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“When you put houses on the land, it’s a one-time harvest…” We’re proud to introduce CFT landowner, Jean Okuye. Jean’s path to living a life dedicated to agriculture is unconventional compared to most. A Santa Barbara native, Jean married into...

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From Immigrants of the Avocado Capital of Mexico, to the Agricultural-Rich State of california We’re proud to introduce CFT landowners, Juan Carlos and Rodrigo Espinoza. In 2018, Juan Carlos and Rodrigo decided to permanently protect 78 acres of prime farmland under...

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2021 Landowner Story Series Part 4

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...

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2021 Landowner Story Series Part 3

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...

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2021 Landowner Story Series Part 2

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...

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2021 Landowner Story Series Part 1

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...

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Sweet Potato Pie

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...

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June is Dairy Month!

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...

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Peaches yielded the sweet smell of success

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...

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Planting the Seed

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...

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The Road to Conservation

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...

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Sweet Potato Casserole

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...

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

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...

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