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The Northcoast Regional Land Trust is a nonprofit organization with a focus of protecting land and water on nearly five million acres on California’s North Coast encompassing Humboldt, Del Norte, and Trinity Counties. Find out more About us.

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Farm Stand and Nursery Space Available



Request for Applications for Farm Stand Tenant at Freshwater Farms Reserve

The Northcoast Regional Land Trust is seeking a new farm stand tenant who will assist us in maintaining Freshwater Farms Reserve as a safe and welcoming place, provide our community access to locally grown foods, and conduct operations consistent with local and state regulations and in compliance with our lease.

 Available beginning February 2022, the leased area includes a 12’ x 34’ building designated for use as a farm stand and associated storage, a 30’ x 60’ greenhouse/nursery building roofed with clear polycarbonate panels, an 11’ x 60’ storage area in the main barn, and one acre of agricultural land that can be used for a combination of livestock pasture, annual row crops, or perennial crops. The base rental rate is $850/month. Prospective tenants will have the following optional areas available to add to their lease:

  • Additional storage space in the main barn ($0.20/sq. ft./month)
  • Additional land may be available depending on acreage and proposed usage

Our ideal candidate has:

  • A genuine interest and enthusiasm for conservation of wild and working lands
  • An interest in being part of a publicly accessible property and engaging with a wide array of visitors
  • The ability to communicate clearly and effectively with a diverse range of people
  • The ability to maintain professional and collaborative working relationships with the Land Trust, other tenants on the property, and members of the public
  • A clear vision for how the leased area will be used
  • Experience with agricultural production, business management, and customer relations
  • The ability to work with sensitivity and without discrimination towards peoples of diverse perspectives, cultures, races/ethnicity, socio-economic positions, ages, religions, genders, physical/mental challenges/disabilities, and sexual orientations


The tenant would either need to run the farm stand in conformance with the definition of roadside farm stand under Humboldt County Coastal Zoning Regulation § 313- or else obtain the appropriate permits through the county, state, and/or CA Coastal Commission. Tenant will be required to carry, at a minimum, commercial general liability insurance in the amount of $1 million. No cannabis inquiries.

Application instructions:

Please submit a 1-2 page proposal describing your plan for the farm stand and any additional areas you are interested in leasing. Please describe when you are seeking to begin your lease, length of term, along with why you are interested in being a stewardship partner with the Northcoast Regional Land Trust. Be sure to include your full name, mailing address, phone number and email. Your proposal, and any questions you may have, should be submitted via email to info@ncrlt.org by November 30, 2021.  From there, prospective tenants will be evaluated based on the information provided and selected candidates will be asked to complete a commercial lease application.

Please do not disturb the current farm stand tenant whose term expires on 12/31/2021 -- the property will not be shown until after the lease term ends.

About us:

The Northcoast Regional Land Trust is a local non-profit organization with a focus on conserving our region’s wild and working lands.  Located between Eureka and Arcata, Freshwater Farms Reserve is the Land Trust’s ambassador property and demonstration site where agricultural production, public access, and wildlife habitat co-exist. 

Northcoast Regional Land Trust Seeks Public Comment for Accreditation Renewal

In 2013, the Northcoast Regional Land Trust (NRLT) was fully accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.  Now, five years later, NRLT is pleased to announce that it is applying for accreditation renewal.  A public comment period is now open for any feedback from our landowner and funding partners, NRLT supporters and other members of the public.
The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever.  The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs.  “We know from going through the Accreditation process five years ago,” commented NRLT Board member Rees Hughes, “that it strengthened our policies and internal processes and made us more competitive in our efforts to attract high quality projects and secure easement funding.”
Executive Director, Dan Ehresman observed, “Because the Northcoast Regional Land Trust is committed to existing in perpetuity, it is critical that we maintain the strongest of foundations. Accreditation ensures that we adhere to the highest of standards towards the permanent protection of the land and natural resources that we all depend on.” 
The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how the Northcoast Regional Land Trust complies with national quality standards.  These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust.  For the full list of standards see http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/help-and-resources/indicator-pract....

To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org, or email your comment to info@landtrustaccreditation.org.  Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments: (fax) 518-587-3183; (mail) 36 Phila Street, Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
Comments on the Northcoast Regional Land Trust’s application will be most useful by April 30, 2018.

Stewardship Day at Freshwater Farms Reserve - Sunday, February 18th

Whether you're a veteran visitor or a new North Coast neighbor, we invite you to join us this Sunday, February 18th at Freshwater Farms Reserve for a fun morning on the Freshwater Nature Trail. The 3/4 mile trail winds its way around the perimeter of the property along Freshwater Slough, providing scenic views of the surrounding pasture land and the restored tidal wetland beyond. Visitors of all ages can walk the trail, canoe the slough, or enjoy the wildlife year-round, sun-up to sun-down.

Maintaining this community asset is a community effort and we invite you to take part!

Limited tools are available, please bring gloves and a trowel or loppers, if possible.

Snacks will be provided!

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