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 54,000 acres in Marin County and invested more than $1.2 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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Aerial view of the Leali Ranch, Marin County - MALT

A Year of Early Achievements at the Leali Ranch

June 20, 2022

It’s been a busy year at the Leali Ranch, a 250-acre property we protected in June of 2021. Find the full story.

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Hike close to Point Reyes Station, sunrise over the water - MALT

4 Hikes Close to Point Reyes Station

June 15, 2022

There are so many great hikes close to Point Reyes Station. But these four are our absolute favorites. Get out there!

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Measure A sign in West Marin - MALT

Measure A Renewed – A Win for All of Marin County

June 9, 2022

On June 7, 2022, Marin County residents voted to renew a sales tax that funds the protection of agricultural land.

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