanized the farmlands with roads, schools, middle-class houses, and shopping complexes. The population grew, together with the pollution, traffic and growing threats to the existing Chino cow farms.
Meanwhile, the existing dairy farms continue to nourish the cows with care, making sure cows are healthy to produce milk. Here is a look at the rural life in some of the dairy farms. It might just be the last frontier.
© 2014 Joe Quintana