Marin moves to extend sales tax for parks

Marin Independent Journal

May 12, 2019

During fiscal 2017-19, Marin County Parks spent $6.49 million of its $13.8 million in Measure A revenues on grants to the Marin Agricultural Land Trust to help it acquire four agricultural conservation easements. It also spent $957,313 on vegetation management and fire fuel reduction and $253,748 on road and trail management.

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West Handmade Burgers sells Stemple beef

Sonoma Index Tribune

May 2, 2019

Stemple Creek Ranch was founded as a dairy ranch by Angelo Poncia near Tomales. Now his great-grandson, Loren, and his attorney wife, Lisa, have reinvented and rejuvenated the 1,000-acres into a completely organic and grass-fed cattle ranch. The whole ranch is now protected by the Marin Agricultural Land Trust.

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Stafford Lake crash kills two fathers

Point Reyes Light

April 17, 2019

“Much of the farming community in Marin is comprised of these families that have been here for generations,” said Jamison Watts, MALT’s executive director. “The knowledge, the experience and the culture that we’re losing with their passing is a blow to the community. Our hearts really go out to the families.”

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A Ranch Reinvented: Stemple Creek Farm Transfer

Capital Press

April 12, 2019

Another important piece of the next generation of the Poncia legacy has been working with the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) on conservation easements. The Poncias sold the development rights to their land in protect it in a perpetual easement. Loren says, “Conservation easements are a great tool to keep the ranch going, to help…

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After a decade-long hiatus, Marin schools add local, grass-fed beef to their menus

SF Gate

April 9, 2019

But it wasn’t until recently that beef became a part of the conversation again. Loren and Lisa Poncia have two children in the Novato district. They also happen to be the fourth-generation owners of Stemple Creek Ranch near Tomales, California. Their beef is free-range, grass-fed, and free of artificial hormones and antibiotics. The cattle grazes…

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Marin schools end red meat ban, accept local grass-fed beef

East Bay Times

April 5, 2019

Villarreal, who took red meat off the Novato schools’ menus completely in 2008 after a major California beef recall, has this year forged an arrangement to receive grass-fed, hormone-free beef from district parents Loren and Lisa Poncia, owners of Stemple Creek Ranch in Tomales. The couple have two children at Loma Verde Elementary School in…

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Healthy Soils

Marin Independent Journal

March 19, 2019

Dirt takes center stage in the fight against climate change at a workshop sponsored by Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) from 1 to 4 p.m. March 30. Soil expert Jonathan Wachter will explain the basics of healthy soil practices and carbon farming and the impact on food producers’ ability to protect water sources, farm lands and animals….

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13th Annual California Artisan Cheese Festival Announces Participants for Artisan Cheese Tasting & Marketplace

PerishableNews.com

March 8, 2019

In keeping with its dedication to the community, the Artisan Cheese Festival has donated more than $120,000 in grants to local nonprofit partners that support local sustainable agriculture including the California Artisan Cheese Guild, Sonoma Land Trust, Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT), the Redwood Empire Food Bank and the Petaluma Chapter of the Future Farmers…

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MALT backs Huffman bill for Point Reyes ranching

Marin Independent Journal Readers Forum

February 19, 2019

We at Marin Agricultural Land Trust also believe that cows and elk can co-exist in Point Reyes National Seashore and the north district of Golden Gate Recreation Area. MALT members with values like Christin’s are at the heart of all we do, which is protect Marin farmland and, in so doing, the environment, too.

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