Farmland Protection

There is one thing every human being has in common – we all need to eat!

Those of us who live in California are blessed with an abundance of fresh food, year-round.  Our grocery stores are home to plentiful produce sections, that are the envy of those who live in less-fresh places.  Californians are lucky to have this abundant variety, thanks to the hard work of the farmers whose fields surround our cities and grow more than 400 crops.  And with our Farm to Fork movement growing, many of us are enjoying a new awareness of the fruits of California’s farms.

Our farms produce an incredible amount of food, fiber, and foliage for our people.  California grows 99% of the almonds, artichokes, peaches, and walnuts in America – plus 10 other crops.  We have a unique combination of climate, soil, and water that enables California farms to feed not just our state, but the nation and even the world.

California’s farms aren’t the only thing growing, so are our cities.  As California’s population booms, the farms that feed us are being turned into strip malls, parking lots, warehouses, and other uses that can’t feed us.  The trend of paving over our best farmland is unsustainable and cannot continue.  If nothing is done, we will reach a tipping point, with too many people and not enough land to grow the food and fiber on which we depend.

That’s where the California Farmland Trust comes in.  We work with willing farmers, who want to ensure their farms will remain farms… forever.  We help them place legal protections on their properties, called easements, that require the land remain a farm.  We also take kids to farms, for a first hand understanding of the unique farmland where their food comes from.

We hope that our efforts will go beyond simply conserving farms, and lead to a new appreciation of California’s best farmland as an inherently valuable natural resource to be appreciated, not paved.

 

 

Our Farms

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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,...

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 ...

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...

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...

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.

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.

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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!

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!

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