In a recent five year period, Nevada County lost 40% of its agricultural land – that’s 28,000 acres. Sierra Harvest is working towards preserving agricultural lands and helping connect farmers to long-term, affordable leases, to preserve our farmland and increase our access to local food.
THE LAND BANK
Are you a farmer or rancher looking for land to start or expand your business? Our Land Bank is a community resource to help create more local farms. Land owners who want to host a small scale, ecological farm can post details about their property. Local farmers, looking for land, can search the land-bank and look for a potential farms site that suits their own needs. The Land Bank also provides a place for local neighborhoods to connect around the creation of shared community gardens. Curious about how it works? Visit the Land Bank or schedule an appointment with our staff to learn more about your options.
California FarmLink works to link independent farmers and ranchers to the land and financing they need for a sustainable future. Since 1999, FarmLink has helped more than 1,500 beginning, limited-resource, immigrant, and underserved farmers start and grow successful farm businesses through two key programs: Access to Land and Access to Capital. FarmLink hosts one of the nation’s most comprehensive farmland linking services, and provides crucial funding to small-scale growers through its innovative farmer-friendly loan program. Read more about California FarmLink.
The Bear Yuba Land Trust
Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) is a private, non-profit, membership-supported organization that works to promote voluntary conservation of the region’s natural, historical and agricultural legacy. Currently, BYLT has conserved 10,000 acres of forest, meadow and farmland, including the creation of 10 new preserves and has built more than 35 miles of trails. The Land Trust is working collaboratively with Sierra Harvest on their “Land for Farms” initiative. Read more about BYLT.