Farms and ranches

Photo of mountain in Hawaii

Cascading from the mountain peaks of the Koʻolau down to fertile soils, the life-giving lands that make up Kāneʻohe Pali (cliffs) to Loʻi (wetland taro fields), formed one of the largest traditional Hawaiian agricultural complexes on Oʻahu. The Trust for Public Land is assisting the Kāne‘ohe community, local farming nonprofits, and the State to protect approximately 1,000 acres in Kāne‘ohe, O‘ahu.

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Autumn officially begins on September 21—at least according to the calendar. But for generations of families in Windsor, Connecticut, it’s not really fall until it’s time to visit to Brown’s Harvest, a historic farm on...

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For farm workers in eastern Washington, the start of fall means the end of the cherry season—and the conclusion of a long, hot summer harvest. 

“Cherries come on fast, and they have to be picked fast, and then they’re done,” says Teresa Bendito, a lifelong resident of Wenatchee, a small...

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Desolation Wilderness in eastern California is one of the most visited wilderness areas in the country. It’s easy to see why: a big, rugged expanse of sun-baked Sierra granite, twisted pines, and placid mountain lakes, Desolation welcomes hikers, backpackers, and climbers hungry for an escape....

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When Josiah Austin bought Cienega Ranch 25 years ago, it was in rough shape. The 19,000-acre spread on the Arizona-Mexico border takes its name from the cienega, or grassy marsh, that used to fill the valley floor, a lively green oasis in an otherwise austere landscape.

“But by...

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Residents of Stonington, Connecticut, fought a long campaign to conserve Coogan Farm—a peaceful, rural property on the banks of the Mystic River. Once the land was successfully protected in 2013,...

Photo of MA’O Organic Farm Palikea Expansion

MA'O Organic Farm is located along the Wai'anae Coast on O'ahu in one of Hawai'i's poorest and most under-served communities. Substance abuse, homelessness, and crime are serious problems, as are preventable, diet-related diseases such as diabetes.

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As in many cities around the country, low-income neighborhoods in Boston are burdened with high unemployment rates and limited access to healthy food. Together, these factors contribute to a local food crisis that disproportionately affects the city's most vulnerable people.

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In 2017, The Trust for Public Land acquired a conservation easement on the 14,000-acre Wilson Creek Ranch in Agate, Colorado, building on a partnership with the Colorado Cattlemen's Agricultural Land Trust that has preserved over 20,000-acres of working agricultural land on Colorado's eastern plains. Funding for the transaction was provided by the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund and the Natural Resources Conservation Service's Regional Conservation Partnership Program.

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Highway 285 winds westward through the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains from Denver. At the Chaffee County line a sign declares, “Welcome to Chaffee County … Now this is Colorado”—and on the long descent from Trout Creek Pass it’s easy to see why. A broad bend in the road unmasks a panorama of...

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