This guide has been written for elected officials, planning commissioners, planners, attorneys and community members who are interested in protecting California’s farmland. The guide’s focus is how to conserve farmland. What strategies are available to local government? What are their potential benefits and pitfalls? How are such programs funded?
The Food Service Waste Reduction ordinance, effective June 1, 2007, prohibits any establishment that serves food prepared in San Francisco from using polystyrene foam (Styrofoam) to-go containers. The Ordinance further requires that any containers used be either recyclable or compostable in the City's programs.
The Envision San José 2040 General Plan sets forth a vision and a comprehensive road map to guide the City’s continued growth through the year 2040. The Plan includes land use policies to shape the transformation of strategically identified and historically underutilized Growth Areas into higher-density, mixed-use, urban districts or “Urban Villages” which can accommodate employment and housing growth and reduce the environmental impacts of that growth by promoting transit use and walkability.
This white paper underscores why there is growing consensus that minimizing the future urbanization of agricultural lands and providing long-term protection for these lands are important, if not essential, to achieving California’s greenhouse gas reduction goals.
To help reduce land-use conflicts associated with solar siting, Conservation Biology Institute (CBI), Berkeley Law’s Center for Law, Energy and the Environment (CLEE), and Terrell Watt Planning Associates, with input from the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR), undertook a stakeholder-led process. Initiated in June 2015, the goal was to explore how multiple and diverse parties could quickly (within six months) identify least-conflict lands, including lands that are no longer agriculturally productive, for solar photovoltaic development from their perspectives.
In the pages that follow you will find a compilation of materials from professional sources assisting you in mapping out the complicated succession planning process. The Guidebook identifies key subjects involved in this process and organizes the materials accordingly. In addition to articles and resources, you will also find some worksheets to help you gather your paperwork and think through your goals and wishes, as well as those of your family members.
This report attempts to answer questions asked by the community of Missoula County, Montana, including: how well different types of mitigation are working on the ground; how to calculate a value for conserved lands; how to ensure responsible management of conserved lands; and how mitigation works alongside voluntary land protection measures. The Land Use & Natural Resources Clinic at the has gathered information from seven western communities engaged in regulatory protection of agricultural lands.
Finding affordable land continues to be one of the biggest barriers facing beginning farmers and ranchers. Land trusts, which have long preserved farmland from development, are in a unique position to help new farmers access land. This guide contains nine examples of how land trusts and other conservation groups are working to help farmers and ranchers to accomplish this, and overcome the land barrier.
This guidebook is intended as a resource for local governments that are developing mitigation programs for the conservation of farmland in California. The guidebook thoroughly discusses farmland mitigation policies and implementation strategies. It includes model policies and a model local ordinance. The California Council of Land Trusts developed this guidebook with input from experts in the fields of local governance, agriculture, conservation, law and mitigation.
The California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN) developed this Blueprint, with input from agriculture and climate change experts, to offer recommendations for the design of a state-funded California Program on Agriculture and Climate (CPAC). The Blueprint is intended to:
This study shows that urban land uses generate an average of 58 times more greenhouse gases per acre than the production of California's leading crops. This means that conserving farmland by preventing its development is an effective strategy for alleviating climate change.
The presentations in this session from American Farmland Trust's Farmland, Food and Livable Communities Conference examine the growing national attention on resiliency, food security and health, and how local food, local economies, and food system planning is receiving more attention from planners, policymakers and the general public. Many units of government, from city to multi-state regions, and nonprofit organizations, including foundations, are undertaking foodshed assessments, feasibility studies and plans to envision a more sustainable food system.
This ordinance regulates wineries in Santa Clara County, California.
The purpose of this overview of land tenure models is to widen the scope of options farmers and ranchers can consider in their quests to creatively and affordably secure agricultural land.
The report herein is a summary of key findings from a study done with land trusts and beginning farmer population in coastal California. Findings suggest that there is great potential for these two groups to work together towards mutually beneficial ends. However, a relationship between these two populations will only work if both groups come to the table understanding the needs of the other. This report hopes to introduce the most important factors for collaboration.
Established in 1999, California FarmLink has developed a statewide program of economic development support for beginning, limited-resource, immigrant and other underserved farmers. FarmLink offers an online Land Access Program to connect California landowners and farmers; flexibly structured financing; an Individual Development Account (IDA) program to help beginning, low-resource farmers build business equity; and business support and training. They also can provide tools to help clarify goals and facilitate family discussions about the future of the farm business.
California Agricultural Vision (Ag Vision) was conceived by the California Department of Food & Agriculture and the State Board of Food & Agriculture. The dozen strategies recommended here are to be implemented by 24 specific actions, some to be taken immediately, others over the longer-term after further refinement.
In response to challenges to Suisun Valley’s agricultural industry, the County of Solano (the County) with financial support of the Suisun Valley Fund (the Fund), a joint venture of the City of Fairfield and Solano Irrigation District (SID), hired American Farmland Trust (AFT) to help the farm community articulate a vision of agriculture and identify ways to achieve that vision.
To save water, and to reduce water pollution and greenhouse gases, fruit and vegetable growers can change the way they irrigate and fertilize their crops.To learn why the use of these environmentally beneficial management practices (BMPs) is not more widespread, American Farmland Trust polled and held focus groups with specialty crop growers, asking them what would make it more likely for them to try practices such as micro-drip and alternate furrow irrigation and timed application and precise placement of nitrogen fertilizers.
Saving Farmland, Growing Cities is the latest in a series of AFT updates on what is happening to Valley farmland as its cities grow. It outlines a new framework for land use policy choices that affect farmland and agriculture. It identifies six key challenges that must be addressed to conserve farmland and for each proposes specific, measurable outcomes by which to evaluate success. These performance measures provide a meaningful way to compare policy alternatives and to choose those that can minimize – if not entirely avoid – farmland loss while promoting sustainable community growth.
A model farm share lease agreement used by the California Farm Link program.
This is a model short term crop lease agreement used by California FarmLink.
Roots of Change (ROC) works to develop and support a collaborative network of leaders and institutions in California with interest in establishing a sustainable food system in our state by the year 2030. This network involves food producers, businesses, nonprofits, communities, government agencies, and foundations that share a commitment to changing our food thinking, food markets, and food policies.
Model agricultural conservation easement used by the California Rangeland Trust.
Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAGE) supports urban-edge farming and engages diverse populations in local, sustainable agriculture.
Founded in 2001, SAGE is an entrepreneurial nonprofit that seeks to ensure that multifunctional agriculture – agriculture that provides food and other community benefits – is a key element of regional sustainability planning and that it is implemented on the ground in the San Francisco Bay Area and other regions.
The Urban & Environmental Policy Institute (UEPI) at Occidental College is a multifaceted, social change-oriented Institute consisting of centers, programs and a core staff. UEPI provides a place for faculty, students, organizers, community partners, researchers, and policy analysts to collaborate. Their mission - to help create a more just, livable, and democratic region - provides the backdrop for a wide range of activities and relationships.
Viaion California explores the role of land use and transportation investments in meeting the environmental, fiscal, and public health challenges facing California over the coming decades. The project is producing new scenario development and analysis tools to compare physical growth alternatives.
This white paper identifies the types of difficulties associated with permitting voluntary environmental restoration projects and provides recommendations for their mitigation.
This white paper identifies the types of problems experienced with permitting voluntary environmental restoration projects and provides recommendations for their mitigation.