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California Farmland Trust Protects 253 Acres of Almonds in East Merced County

California Farmland Trust is proud to announce the recent permanent protection of 253 acres of almonds in Merced County, owned by The Myers Irrevocable Flying M Ranch Trust. Established in the 1950s, Flying M Ranch began farming and ranching in the area of Merced,...

Flying M Ranch Trust

The Flying M Ranch Trust is approximately 253 acres of almonds located in East Merced County. This property was closed in early 2022 and is one of the many conservation easements protecting the working landscapes of Flying M Ranch Trust. Approximately 5,900 acres of...

2021 Landowner Story Series Part 4

Building Upon Resilient Roots Miller & Lux, Inc. Heir Works to Protect and Preserve Productive lands at bowles farming company It’s not every day you hear of a family farm that has lasted in California for six generations, reiterating that Bowles Farming Company...

2021 Landowner Story Series Part 3

Greenbelt ensures scenic views and productive, protected farmland The story of C&T Murphy farms Tom and Chester Murphy grew up in a red brick house along Highway 4, which today is a paved gateway to the Sierra Nevadas with a steady stream of traffic, particularly...

2021 Landowner Story Series Part 2

Taking a stand The story of fiorini Ranch In 1909, long before cities were formed, third generation farmer, Randy Fiorini’s grandparents Francis and Mable made the life-changing move from Southern California to our most fertile soil, the Central Valley, putting roots...

2021 Landowner Story Series Part 1

Investing in Innate Farmland The story of Machado family farms Nestled in the small town of Linden, the Machado Family first began farming in 1906 when Gregorio and Angelina Machado, immigrants of the Azores Islands, arrived in California. Initially started as a...

California Farmland Trust Awarded 2021 CalAgPlate Grant Funding

Thanks to the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) California Special Interest License Plate (CalAgPlate) grant program, California Farmland Trust (CFT) is proud to be awarded funding to distribute an additional 40 Orange You Glad We Have Farmland...

California Farmland Trust Benefits from Round Seven SALC Funding Awards

With the support of the Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC), California Farmland Trust (CFT) is proud to be awarded funding for two agricultural conservation easement projects. The SALC Program is a collaboration between the California Strategic...

Machado Baker Road Farm

The Machado Baker Road Farm is approximately 92 acres of orchards and irrigated cropland in San Joaquin County. This property was closed in the fall of 2021. Owners, Mike and Diana Machado, are no strangers to  agricultural conservation easements, closing on their...

Machado Family Adds 246 Acres to California Farmland Trust’s Portfolio of Protected Farmland in San Joaquin County

With the recent easement closings of two Machado Family Farms properties, California Farmland Trust (CFT) protects an additional 246 acres of fruit and nut orchards and irrigated cropland in San Joaquin County. Located in Linden, California, these parcels, owned and...

Machado Murray Road Farm

The Machado Murray Road Farm is approximately 155 acres of orchards and irrigated cropland in San Joaquin County. This property was closed in the summer of 2021. Owners, Mike and Diana Machado, are no strangers to  agricultural conservation easements, closing on their...

Lone Tree Ranch

Lone Tree Ranch is approximately 327 acres of various irrigated field crops two miles east of Los Banos, California. Owned and operated by Bowles Farming Company, the 160-year-old operation involves the sixth generation of Bowles and Lawrence families. This property...

California Farmland Trust Closes 35th Merced County easement, Protecting an Additional 327 Acres

California Farmland Trust (CFT) is proud to announce the permanent protection of 327 acres of farmland two miles east of Los Banos, California. Farmed and owned by Bowles Farming Company, the addition of the Lone Tree Ranch agricultural conservation easement (ACE)...

California Farmland Trust Welcomes Trustee Council Member Reagan Denny, and Extern Chase Steele

California Farmland Trust (CFT) is pleased to welcome Reagan Denny and Chase Steele to our organization. Denny will serve as the California Association, FFA representative on CFT’s Trustee Council, while Steele joins the staff under a law school externship. Originally...

California Farmland Trust Executive Director, Charlotte Mitchell, selected in California Agricultural Leadership Foundation, Class 51

California Farmland Trust’s executive director, Charlotte Mitchell, has been selected as one of the 24 individuals in California Agricultural Leadership Foundation, Class 51. According to the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation website, fellows, or...

Jeani and John Ferrari recognized as California Farmland Trust’s 2021 Vance Kennedy Award recipients

Local philanthropists and long-time supporters of farmland protection, Jeani and John Ferrari, were honored by California Farmland Trust (CFT) as the 2021 Vance Kennedy Award recipients. The Vance Kennedy Award was established in 2014 in honor of Dr. Vance Kennedy, a...

C&T Murphy Property

The C&T Murphy Property is approximately 72 acres of almond orchards. Located in San Joaquin county, the property is positioned just outside the town of Farmington along Highway 4. This property was permanently protected by an ag conservation easement with funding...

California Farmland Trust Appoints Clay Daulton As New Board Member

California Farmland Trust (CFT) is proud to welcome well-respected Madera County rancher and community member, Clay Daulton as the newest appointed board member. With 55 years at Daulton Ranch where he is the current owner, as well as experience in various...

San Joaquin County Easement Creates 200-acre Greenbelt Near Farmington

Tom Murphy and Chester Murphy have protected 72 acres of farmland destined to be developed in San Joaquin County. Combined with another existing California Farmland Trust easement, this has created a 200-acre greenbelt in the area of Farmington, California, east of...

California Farmland Trust Welcomes Adriana Toste As New Hire

California Farmland Trust (CFT) is pleased to announce the addition of Adriana Toste to the CFT team. Toste will serve as the communications associate. Toste is a recent graduate of Oklahoma State University (OSU), where she earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural...

California Bountiful: It’s a bountiful life: Preserving California’s farmland

 Each year, California loses about 50,000 acres of farmland to development. Charlotte Mitchell, executive director of the California Farmland Trust, estimates more than 1 million acres have been lost since 1990, most of it prime soils that produce food and fiber for...

California Farmland Trust Announces Matching Support to Protect Fiorini Ranch

                                                       Thanks to support from the Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation, California Farmland Trust (CFT) is embarking on a conservation fundraising campaign to protect Fiorini Ranch. Located in Merced County, the 60-acre almond...

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...

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