Marin Ag Organizations
Local agriculture in Marin receives assistance from numerous local agencies and organizations. Working in partnership, these collaborating organizations bring solutions to the obstacles that Marin's farmers and ranchers encounter. To learn more about each of these partners, please go to:
Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) works with farming families to permanently preserve Marin County farmland for agricultural use, helping to ensure the food and stunning landscape that flourish in Marin will endure for people now and in the future. MALT recently acquired its 73rd agricultural conservation easement--a legal agreement between the landowner and MALT that prohibits non-agricultural development, subdivision, and use--on the 623-acre Rocky Canyon Ranch. The Thacher family has owned and operated this sheep and cattle ranch since 1963. Nestled in the northern reaches of Chileno Valley near the confluence of Walker and Chileno creeks, this ranch provides valuable habitat and productive, expansive rangelands. Rocky Canyon Ranch is the first agricultural land protected with Marin County sales tax revenue from voter-approved Measure A, making the agricultural conservation easement not only historic, but a true testament to the vision and commitment of the County’s residents.
In addition to diligently working on obtaining new agricultural conservation easements, MALT's stewardship staff continues to offer professional support and funding to farms and ranches that the organization has already protected, including assistance with drought mitigation, fencing, water development, pasture improvement and weed management.