Agricultural easements



Carnadero Preserve
The Carnadero property is 480 acres of prime agricultural land and riparian habitat in the very southern tip of Santa Clara County just east of Hwy 101 and adjacent to the Pajaro River and Carnadero Creek. This land acquisition was a joint effort between SVLC, the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority, The Nature Conservancy, the American Farmland Trust, the Santa Clara Valley Water District, the State of California Department of Conservation and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.  As part of this transaction, the Santa Clara Valley Water District purchased 275 acres for stream mitigation.  It is currently planted mostly in leaf lettuce. This land will remain as farmland in perpetuity.

Dorado Farm
The Dorado Farm is 510 acres of prime agricultural land that is adjacent to the Carnadero Preserve and Mission Organics properties to create a total preserve of 1155 acres at the southern tip of Santa Clara County . The Dorado Farm borders both the Pajaro River and Carnadero Creek. The conservation easement was a joint project of SVLC, the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority, the California Department of Conservation and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. It currently produces mostly red and green leaf lettuce and will be preserved forever.

Mission Organics
SVLC acquired a conservation easement of 170 acres on the Mission Organics Farm. It is adjacent to the Carnadero Preserve property in the southern tip of Santa Clara County and borders Carnadero Creek. It was a joint effort of SVLC, the California Department of Conservation and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. It is currently planted in organic leaf lettuce and other organic vegetables and it will be preserved forever as farmland.

Cooper
The Cooper Family donated a conservation easement to SVLC in order to preserve the agricultural viability of their 40-acre farm.  The property abuts Little Arthur Creek, a known habitat for the federally-listed and threatened steelhead.