Positive Impacts for the Environment

With the county acquisition of the San Geronimo property there is a unique opportunity to  create a community based regenerative farming model which can complement and enhance creek restoration. In addition to increasing local food and fiber production, other benefits include bringing the soil back to health and improving water retention. This model can also help with the County’s goals for carbon drawdown using sequestration practices and lowering Marin’s carbon footprint while mitigating climate disruption.

Positive Impacts for the Community

In addition to environmental benefits, this model also provides diverse educational opportunities for the nearby Lagunitas School as well as being an incubator for young farmers.

Positive Impacts for the Local Economy

According to the Countywide Plan, the Inland rural corridor, which includes the San Geronimo Valley, “is primarily designated for agriculture and other compatible uses”.  The property has plentiful Blucher Cole soil types which are very rare in Marin and very important for crop production. While there are already 2500 acres of open space in San Geronimo Valley alone, there are only 300 acres of row crops county-wide and that includes wine grapes.

 
We are a long way from providing for our own food security.
— Constance Washburn, former education director for MALT