People interested in having a say in the future of Oakley's vineyards are invited to a public forum this month.

The city will present the Agricultural Conservation & Viticulture Program it's proposing from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30 at City Hall, 3231 Main St., Oakley.

The workshop is the first of three that are planned.

The event is intended to generate interest in the project and solicit comments on it from business owners, farmers and the community at large.

Oakley City Council in June hired the Agricultural-Natural Resources Trust of Contra Costa County to help it launch various efforts -- one of them this Agricultural Conservation & Viticulture Program -- to preserve its farming roots.

In the initial stages of the as-yet unofficial program, the trust is identifying every parcel that can be used to grow crops and then asking those owners if they would consider permanently relinquishing the right to develop their property in exchange for compensation.

At the workshop, the public will be invited to review a map of these sites and point out any omissions.

In addition, attendees will have the chance to join an advisory group that will work with a city subcommittee fielding questions and comments from residents about preserving Oakley's open space.

Contact Rowena Coetsee at 925-779-7141.