Staying True to Our Roots

In 1980, two visionary women, Ellen Straus and Phyllis Faber—a rancher and a botanist—brought together local ranchers and conservationists to protect family farms from mounting development pressure. As a result, the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) was born—the first land trust in the nation focused on protecting farmland.

Today, we have safeguarded more than 55,000 acres in Marin County and invested more than $1.8 million in projects that improve soil health, protect water quality, and increase grassland vigor. This protected land forms a cornerstone in our regional resilience.

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A long dining table full of people sharing food together sits outside in a field in the evening, with a barn and string lights in the background at a field-to-fork event on the land.

Events in Marin: December 2022

November 21, 2022

To enjoy these final weeks of 2022, we’ve highlighted events and activities that give back to and connect us with the natural and working lands of Marin, as well as the entrepreneurial “maker” communities that provide us with food, fiber, and crafts.

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Holiday offerings spread, from MALT-protected farms and ranches - MALT

Special Holiday Offerings from Marin County Farms and Ranches

November 18, 2022

There’s no better way to celebrate the holiday season than with food and fiber from right here in Marin County.

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Marin County dairy cow grazing - MALT

A Year of Conservation Success & Renewed Momentum

November 14, 2022

We’ve had an amazing year of success, here are some of the highlights.

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