In the interest of protecting the working landscapes of Placer County, preserving our agricultural history, and sustaining our local agricultural industry into the future, Placer Land Trust is launching a Small Farm Program, designed to help local farmers and ranchers conserve their land for sustainable agricultural production.
As part of its mission, Placer Land Trust works with willing landowners to permanently preserve agricultural land through the use of agricultural conservation easements. Land conservation with Placer Land Trust is voluntary, but how can the landowner volunteer if they don’t have the information or means to consider conservation?
The goal of the Small Farm Program is help agricultural landowners overcome some of the initial obstacles to land conservation through outreach, education, technical assistance, and pre-project funding.
As with any real product, the Small Farm Program is starting small. But what was just the seed of an idea a couple years ago is now sprouting. The fertile ground for this program is the community of people in Placer County who care about our rural landscape and who enjoy local agricultural products. The growth of the program will depend on word-of-mouth, which like sunshine will shine a light on this program and allow it to grow and expand. Most importantly –like bringing water to the soil – the Small Farm Program will help bring funding from Sacramento and beyond to the working lands of Placer County.
Specific objectives of the Small Farm Program are still being formulated. Depending on the level of funding for the program, Placer Land Trust’s objectives may include the following:
Collaborate with local conservation partners to promote Placer County agriculture and the permanent conservation of our agricultural lands.
Provide landowners with multi-media information about agricultural conservation easements and how they impact the land, the product, the family, and the bottom line.
Meet with landowners to discuss specific issues related to their unique property, product, and family situation – and address any concerns they have about voluntary land conservation.
Provide funding to assist with professional fees associated with appraising and developing an agricultural conservation easement project.
Research grants and philanthropic foundations to identify likely sources of funding for agricultural conservation easement projects.
Facilitate the sustained growth of local agriculture by working outside the region to bring new resources into Placer County.
To learn more – or to offer your support for this program – contact Jeff Darlington at Placer Land Trust, (530) 887-9222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.