San Benito Agricultural Land Trust

San Juan Bautista, CA   |  www.sanbenitolandtrust.org

Mission

The Mission of the San Benito Agricultural Land Trust is to conserve regionally significant lands that sustain productive agriculture, preserve open space, and maintain the rural character of the county.

Ruling year info

1994

President

Ms Emily M. Renzel

Main address

PO BOX 145

San Juan Bautista, CA 95045 USA

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EIN

77-0338085

NTEE code info

Farmland Preservation (K25)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Prime agricultural land is always threatened by expanding development in the County. The best soils are often the easiest place to develop. Farms and ranches produce food and also provide open space, groundwater recharge, and wildlife habitat. The people of San Benito County appreciate our agricultural heritage and our organization provides one means of protecting these lands, the industry, and the food security.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Agricultural conservation easements

The San Benito Agricultural Land Trust is devoted to providing financial options to farmers and ranchers in order to protect the agricultural heritage of San Benito County. The Trust can protect land permanently and directly by accepting conservation easements designed to meet the individual needs of farmers and ranchers. As a non-profit, private, tax-exempt organization, the trust is funded through membership, donations and grants.

Population(s) Served
Farmers

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Number of acres of land protected

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2021 additions: 540-acre in fee ranch 25-acre easement on prime organic farm

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our principal goal is to protect and preserve agricultural land in San Benito County for food production and also for open space. As a land trust we are also mindful of our role as a responsible steward of lands and easements we hold and are working to sustain these activities.

Our immediate strategy is to seek and receive accreditation with the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission. We are strengthening our policies and procedures. We have formed a Fund Development Committee to increase our fund raising capacity, including increasing our donor base. We sought and received several private, state, and federal conservation grants. We hired our first employee and retained one part-time contractor. We expanded our Board of Directors.

Our hard-working volunteer board members all participate in our committees. We doubled our donor base and continue working to expand on that progress. We publish monthly articles in the San Juan Bautista Mission Village Voice and in the countywide online news site, Benitolink, to inform the public of the importance of agriculture to our County and to raise awareness of various aspects of managing farms and rangelands.

We continue to educate ranchers and farmers about conservation easements. We have protected over 6700 acres of agricultural land and are actively adding to that accomplishment.

In 2018, our Board held a strategic planning retreat and we determined that to be effective we needed to engage part-time contract staff, seek national accreditation through the Land Trust Alliance’s (LTA) program, and engage in public relations activity. We hired two consultants part time for two years. We held a follow-up online strategic planning retreat in July 2020 and reiterated our goals and wrote a new 2-year Strategic Plan. As of January 1, 2021 we have hired one of our consultants as a part-time Executive Director. We have completed LTA requirements and we were accredited in February 2022. We are fortunate to have received several capacity building grants, and we are increasing our fund raising activity so we can retain our employee and contract staff person. We engaged an accounting firm to conduct our first official financial review. In partnership with Trust for Public Land, we will receive title in December 2022 to a 540-acre ranch adjoining our other 522-acre fee title ranch. We completed Phase I and are currently in the final stage of acquiring Phase II of the conservation easements on 50 acres of prime farmland, funded by mitigation funds and state and federal grants.

Financials

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San Benito Agricultural Land Trust

Board of directors
as of 3/25/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms Emily Renzel

Paul Hain

Emily Renzel

Michael Reeves

Rick Carpenedo

Jessica Brem

Laura Naccarato

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/11/2021

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Leadership

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
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Person without a disability

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