Bay Nature magazineOctober-December 2008

Farming and Ranching

MALT’s Dolcini Ranch Purchase

October 1, 2008

In West Marin, the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) has purchased an agricultural conservation easement on the 585-acre Dolcini Ranch, a property the land trust has been seeking to protect for over a decade. Located eight miles south of Petaluma, the farm has been in the same family for nearly a century and currently supports ranching, organic row crops, and a small nursery. With its open fields, Victorian-era farmhouse, red barns, and clusters of live oaks, the ranch seems like a postcard from California’s rural past. Now, it also represents a commitment to the state’s agricultural future.

A grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture contributed about one quarter of the $2,680,000 purchase price, but most of the funds came from individual MALT supporters. With this investment, the Dolcinis can continue as the ranch’s stewards for decades to come.

About the Author

Writer Aleta George trained as a Jepson Prairie docent in 2009. In addition to writing Bay Nature's Ear to the Ground column, she has written for Smithsonian, High Country News, and the Los Angeles Times.

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