Cowgirl Creamery’s founders announce retirement

Dairy Foods

January 18, 2021

The company became a steward of the land, evident in its organic creameries and work with the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, and advocates for a vibrant community of dairy farmers, cheese producers and chefs, all of whom comprise “the Northern California milkshed.”

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Colorado West Land Trust, a pioneer in land conservation, turns 40

The Daily Sentinel

December 30, 2020

“Mesa dates back to 1980,” Dempsey said. “It is one of just a small handful of agricultural land trusts now celebrating its 40th (anniversary). This group includes AFT and the Marin Agricultural Land Trust — I can’t think of any others. These groups were at the forefront of private conservation organizations in responding to the…

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How California’s cheese trail avoided a meltdown

National Geographic

December 11, 2020

Ranchers, environmentalists and community leaders teamed up to prevent the development and, in the process, formed the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) in 1980. Many farms on the California Cheese Trail are protected by the trust, meaning the land can only be used for agriculture.

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Marin salmon monitors get new tracking tool

Marin Independent Journal

November 1, 2020

Using $23,000 obtained with help from Trout Unlimited’s Golden Gate Chapter, the Marin Agricultural Land Trust and Marin County, the water district purchased an upgraded antenna that addresses past issues and provide researchers better data on which fish are surviving. Researchers are hoping for an average number of spawners to return this year based on…

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As fire burns, activists sneak into Point Reyes to bring water to parched elk. Should they?

Los Angeles Times

September 2, 2020

“The portrayal of these folks as greedy, industrial ranchers benefiting on the federal government dime is I think a big exaggeration,” said Livingston, pointing out that the majority of the farms have been run by generations of the same family. Isabel French, spokeswoman for the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, which represents family farms, though not…

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Marin’s climate action plan to stress benefits of carbon farming

Point Reyes Light

September 2, 2020

Dr. Jonathan Wachter, a soil scientist for the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, said his preliminary analysis showed that utilizing available lands for compost application alone could sequester 104,069 metric tons of carbon dioxide each year. That by itself would balance out the contribution that agriculture makes to emissions in Marin.

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Toward a culture of sustainable food production

Point Reyes Light

July 8, 2020

It is possible to make locally grown food abundant to all segments of our community, despite the distribution challenges that have plagued us while we shelter in place and those that existed long before the pandemic. Ellen Straus and Phyllis Faber thought about this decades ago when creating the Marin Agricultural Land Trust. 

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