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American Farmland Trust wishes to thank all those who helped assemble this portfolio of stewardship case studies. First and foremost, we thank the farmers and ranchers who are setting an example of environmental stewardship for sharing their stories and helping us understand the often-complicated agricultural practices they have adopted. Steve Shaffer, our environmental consultant, was primarily responsible for selecting the case studies and overseeing their preparation by our team of student interns: Adria Arko, Alannah Kull and Ethan Lockwood. A number of organizations and individuals were instrumental in introducing us to the producers featured here and in otherwise helping shape this project. We highly value these collaborators and their contributions:

  • Karen Buhr and Heather Nichols, California Association of Resource Conservation Districts
  • Amrith Gunasekara, California Department of Food and Agriculture
  • Serena Coltrane-Briscoe, Ag Innovations Network
  • Lisa Lurie, Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County
  • Julie Fallon, Cachuma Resource Conservation District
  • Karen Sweet, Sand County Foundation
  • Billy Gatlin, California Cattlemen's Association
  • Eric Holst, Environmental Defense Fund

Finally, we thank Greg Plotkin, AFT California communications specialist, for overseeing the production of this portfolio; Stuart Eldridge at Capitol Graphics in Sacramento for printing it; and the Adams Legacy Foundation for the generous financial support that made it all possible.

About American Farmland Trust

American Farmland Trust is a national, nonprofit conservation founded in 1980 to conserve farmland, promote environmentally sound farming practices and help keep farmers on the land. In California, AFT concentrates on minimizing the impact of urban sprawl on farmland; on improving irrigation and nutrient management practices that can reduce greenhouse gases and water use, and that improve water quality; and on promoting regional food systems that offer agricultural producers more market opportunities and consumers more healthy food choices. For more information, please visit www.farmland.org/California or our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AFTCalifornia


Farm and Ranch Case Studies

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