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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Ranchers find allies in conservationists

Marin Independent Journal

May 13, 2020

Representatives from the Marin Conservation League, the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, the Marin Resource Conservation District and the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin were among those who wrote in favor of the continuation of ranching, a legacy that dates back to the mid-1800s. The groups supported a proposal that the park service highlighted as…

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Farms, ranches pivot sales to consumers

Point Reyes Light

April 29, 2020

Molly Meyerson, the owner of Little Wing Farm in Point Reyes Station, said she can’t keep her farm stand stocked. Though it was previously her primary outlet, now she is preparing 40 boxes a week on a first-come, first-served basis to meet the desire for more security.

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A Time to Plant

Novato Community Television

April 28, 2020

A celebration of 50 years of Earth Day with Marin Agricultural Land Trust at Toluma Farms and Tomales Farmstead Creamery.

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Coronavirus hits Bay Area’s artisan cheese industry hard

San Francisco Chronicle

April 14, 2020

Bay Area artisan cheese makers are making tough decisions right now. Some are laying off staff. Others are switching up the cheeses they produce, hoping to wait out the coronavirus in the aging room. That’s because just about all of California’s boutique cheese makers have seen their sales drop since state and local shelter-in-place orders…

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