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2018 Accomplishments

Thank you for protecting the land that sustains us.

In 2018, we protected five at-risk Marin ranches – Furlong Ranch in Marshall, Bianchini Ranch in Point Reyes Station, J. McIsaac Ranch in Nicasio, Luiz Ranch in Galinas Valley and Millerton Creek Ranch in Point Reyes. Thanks to your support, their combined 3,711 acres will remain farmland, forever.


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Protected ranches provide coho habitat


In December 2017, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) was searching for various locations throughout the Walker Creek Watershed to release adult coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch), part of an ongoing partner effort with Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) to increase existing populations of the once-abundant species in the watershed.



2017 Accomplishments

In 2017, we protected three at-risk Marin ranches – Dolcini-Beltrametti Ranch in Hicks Valley, Stanley Martinelli Ranch in Point Reyes Station and Evans Nicasio Ranch in Nicasio. Thanks to your support, their combined 1,920 acres will remain farmland, forever.



Little Wing Farm on Black Mountain Ranch

Thursday through Sunday, Molly Myerson stocks the Little Wing Farm stand on MALT-protected Black Mountain Ranch with fresh seasonal produce and flowers, including tomatoes, carrots, onions, basil, cucumbers, zucchini, green and purple string beans and padrón peppers, a West Marin favorite.



Ranches & Rolling Hills 20th Anniversary

On May 20 and 21 in Nicasio, we celebrated the 20th year of the Ranches & Rolling Hills Art Show & Sale.



The Beauty and the Bounty of Marin Farmland

In 2016, MALT supporters saved Gallagher North Bend Ranch in Point Reyes Station and Wilson Hill Road Ranch in West Petaluma. This video captures what it means to protect farmland and stand for sustainability. Your local action and support is what protects rural West Marin's beautiful and bountiful farmland.


stand for our land

In 2015, MALT supporters saved Fallon Ranch and strengthened the protection on Barinaga Ranch and Poncia Ranch. But saving farmland is just the beginning. See what we can accomplish together when you stand with MALT to protect the farms, food and families of West Marin.

Science Today: Sustainable Family Farming

What does sustainable farming mean to those who practice it?

Hear from MALT Executive Director Jamison Watts and ranchers Loren Poncia of Stemple Creek Ranch, Marissa Thornton of Thornton Ranch and Peter Martinelli of Paradise Valley Ranch


Sustainable Family Farming


Special thanks to the California Academy of Sciences for producing and sharing this video.

Beyond Rolling Hills

MALT protects more than beautiful views. In 2014, MALT supporters enabled us to save three more hard-working ranches and helped Marin's farmers weather California's historic drought. Take a look at the landscapes, local food and dedicated community of farmers that you've helped protect.

Music: "Storm's Comin' In" by Alison Harris and the Barn Owls. Recorded at Walker Road School House, Two Rock, CA.


Beyond Rolling Hills

Farms Need Friends

Can you imagine what this country would look like if every farming community had friends like you? Take a peek at the beautiful and productive farmland that you helped preserve in 2013.

Music: "Maple's Lament" and "Sophie's House" by Laurie Lewis.

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Meet the Locals

Our local food wouldn't exist without local farmers.

A Film by Luis Peña. "This Land Is Your Land" by Sadie & Emmi Peña, written by Woodie Guthrie.


The Story of MALT

In this five-minute documentary, biologist and MALT co-founder Phyllis Faber tells the story of MALT's founding. The short film was conceived and generously funded by former MALT Board Member and Partners for Preservation donor Haynes Lindley, Jr. MALT is thankful to Mr. Lindley and his family for their support of MALT and of this important documentary project.



Straus Family Creamery

Maybe you've tasted their yummy organic ice cream, yogurt, butter and milk — now you can see the dairy operation in action. You'll also learn a bit about Ellen Straus, one of the cofounders of MALT.


Cowgirl Creamery

Artisan cheese superstars Peggy Smith and Sue Conley, who serves as Chair of MALT's Board of Directors, talk about the new synergy between local food producers and local farmers.


Giacomini Ranch & Point Reyes Blue Cheese

Learn about the new generation of Marin dairy ranchers. The Giacomini family is at the forefront of the farmstead cheese movement, a way for local dairies to create new markets for their products.


Jensen Ranch - Tomales

The Jensen Ranch in Tomales is one of the oldest continuously operating ranches in Marin County. Fifth-generation rancher Bill Jensen talks about raising and marketing sheep.


Chileno Valley Ranch - Mike & Sally Gale

Sally Gale talks about her family's rich history in the Chileno Valley. She and her husband Mike continue the legacy with grass-fed beef, apple orchards and fresh eggs from their happy hens.