|Address:||8788 Elk Grove Blvd. Building 1, Suite I|
Elk Grove, CA 95624
|County or Parish:||Sacramento|
|Primary NTEE:||Food, Agriculture & Nutrition|
|Sub NTEE:||Farmland Preservation|
Our top needs:
- Funding: Other - Collaboration with other land trusts to further land trust sustainability.
- Funding: Program - Funding for farmland protection; .92 of every donated dollar goes directly to land conservation.
- Board Members - Enhancing board governance by recruiting knowledgeable and passionate board members.
- Volunteers - Increasing capable volunteer base for protection and stewardship of our conservation easements.
- Technology - Expand our capabilities with the use of evolving technology.
THE THREAT: If we pave over all of California's farmland we cannot recreate it somewhere else. Yet, every year, due to the impact of population growth and poor planning, more than 41,000 acres of the world's best farmland and 20,000 acres of rangeland are paved over never to produce "food for the family" again. By 2050, California's population is estimated to grow by 35% to 50.4 million resulting in more mouths to feed with fewer acres to support them. The continued loss of farmland will have devastating impacts on our ability to feed ourselves in the future. Simply stated, "No Farmland - No Food."
THE SOLUTION: Permanently protect the family farms that ensure the continued production of food and stewardship of our natural resources. We do this by assisting landowners in the sale of their developments rights. This sale eliminates any future possibility of development or conversion away from farming on the property. They maintain ownership and the ability to produce nutritious food, while continuing to be important stewards of the land. Family farms do their part to protect the environment through plant photosynthesis that manufactures and discharges oxygen into the air, ground water recharge, and by preserving open space surrounding the community in which you live.
HOW YOU CAN HELP: Be a "cultivator" by demonstrating your personal commitment for preserving working farms and ranches through a contribution to Central Valley Farmland Trust. Our successes are your successes. We are considered one of the "premier" farmland trusts in California because others like you, who care about our ability to continue to produce our own food, have supported us. Together, we have protected more than 13,000 acres in our territory. Today our goal is 20,000 acres by 2020 - with your gift, we can reach our goal.
Ron Dolinsek, Board of Directors