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Agriculture

CAFF State Conference Features Online Workshops and In-Person Gatherings

January 7, 2022

Land access and land trusts. Ecological and climate-smart farming. Scaling up healthy soils practices. Farming through wildfire season. These topics — of vital importance to Marin County and other farming regions throughout the state — are just a sampling of the 50 workshops and forums on the agenda for the 2022 California Small Farm Conference,…

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MALT Announces a Leadership Transition

December 30, 2021

December traditionally marks a time of transition. As we pass the Winter Solstice, and as 2021 gives way to a new year, MALT announces our own transition in leadership. Jennifer Carlin, who many of you already know as MALT’s director of advancement, has been promoted to acting CEO following the resignation of CEO Thane Kreiner,…

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Stemple Creek Ranch Honored as Leopold Conservation Award Finalist

December 15, 2021

Loren and Lisa Poncia’s Stemple Creek Ranch, near Tomales, was among just three finalists considered this year for the prestigious California Leopold Conservation Award, an honor that recognizes conservation leaders among the state’s farmers, ranchers, and forestland owners. In California, the prestigious award is presented annually by Sand County Foundation, American Farmland Trust, Sustainable Conservation…

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What to Know About MALT and Marin’s Measure A

November 29, 2021

Measure A, which levies a quarter-cent sales tax to support parks, open space, and agricultural lands across Marin County, was passed in 2012 with 74% support of county residents.

The vote to renew Measure A doesn’t happen until June 2022, but already there’s plenty of conversation—and, unfortunately, some misconceptions—about the measure, especially as it relates to the portion of the law that goes toward agricultural protection.

Here are some common questions and concerns we hear about Measure A and MALT.

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Food Justice: ‘Our Common Ground’ Conversation Recap

November 26, 2021

Let’s all agree that everyone, everywhere, deserves sufficient, nutritious food. Food justice addresses barriers to making that fundamental principle a reality, as well as solutions to overcome those barriers.

And food justice was the topic of the November 10, 2021, episode of MALT’s ‘Our Common Ground’ conversation, in which MALT CEO Thane Kreiner, Ph.D., moderated a dynamic discussion among four expert panelists.

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A Video Celebration of Food, Farmers—and You

November 24, 2021

Here in Marin County, we’re fortunate to have an abundance of fresh, healthy food, grown locally by hard-working farmers and ranchers. With your support, MALT continues to fulfill our long-term obligation to not only protect and steward Marin’s agricultural land and partner with the people who work it, but also to ensure that the land…

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Ethnobotany—The Intersection of Plants, People, and Culture: ‘Our Common Ground’ Conversation Recap

November 10, 2021

What can modern farmers, ranchers, and the rest of us learn from indigenous wisdom about plants? How can we access the diversity of knowledge about the plant world to broaden our view of land stewardship as we navigate toward a more just and sustainable world?

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MALT Partners With AIM’s Rollin’ Root Mobile Market To Deliver Fresh Produce to Marin City Residents

October 14, 2021

Marin County is one of the richest in the nation, but unfortunately, not all the county’s residents have ready access to fresh, affordable, local food. For 38 years, the Agricultural Institute of Marin (AIM) has helped address this issue by bringing together Marin farmers’ locally produced food and underserved people in the region through farmers’…

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Making a Real Difference in Water Resilience, Now

September 13, 2021

As ranchers and farmers work to build more resilient and sustainable water infrastructure, MALT’s drought initiative sets a longer-term path to the future as it delivers emergency relief. Learn about two crucial projects happening right now!

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Cheesemaker Spotlight: Jenna Coughlin

September 7, 2021

Meet Jenna, Tomales Farmstead Creamery’s head cheesemaker, and learn about her circuitous journey to cheesemaking!

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