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Information for farmers interested in conserving their properties.

Education & Outreach

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Sweet Potato Pie

  This sweet holiday treat is a Thanksgiving tradition for our easement holders and sweet potato growers John & Jeani Ferrari.  Ingredients 1 pound sweet potatoes (2 cups mashed) 1/2 cup butter, softened 1 cup white sugar 1/2 cup milk 2 eggs 1/2 tsp. ground...

California Farmland Trust Appoints Arisman, Beretta and Whitman to Trustee Council

California Farmland Trust (CFT) has announced the addition of three new members to the organization’s Trustee Council. “Our Trustee Council is comprised of influential industry leaders and we are honored to add to that prominent group,” shared Charlotte Mitchell, CFT...

Vander Woude Dairy

Vander Woude Dairy is approximately 65 acres of field crops that source the dairy. Located in Merced County, it is primarily made up of prime farmland and farmland of statewide importance. The property is in a robust agricultural area that supports various orchards,...

California Farmland Trust Elects New Officers, Appoints New Board Members

With a passion for preserving California’s farmland, California Farmland Trust is proud to share the results of those elected to serve our Board of Directors as well as new Board member appointments. “We’re honored to have such well-known and...

June is Dairy Month!

June is National Dairy Month; a great opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate California’s dairy industry, dairy farmers, and the nutritious dairy products they provide us. Originally established by grocers, as a way to distribute extra milk during the warm summer...

Peaches yielded the sweet smell of success

By Vicky Boyd   Standing on the family’s original “Home Ranch” near Ballico, California, Gail Ferrari Martin recently described the arduous journey her father took from a teenager on his own to becoming one of the world’s top canning peach producers. To honor...

Planting the Seed

Aunt’s words of wisdom spurred support for farmland conservation By Vicky Boyd Growing up, Webster Williams’ and Bonner Mendez’s aunt — Alberta Webster Lewallen — used to tell them, “You can never create more land. Don’t ever sell the land.” This was something...

The Road to Conservation

The Road to ConservationBy Vicky Boyd The family history of Jim Jorgensen and his sisters, Joanne Mills and Janice Jorgensen, is deeply rooted in California agriculture. The three were raised on a farm where their parents, William P. and Elinor Jorgensen, grew walnuts...

Katie Otto Joins CFT Team

The California Farmland Trust (CFT) is pleased to announce Katie Otto as their new Development and Operations Director. She joins the CFT team after 12 years with the California FFA Foundation (Foundation) and brings her deep roots and experience with agriculture,...

Sweet Potato Casserole

This simple dish is a staple for the holiday season. It’s also an excuse to have dessert as part of the main course!    INGREDIENTS 5 pre-baked sweet potatoes 1/2 cup granulated sugar 2 eggs 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 cup butter (soft) 1/3 cup evaporated milk (can...

Raley’s Field Trips on the Farm – Ms.Young

It was a wonderful day for a field trip! Ms.Young’s class came out to learn about chickens, goats, composting, and different types of crops at First Generation Farmers. After that, the class got a behind the scenes look at Brentwood Raley’s along with...

Concrete California: Jean Okuye’s Story

Find the Concrete California video Trailer and Full Length Documentary here.

Raley’s Field Trips on the Farm – Ms. Land

It was such a beautiful day in Brentwood for a field trip! Ms. Land’s class was able to come out for a field trip at First Generation Farmers and learned all about chickens, goats, vermicomposting and how insects are so helpful! From there, her class was...

Concrete California

A Family’s Story of Perseverance To Jean Okuye, nothing is more important than her family and friends.  That’s why, in 1980, Jean didn’t hesitate when a sudden death left untended the family farm where her husband Paul was raised.  She and Paul immediately...

Mendez River Ranch

Mendez River Ranch is approximately 252 acres of walnut orchards and hay fields. Located in San Joaquin county, it offers unique soils perfect for growing crops. This property was permanently protected by an ag conservation easement with funding provided by USDA...

Williams Farm

Williams Farm is approximately 110 acres of walnut orchards. With this properties prime and unique soils in San Joaquin county, it was perfect for an ag conservation easement. This project closed with funding from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in...

Raley’s Field Trips on the Farm – Ms. Ostlund

What a beautiful day for a field trip! Ms. Ostlund’s class from Garin Elementary had a great time visiting First Generation Farmers – from learning about chickens and goats, even getting to see a 48 hour old kid (baby goat) to learning about compost and so...

Squash, Grape and Tahini Salad

Ingredients 1 medium butternut squash (about 2 pounds), peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons sesame tahini 1 small clove garlic, minced 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 1/2...

Raley’s Field Trips on the Farm – Ms. Agpalo

It was a lovely day in Brentwood out at First Generation Farmers for Ms. Agpalo’s 4th grade field trip. We enjoyed learning about goats, chickens, composting and many different crops. The group then headed to Raley’s to learn all about farm to store,...

Six Farms Connect – a reason to celebrate!

Together, six farms connect and expand farmland conservation. A reason to celebrate! California Farmland Trust (CFT) announces the conservation of six new farms in Merced County. Four adjacent farms have created a large area of closely protected farmland; while nearby...

Easement Closing Celebration

Nearly 220 additional acres of California farmland are now conserved forever, resulting in a total of nearly 16,200 acres administered by CFT. Like-minded farmers worked with CFT to permanently protect their properties through agricultural conservation easements. The...

Cinnamon Roasted Almonds

Are you a planner?! Save this one for the holidays! Quick, easy and delicious.  Ingredients:  4 cups almonds 2 cups sugar 1 cup of water 1 tbsp cinnamon Instructions: Add sugar, water, and cinnamon to a skillet. Combine and bring to a boil. Add almonds and reduce heat...

CFT Earns National Recognition

California Farmland Trust Earns National Recognition Strong Commitment to Farmland Protection and Conservation Excellence Elk Grove, CA (Sept. 24, 2019) – One thing that unites us as a nation is land: Americans strongly support saving the working farms and ranches...

Sunset Vine Paint & Wine 2019

We can’t think of a better way to appreciate farmland than painting it, while sipping on the fruits of it! It was girls night out, date night, and a whole lot of fun for everyone. What’s not to like about wine, food, and painting the sunset? A big thank you to our...

Kruppa Reed Farm

The Kruppa Reed Farm is located near the little town of Ballico. Surrounded by many other easements, this property is home to almonds and row crops and was permanently protected by an ag conservation easement in...

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