MALT is a member-supported non-profit organization that permanently protects working farms in Marin County by purchasing agricultural conservation easements, which is a voluntary legal agreement between MALT and a landowner. MALT easements prohibit non-agricultural residential and commercial development, subdivision, and other uses or practices that are detrimental to sustainable agriculture. MALT easements are perpetual: they remain in effect on the land regardless of change in ownership. www.malt.org
The Marin County Department of Agriculture is accredited by the USDA as an official organic certification agency. MOCA serves the local agricultural community who are promoting sustainable farming practices. The main duty of MOCA is to uphold the standards of the USDA National Organic Program and document/verify operations’ practices of sustainable agriculture. The MOCA program is a local service that promotes productions of organic value-added products by Marin’s family farms.
Their mission is to educate the public about the nutritional and economic benefits of buying locally grown food directly from farmers, and to connect and support communities and agriculture. Their goals include supporting regional sustainable producers by providing them with direct access to consumers, to educate the public about the nutritional and economic benefits of buying locally-grown food directly from farmers, to unite farmers and communities. www.agriculturalinstitute.org