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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Upcoming Event

February 9, 2023

Community Coffee

Join us at the next agricultural community coffee event at Stemple Creek Ranch to share, connect and converse about our common goal of protecting and stewarding farm and ranchland.  

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Marin’s grasses are greener in February, and it’s a perfect time to venture out for an event — hike, pick up fresh local food at a farmers market, help clean up a favorite park, visit a local dairy, or join an online nature talk.

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Now’s The Time to Prepare for Extreme Drought

January 23, 2023

Now is not the time to lean on short-term solutions, nor rest on our laurels with drought preparation.

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In Loving Memory of Phyllis Faber

January 16, 2023

It is with great sadness that we share news of the passing of Phyllis Faber, one of the two visionary founders of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust.

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