California Farmland Trust

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?


California Farmland Trust's mission is to help farmers to protect the best farmland in the world. Your gifts protect the farms that feed your family. We envision a future where our communities value sustainable farming as the best use of fertile farmland, and we all protect the farms that support our economy, environment, and quality of life.


Funding for our ongoing efforts to protect the farms that feed our families. Unrestricted funding provides education, outreach, and advocacy opportunities for California Farmland Trust leadership, so they are better equipped to fulfill the mission of the California Farmland Trust. Every dollar we raise is matched with three more, to protect California family farms.

Matching funding for the Kids to Farm program, which is primarily funded by a sponsorship from Raley's Family of Fine Stores.

Enhancing board governance by recruiting knowledgeable and passionate board members. The CFT Board of Directors serve as ambassadors of our mission and the work we do. Together, we strive to ensure our work is sustainable and fiscally responsible.

Increasing capable volunteer base for protection and stewardship of our conservation easements. Did you know our volunteers actually serve as project monitors on many of our easements? Their professional and technical expertise ensure the terms our easements stay true to their intent.

High quality in-kind donations for use in raffles and other fundraising events.

Organization Data


Organization name

California Farmland Trust

other names


Tax id (EIN)


Mission Category


Operating Budget

$500,001-$1 million

Organization Need

Board Members, Funding: Program, Funding: Unrestricted, In-Kind Donations, Volunteers


8970 Elk Grove Blvd Suite B
Elk Grove, CA 95624





How can we help?

Suggested articles

  • How does my nonprofit get started on Mightycause?
  • Why use Mightycause?
  • What is Mightycause?