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Garlic Lovers Unite!

April is officially garlic month. And why should we care? … California is the nation’s top producer of garlic, that’s why! Also, this month is the famous Gilroy Garlic Festival on April 19, located in the heart of garlic country here in CA....

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Super Simple Roasted Garlic

Super Simple Roasted Garlic Roasted garlic is savory and can be used in any number of dishes.  The best thing about this recipe is you can start with it and by the time you are done with your main dishes and sides your delicious roasted garlic will be coming out of...

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Introducing California Farmland Trust

NEWS RELEASE: IMMEDIATE April 2, 2018 Introducing California Farmland Trust: Central Valley Farmland Trust and Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust merge to conserve more farms together Elk Grove, CA:  The Central Valley Farmland Trust (CVFT) and the Brentwood...

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Breakfast at Hilmar

Bacon, eggs, and coffee were a great start to our Friends of Farmland event at Hilmar Cheese Company.  Friends and supporters of the California Farmland Trust enjoyed breakfast and good conversation, followed by an interesting tour of the Hilmar Cheese facility....

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Farm Day 2018

Associate Director Melanee Cottrill and Program Assistant Troy Young had a great time volunteering at the first ever Sacramento Farm Day, hosted by the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom and the Dave Joerger Foundation. It was a perfect day on the...

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Ag Day at the Capitol 2018

We all know that a key to successful farming in California is rain. And rain it did today when we set up at Ag Day at the Capitol to share our mission and information alongside our colleagues from the Yolo Land Trust and American Farmland Trust. People in the huge...

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Intel on Cherries!

Cherries are so much more than just delicious, sweet, naturally good snacks… they are healthy and pack a super food punch too. Here’s the Intel on Cherry Production and Health Benefits California is the second largest cherry producing state in the U.S....

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Brandstad Farm: Cherries

Preserving the Past, Stewarding the Future The Brandstad Family grows cherries, walnuts, and olives on their farm in San Joaquin County. Their 150-year old farming legacy and a partnership with our land trust forever protected this special farmland in 2014 – and...

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Cherry Cream Cheese Pie

Cherry Cream Cheese Pie with Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust… to die for! • 1 chocolate graham cracker crust • ½ pint heavy whipping cream (DO NOT use Cool Whip or canned whipped cream – it’s not the same!) • 4 oz Philly Cream Cheese, softened (Do not microwave!...

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Butternut Squash Soup

RECIPE: BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP INGREDIENTS 1 onion chopped 1 celery stick chopped 1 carrot chopped 3 T butter + 1 T olive oil 1 butternut squash (or other squash), peeled, cored and chopped 1 granny smith apple, peeled, cored and chopped 6 cups chicken broth 1 T smoked...

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January = Soup Month!

Soups On! When the cold weather is here and it seeps into your bones, what better way to sit down and warm up than with a warm bowl of soup? Soup has long been considered the antidote to weary tired bodies from physical exertion or illness. The word soup itself...

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3 New Family Farms – on deck!

Three farms on deck for protection Funding conservation easements, those agreements we talk about that make farms stay farms forever – is a challenge because they are costly (think anywhere from $4,000 – 8,000 per acre, plus transaction costs). Fortunately, we have...

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Welcome, Jim Jorgensen

Special Welcome to Jim Jorgensen, New CVFT Board Member Jim Jorgensen, along with his sisters, Joanne and Janice, worked with Central Valley Farmland Trust nearly a decade ago to place a conservation easement on their 300-acre ranch in Gustine. The agreement...

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Delish Eggnog for the Adults!

December is Egg Nog Month (as well as root veggie month)… and why not learn to make the real stuff? With the holidays upon us, a little indulgence is well deserved! We love this recipe from Raley’s for an adult’s-only egg nog drink… simply...

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