Staying True to Our Roots

Forty-two years ago, two visionary women, Ellen Straus and Phyllis Faber—a rancher and a botanist—brought together a groundbreaking coalition of 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 specifically on protecting farmland.

Today, we have proudly protected more than 54,000 acres in Marin County and have 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 agricultural community and our local economy. 

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Aerial view of the MALT-protected Leali Ranch - Stewardship Assistance Program - MALT

What is MALT’s Stewardship Assistance Program (SAP)?

May 12, 2022

Learn more about our Stewardship Assistance Program (SAP) and our work with farmers and ranchers to improve soil and water quality.

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Stemple Creek Ranch - MALT

The Great Revival of Old Stemple Creek

May 4, 2022

The sustainable practices that define the quality of Stemple Creek Ranch beef started in the heart of the land: old Stemple Creek, itself.

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Molly Myerson, Little Wing Farm, gives group of participants an overview of her operation at Black Mountain Ranch - MALT

Bay Area Farmers Come Together Amid Historic Drought

April 27, 2022

Farmers from around the Bay Area congregated this week for a workshop on low water farming practices and to compare notes as to what’s working amid the region’s historic drought.

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