The Sacramento Valley isn't just America's Farm to Fork Capitol, it's also home to thousands of farms… family farms, organic farms, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms, farms with a strong regenerative agriculture practices, and the list goes on. But every day, these same farms are consumed by sprawling development. Every day, farmland is lost, fragmented or converted to other uses.
Your gift to the California Farmland Trust protects the farms that feed your family. When you make a gift, you also:
- Keep your food local! Your family can enjoy fresh, healthy, safe food grown right here in your backyard.
- Protect the planet! Farmland produces 70 times fewer greenhouse gas emissions than urban land. And, orchards help to reduce our collective carbon footprint.
- Help educate the next generation about the importance of farmland - especially in California!
Did you know that California is America's largest agriculture-producing state? With nearly 80,000 family farms, California is truly a farm state. Our farms produce 80% of the world's almonds; 99% of America's artichokes, raisins, rice, and walnuts; and over 80% of America's apricots, lemons, and strawberries. The industry contributes more than $23 billion dollars to the economy and provides over $6 billion in wages to its employees every year. Farming also has environmental benefits, with carbon-reducing trees creating shade and fighting climate change, with irrigation recharging groundwater, and with orchards and fields providing wildlife habitat.
All of this is enabled by the unique combination of climate, soil, and water found in the Golden State. California's land is the foundation that makes it all possible - nowhere else can farmers grow the abundance and quality of food produced here. Unfortunately, over 50,000 acres of farmland are lost to development every year (at an average farm size of 369 acres, that's potentially 135 family farms lost every year). And once those acres of farmland are developed, the chances of them being returned to productive farming are effectively nil. If we pave over our farmland, where will America's almonds, walnuts, raisins, rice, apricots, lemons, and strawberries grow?