Local farmland is disappearing, fast. In San Mateo County alone, we have lost 35% of our farmland over the last 30 years. If it continues at this rate, there will soon be none left. At POST, we are working to reverse this trend for the benefit of us all. It’s a complex challenge that will involve a combination of land acquisition, legal land protection and strategic investments in farmland infrastructure. After nearly three decades of protecting working lands, POST is ready and we hope you are too.

The Goals

Our FFI campaign goal is to raise $25M to fund farmland protection ($24M) and infrastructure improvements ($1M). To date, POST has raised $10.53M, 42% of our goal. We are incredibly grateful to the supporters who have helped to launch this campaign.

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To make a gift to the Farmland Futures Initiative, contact Linda Chin at lchin [@] openspacetrust.org. 

Where We Work

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How We Do It

POST uses a time-tested methodology for evaluating lands for acquisition and protection. For FFI, we have adapted our traditional evaluation criteria to prioritize agricultural values. Once we’ve done our analysis, we work with willing landowners to purchase the land or to preserve it with legal protections called “conservation easements.” Easements allow the land to stay in agricultural production while removing the threat of development and protecting the natural resources.

On the lands we own, we provide long-term leases to farmers and invest in land improvement projects that are crucial to a viable farming operation. The combination of land preservation, a reliable lease and infrastructure that works ensures that we achieve the conservation outcomes that we all want to see.

Download our Farmland Futures Initiative brochure here.

Success Stories

PROTECTED: Pie Ranch

PROTECTED: Potrero Nuevo Farm

PROTECTED: Blue House Farm in San Gregorio

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PROTECTED: Pebble Beach Farm

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Stewardship Stories: Root Down Barn Ch. 1

Stewardship Stories: Root Down Barn Ch. 2

Save Local Farms for Us All

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