Preserving Farms that Feed the World


Alvernaz Farm

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013

This beautiful farm is located in Merced County near the town of Livingston. In the early 1960’s, Joe Alvernaz purchased this 211 acres of prime farmland which is ideally suited for growing sweet potatoes. Joe and his son Jim rotate the sweet potato plantings with Merced Rye grass. The family decided to protect the farmland from urban encroachment with an agricultural conservation easement, and the land was permanently protected in July 2011....

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Landowner Incentives

Posted by on Sep 15, 2010

The Central Valley Farmland Trust (CVFT) is recognized as a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization by the Internal Revenue Service. This allows landowners under certain situations who place agricultural conservation easements (ACEs) on their property to generate substantive tax benefits. Landowners who elect to sell an ACE to CVFT can utilize the sales proceeds to accomplish several financial and economic goals. Landowners may sell, donate, or sell an ACE at a reduced price (e.g., Bargain Sale). By donating the ACE the owner may generate significant income, estate and property tax benefits. It is important to note that each situation is unique and requires the guidance of a qualified tax adviser. If a landowner sells an ACE the proceeds may be used to retire debt, make improvements to their property, or purchase additional land. Many landowners have taken advantage of the taxed deferred exchange (e.g., IRS code 1031) to acquire additional land. The proceeds may also be used among the siblings to balance the family inheritance. The decision of a landowner to donate or sell an ACE is completely voluntary. Such a...

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Central Valley Farmland Mitigation

Posted by on Oct 17, 2013

The Central Valley Farmland Trust (CVFT) is often the go-to land trust in facilitating the placement of agricultural conservation easements to fulfill farmland mitigation requirements in the Central Valley. This is evidenced by the following:

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Lemon Curd

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015

Lemon Curd Ingredients (makes 2 cups) 3 eggs 1 cup white sugar 1/3 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup butter 2 teaspoons lemon zest   Directions 1. Whisk eggs, sugar, and lemon juice in a double boiler over simmering water until mixed well, then continue to stir until thick, 7 to 10 minutes. 2. Drain through a mesh sieve to get rid of lumps. Fold in butter until well incorporated. Mix in lemon zest. Cover curd and chill in the refrigerator until it has thickened, about 4...

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