California Farmland Trust
Our mission is to work with farmers to protect the best farmland in the world. From our humble beginning at a farmhouse kitchen table in order protect one, solitary family farm, to now protecting over 50 family farms, our impact has grown every year. We are dedicated to protecting the farms that feed your family.
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|
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 American 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?
Our top needs:
- Funding: Unrestricted - Funding for our ongoing efforts to protect the farms that feed our families. Every dollar we raise is matched with three more to protect California family farms.
- Funding: Program - Matching funding for the Kids to Farm program, which is primarily funded by a sponsorship from Raley's Family of Fine Stores.
- 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.
- In-Kind Donations - High quality in kind donations for use in raffles and other fundraising events.
For many of our family farms, the temptation to sell their land for development is nearly impossible to resist. After all, developers offer top dollar to free our family farmers of their dirty jobs. "We've had friends that have sold to development, we've seen what it does to them," says one of our farmers, Tom. "Money doesn't do anybody any good - as long as we have enough to survive," he likes to say.
That's where CFT comes in. We keep farmers farming, by putting legal protections on their land so that it can't be developed… ever. Our work guarantees that California's farmland, which doesn't exist anywhere else, will continue to grow the food and fiber our families need for generations to come. Our work ensures we have fresh, local, safe food for our families.
After all, there can be no farm to fork…without the farm."
3rd Generation Farmer