Sierra Harvest is partnering with the Bear Yuba Land Trust, BriarPatch Food Co-op and the Tahoe Food Hub to support farmers and ranchers in achieving long-term land security in our region by protecting farmland forever. Our goal is to identify and protect farmland from development and subdivision, and give farmers and ranchers the land-access they need to invest in thriving agricultural businesses. We aim to preserve land with agricultural conservation easements, long term farm leases, and supporting farm business land ownership. Our goal is to create land that can grow food for our community forever and build security for the next generation of farmers.
Our first project was to protect the 37-acre property on Birchville Rd. that Mountain Bounty Farm had been leasing. We are thrilled to share with you today, Oct. 28, 2020 that this inaugural Forever Farms acquisition has been finalized and the purchase is complete! This land is now all of our land, forever.
Forever Farms will continue to leverage the expertise, skills, resources, and community support of our partner organizations to ensure the protection of local farmland and allow farmers access to land for growing and feeding Nevada County.
Mountain Bounty Farm – A successful Forever Farm
The Birchville purchase includes 10 cultivated acres that produce over 40 different crops, a single-family home plus a 2,400 square foot barn that is accessible to the farmers. The land sits adjacent to the Pine Grove Reservoir that provides the property with irrigation water and fire protection. In addition, the parcel has 20 acres of undeveloped woodlands that offers opportunities for habitat restoration, trails and other types of agriculture.
Watch a short Facebook Live interview with John Tecklin, Mountain Bounty Farm owner, Erika Seward, Bear Yuba Land Trust Executive Director and Molly Nakahara, Sierra Harvest Farm Institute Director share about the Forever Farm Campaign. And listen to an interview with the team on KVMR.