© 2022 Boise State Public Radio

For assistance accessing our public files, please contact us at boisestatepublicradio@boisestate.edu or call (208) 426-3663.
NPR in Idaho
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Growing Pains: Balancing Farmland And Affordable Housing Needs In Caldwell

Frankie Barnhill
Boise State Public Radio
Idaho Press reporter Rachel Spacek stands at a corn field. Field is part of a property that was being considered for rezoning to build houses. The proposal was voted down by Canyon County commissioners in August.

We are continuing our "Growing Pains" series on growth and affordability in the Treasure Valley with a trip to Canyon County. The county has the largest Latino population in the state, and members of the community are essential to the agriculture industry in the region. So how are the issues of rising home prices and rapid growth affecting this community?

Idaho Matters senior producer Frankie Barnhill met up with Idaho Press Reporter Rachel Spacek in Caldwell to learn about a recent proposal to build homes for Latino farmworkers, and what it means for future affordable housing projects.

This interview is part of our new series called "Growing Pains." The series explores stories and issues surrounding the Treasure Valley's rapid growth and increasing unafforability. Subscribe to our podcast to hear every interview, and download the Boise State Public Radio app to send us a voice message using our Talk To Us feature.

Support for "Growing Pains" comes from Broadcast Society members Jennifer Dickey and Andy Huang.  Member support is what makes these interviews possible. Support this coverage here.

Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!