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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Duncan Ranch - MALT

Key Funding Secured to Protect Tomales’ Duncan Ranch

September 27, 2022

Earlier today, our team secured half of the funding needed to protect the 540-acre Duncan Ranch just east of Tomales.

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assorted green, orange, and yellow pumpkins and gourds

Where to Find Pumpkins and Fall Activities in Marin – 2022

September 26, 2022

Marin’s agricultural community is in peak harvest season so we want to bring you the latest on where to get out on the land, enjoy the season’s harvest, partake in spooky fall delights, and pick up your home’s decorative-gourd-season decor. 

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Oak tree surrounded by grassland, Marin County - MALT

$1 Million Investment for Marin Farmland Stewardship

September 22, 2022

Earlier this year, MALT’s board of directors committed $1 million toward agricultural stewardship grants over the next year period, the largest annual allocation of stewardship funding in the organization’s history.

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