Big Day of Giving

Mark your calendar – May 3 is Big Day of Giving!

A program of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation’s initiative to grow local philanthropy, Big Day of Giving is a 24-hour online giving challenge that brings together the region’s nonprofit community to help raise much needed unrestricted funds and shine a spotlight on the work nonprofits do to make the Sacramento region the place we call home. For the past few years,the giving day has united our community, raising more than $23 million for local nonprofits from over 36,000 donors from all over the region, the state, the country, and the world.

Can’t participate on May 3 – don’t worry!  You can preschedule your BDOG donation now!

When you give, you support…

Hooper Ranch

The Hooper Ranch is comprised of two parcels totaling 275.5 acres in a scenic agricultural area that supports orchards, row crops and grain crops. The primary use of this land is being used for the cultivation of field crops that are planted on a rotational basis....

Raley’s Field Trips on the Farm – Ms. Ming

It was a crisp morning out at Steamboat Acres when Ms. Ming’s fourth grade class from Westwood Elementary arrived. The excitement on their faces said it all when they found out they got to take a ride through the farm on a wagon! The excitement didn’t end...

Raley’s Field Trips on the Farm – Ms. Swartwood

Ms. Swartwood’s fourth grade class had a ton of fun learning about tree crops, pollination, hybrid breeding, composting and much more out at Steamboat Acres. They also got to pick their own ear of glass gem corn to husk and unveil the beautiful colors –...

Raley’s Field Trips on the Farm – Ms. Troutner

It was a beautiful day out at Steamboat Acres where Ms. Troutner’s fourth grade class had a great time learning about different varietals of squash, experiencing the equipment used to plant corn, and understanding the importance of pollination. The class then...

Raley’s Field Trips on the Farm – Ms. Van Vranken

It was a beautiful day to visit Steamboat Acres for a field trip! Ms. Van Vranken’s fourth grade class had the fortunate opportunity to visit the beautiful delta to learn from farmer Michael. They learned about various types of squash, how to recycle even when...

Denis and Terri Prosperi Living Trust

The Denis and Terri Prosperi Living Trust property is located in the beautiful Madera County. This property is comprised of roughly 93 acres of fruitful wine grape vineyards. The property was permanently protected by an Agricultural Conservation Easement in...

Cecchini Farm

The Cecchini Farm is located in the beautiful Contra Costa county. Being in the family for over 70 years, this 520.7 acre easement makes a great addition to our list. Closing in October of 2017, we look forward to many years of watching this property grow!

Denis Prosperi Farms, Inc.

The Denis Propseri Farms, Inc. Property is located in Madera County. This 78.48 acres consists of many different wine grape varietals and is located on prime farmland. This property was permanently protected by an Agricultural Conservation Easement in 2018!

BF Cochrane Farm

The BF Cochrane Farm is located just west of the City of Stockton in San Joaquin County. This beautiful 125+ acre property is comprised of row crops. Some including alfalfa, tomatoes, grain and corn. The BF Cochrane easement was permanently protected in 2017.

Machado Farm

Machado Farm can be found in San Joaquin County and encompasses 156 acres of land. Currently the farm produces a bounty of  fresh crops, including; walnuts, cherries, and peaches. This property has been protected by a conservation since 2015.

Espinoza Brothers Farm

Rows of colorful Freestone peaches line Espinoza Farm, located northwest of the city of Livingston in Merced County. After owning the property for four years, the Espinoza brothers decided to conserve their 78 acres of prime farmland through an agricultural...

Kneppel Farm

Knepple farm is a 166 acre property that can be found in Sacramento County. This property is currently home to lucious timothy grass and alfalfa. This property has been protected by a conservation easement since 2013.

Koehn Farm

Koehn Farm encompasses two properties located just south of Livingston in Merced County. Its prime soil supports rows of charming almond orchards. In June 2015, Koehn Farm was indefinitely protected by an agricultural conservation easement.

AKT Santa Nella

AKT Santa Nella Farm is a beautiful property located just south of Los Banos in Merced County. A sea of wheat grass and row crops line its 178 acres of prime farmland. In July 2014, this land was forever protected by an agricultural conservation easement.

Hannah Nicole Farm

At the foot of Mt. Diablo lies Hannah Nicole Vineyards, a stunning farm located just east of the City of Brentwood in Contra Costa County. With clay-loam soil near the Sacramento Delta, these 40 acres produce well-flavored grapes, perfect for their accompanying...

Nunn Preston Ranch

Preston Ranch is a 140.5 acre farm dedicated to growing and canning tomatoes. This stunning piece of property has been protected under a conservation easement since December of 2009. Preston Ranch is located in Contra Costa...

Meisner Farm

The Meisner Farm is defined by 161 pristine acres and comprised by 3 protected farms. One of the farms mentioned protects the open landscape between Fresno and Madera, an area county proposed to keep an open space greenbelt. This property can be found 2 miles away...

Espinoza Farm

Rows of colorful Freestone peaches line Espinoza Farm, located northwest of the city of Livingston in Merced County. After owning the property for four years, the Espinoza brothers decided to conserve their 78 acres of prime farmland through an agricultural...

Vierra Balfour Farm

On Vierra Balfour Road lies 206 acres of protected farmland under a conservation easement. This property is in Contra Costa county and grows rotating row crops to promote soil health. The Vierra Balfour farm property has been protected since...

Kami-Grigsby Farm

Kami-Grigsby farm is located east of the City of Brentwood in Contra Costa County. Its location in the greater San-Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta area ensures that the 132 acres of soil is prime for growing the farm’s cannery tomatoes and garlic. Since November 2011,...

Stenzel Hoffman Ranch

Stenzel Hoffman Ranch takes pride in the corn and tomatoes that grow on their 166 acre property. This ranch is located within the boundaries of Contra Costa County. Stenzel Hoffman Ranch has been dedicated to conserving their land since placing an easement on it in...

Tamayo Hoffman Farm

The Tamayo Hoffman Farm is located in Contra Costa County. On their 42 acre property they are dedicated to growing sweet corn. This beautiful land has been protected under a conservation easement since 2011.

Messick Farm

Messick Farm is located in San Joaquin County, north of the town of Linden. Its beautiful 84 acres of prime farmland help sustain the farm’s cherry and walnut orchards, which have been in the family for multiple generations. Mr. Messick has a close connection to his...

Concord Avenue Farm

Concord Avenue Farm is located in Contra Costa County, southeast of the City of Brentwood.   Organic row crops line this charming 20-acre farm full of prime agricultural land. With the hard work of the Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust, this parcel has been protected...

VrMeer Farm

VrMeer Farm consists of 23 beautiful acres of prime farmland that has grown a variety of crops including apricots. To protect the land, a conservation easement was placed on the property by the Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust in July 2006...

Payne Avenue Farm

Payne Avenue Farm is located just southeast of the City of Brentwood in Contra Costa County. These lovely 10 acres of prime farmland serve as a walnut orchard and have been protected with a conservation easement since June 2006 thanks to the efforts of the Brentwood...

Raley’s Field Trips on the Farm – Ms. Herrera

Ag students from Liberty High School in Brentwood got an eye-opening look behind the scenes at Dwelley Farms.  From climbing into the cab of a tractor for the first time, to learning about the myriad technologies used in farming, to discovering agricultural career...

Raley’s Field Trips on the Farm – Ms. Torres

It was a beautiful Brentwood day at First Generation Farmers, where Ms. Torres’ fourth-graders got to enjoy a first hand farming experience.  From wiggly worms, to clucking chickens, to gluttonous goats, the students were immersed in the farming life –...

Raley’s Field Trips on the Farm – Mr. Dix

Mr. Dix’s fourth grade class had acres of fun learning about worms, composting, greenhouses, produce preparation, identifying fruit trees, and edible landscapes. They also got to feed chickens and play with the goats at First Generation Farmers. After the farm...

Raley’s Field Trip on the Farm – Ms. Griggs

Ms. Griggs’ fourth grade class had a fabulous time learning about composting, greenhouses, produce preparation, identifying fruit trees and of course – playing with chickens and goats at First Generation Farms.  Then they went off to Raley’s for a...

FIELD Trips!

CVFT and Raley’s take school kids from the farm to the food on their fork with Steamboat Acres

Kids to Farm

Putting the FIELD in Field Trip! What do you remember most about elementary school? Your desk? The playground? The math lessons? Or the field trips!?

Borello Farm Conserved!

100 acres forever farmland!

Students on the Farm

Students get a special tour of local farm & trip to Raley's!

Alvernaz Farm

This beautiful farm is located in Merced County near the town of Livingston. In the early 1960’s, Joe Alvernaz purchased this 211 acres of prime farmland which is ideally suited for growing sweet potatoes. Joe and his son Jim rotate the sweet potato plantings with...

Bear Creek Ranch

This picturesque ranch is located in Merced County east of the City of Merced. The ranch is part of the historic Del Monte Peach Ranch. It is a large, efficient ranch to farm with excellent soils. The almonds receive water from the Merced Irrigation District and a...

Magneson Dairy

This dairy is located along the Merced River in Merced County near the town of Ballico. The land was purchased by Charles and Christina Magneson in 1890. These 89 acres of prime farmland produce pasture for the herd of Holstein dairy cattle. The dairy milks 700 cows...

Furey Farm

This farm is located just east of the town of Planada in Merced County. The land has been in the family for over 100 years and has a beautiful view of the Sierra Nevada’s. These 391 acres of prime farmland produces alfalfa, sileage, oats, and wheat. The family’s...

Ulm Farms, Inc.

Ulm Farms, Inc. is a multi-generational farming operation located just outside Modesto in Stanislaus County. These 151 acres of prime farmland produce almonds, walnuts and wine grapes. The land was first purchased in 1945, moving the family from Orange County in...

Brazil-Van Ryn Farm

Both Bill Van Ryn and Anthony Brazil are long time successful farmers in the Central Valley. They have converted the diary to a certified organic milk producing facility. Our easement covers 216 acres which supports the dairy and produces high quality organic feed for...

Galeazzi Farm

The Galeazzi family emigrated from Italy to the United States in 1894, settled in Modesto and purchased 250 acres of prime farmland. Today, John and his wife Carolyn farm the land with their son Tom and his wife Tawnya. Other family members are also involved in the...

Main Stone II Farm

Main Stone II Farm is located in southern San Joaqin County between the cities of Tracy and Manteca. These 225 acres are adjacent to Main Stone I and produce sileage corn, tomatoes, onions and asparagus. It was permanently protected in 2010 based on a right of...

Brandstad Farms

This picturesque farm is located in San Joaquin County near the town of Linden. It has been in the family for 3 generations; 119 acres purchased in 1931 and an additional 79 acres in 1971. This prime farmland, the most productive in the world, produces walnuts,...

Becker Ranch

Located near the town of Linden is Becker Ranch. This beautiful 44 acres has been owned by the Becker family since 1990. The land produces walnuts and cherries, and over ¼ mile of the Calaveras River runs along the south side of the ranch. The family decided to...

Zollinger-Nunes Farm

Zollinger-Nunes Farm is located near the town of Delhi in Merced County. This 74 acre farm was one of our first conservation easements. The farm produces peaches, almonds and walnuts. It was permanently protected in 1999.

Voorhees/Silva Farm

The Voorhees/Silva Farm is located in Sacramento County near the city of Walnut Grove. These 225 acres of prime farmland produces alfalfa hay and grain. The land was permanently protected in 2007.

Silveira Family Farm

This organic farm produces almonds and super high density olives for olive oil. Located in Merced County near the City of Livingston and the Merced River, these 62 acres of prime farmland was purchased by the Silveira family in 2003. Family members decided to preserve...

Rocha/Mello Farm

The Rocha/Mello Farm is located in Sacramento County near the City of Elk Grove. These 97 acres of prime farmland produces alfalfa hay. The land was permanently protected in 2003.

Pfeiffer Family Ranch

Pfeiffer Ranch is located in the foothills of the Diablo Mountain Range in western Merced County. It is the largest easement held by the Central Valley Farmland Trust at nearly 7,000 acres. The ranch is comprised predominantly of open grazing land. It was permanently...

Okuye Farm

This beautiful farm is located in Merced County near the town of Livingston. The land has been in the Okuye family for over 100 years, and these 79 acres of prime farmland produce almonds. Okuye family members believe that protecting farmland protects the farmers,...

Menghetti Farm

This beautiful farm in Stanislaus County was purchased by Charles Menghetti on January 14, 1919. Charles and his wife Anna raised dairy cattle, alfalfa and grapes. Peter and his wife Kathleen Menghetti inherited the property where they raised a family and continue to...

Main Stone I Farm

Main Stone I Farm is located in southern San Joaqin County between the cities of Tracy and Manteca. This 928 acre farm was the first agricultural conservation easement completed under the Williamson Act Easement Exchange in San Joaquin County. The farm produces...

Magneson Farm

This picturesque farm is located along the Merced River in Merced County near the town of Ballico. The land was purchased by Charles and Christina Magneson in 1890. These 382.9 acres of prime farmland produce corn, wheat and permanent pasture. Recent environmental...

Jorgensen Ranch

his scenic property is located in Merced County near the town of Gustine. The land has been in the Jorgensen family for over 100 years. These 290 acres of prime farmland produces walnuts, alfalfa, beans and other field crops. In tribute to their parents William and...

Humboldt Ranch

This protected 270 acre parcel at the northern edge of Merced County has established a permanent separation between the City of Turlock to the north and the community of Delhi to the south. What was once a jungle of Bermuda grass-covered stump grapes is now, thanks to...

Furey Ranch

This ranch is located just east of the town of Planada in Merced County. The land has been in the family for over 100 years and has a beautiful view of the Sierra Nevada’s. These 615 acres of prime farmland produces pasture for a heard of red and black Angus cattle....

Espinoza Farm

Espinoza Farm is located near the City of Delhi in Merced County. These beautiful 39 acres produce almonds and peaches and were purchased by the Espinoza Brothers in 1998. Working on the family farm gave them a great appreciation of the hard work it takes to produce a...

Jessie Espinosa Farm

The Jessie Espinosa Farm is located in the Delhi District of Merced County. These 38 acres of prime farmland produce peaches. It was permanently protected with an agricultural conservation easement in 2007.

Espinosa Family Farm

The Espinosa Family Farm is located in the Delhi District of Merced County. These 39 acres of prime farmland produce almonds and peaches. It was permanently protected with an agricultural conservation easement in 2007.

Sutter Home Winery

Sutter Home Winery purchased this prime farmland in 2010 from the Dumas family. In 2011 the land was planted with merlot and cabernet vines. In 2012 they will train the vines and production will begin in 2013. These 220 acres of prime farmland was permanently...

Du Granrut Ranch

Du Granrut Ranch is located in north eastern Merced County. These 40 acres have been in the family for 22 years. In January 2008 the family replanted the 40 acres with almond trees. These trees will produce a light crop each year until they reach full production in...

Cole Farm

Cole Farm is located in the Delhi District of Merced County. These 28 acres of prime farmland produce two varieties of almonds; Nonpariel and Price. The land has been in the family for 35 years and continues to be farmed and managed by family members. An agricultural...

Langille-Carman Farm

Carman Farm is 38.8 acres located near the town of Hilmar in Merced County. The farm was purchased by Samuel and Katherine Langille in 1910, and was subsequently passed on upon their death to their son Colin and daughter Katherine. Colin worked the farm until his...

Beach Farm

Beach Farm is a beautiful 80 acre parcel located near the City of Livingston in Merced County. This prime farmland produces almonds and and has been in the family for 25 years.

Cochrane Farm

Cochrane Farm is a lovely 44 acres located in the Delhi District of Merced County. This prime farmland produces three varieties of almonds; Nonpariel, Mission and Neplus. The land has been in the family ...