Marin County
University of California
Marin County

Sustainable Agriculture

As Sustainable Ag Coordinator for Marin County, I help connect producers to resources here and afield to increase the long-term viability of Marin farms and ranches as well as the health of our environment and communities. In collaboration with the larger UCCE family, I provide workshops and trainings and also conduct outreach to the ag community through newsletters and published materials that highlight new, sustainable approaches to agriculture.

As Agricultural Ombudsman, I help farmers and ranchers grapple with local, state, and county regulations. I assist with questions related to permitting of new enterprises and modifications to existing agricultural operations and provide general education regarding ag-specific regulations in the county. I also participate in stakeholder dialogue around new and existing rules to ensure that policy-makers have access to the agricultural perspective.

Additionally, I have been farming since 2010, working with operations from the Sierra Foothills to the Central Coast of California and now in Sonoma County. I have managed crews on multiple farms, growing for farmers markets, CSAs, restaurants and farmstands. At my own farm, we grow primarily for the restaurant trade, raising a diversity of greens, storage crops and orchard fruit.

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It is a pleasure to serve the agricultural community in Marin County and work with some of the finest farmers and ranchers in the country.

Vince Trotter 
Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator 
tvtrotter@ucanr.edu 
415-473-4204

Sustainable Agriculture Resources

Our companion website growninmarin.org is a comprehensive resource available for Agriculture in Marin County. It provides an wealth of information for farmers and ranchers as well as the non-farming public that wants to know more about agriculture in this county. Visit growninmarin.org for:

  • Factsheets and workshop materials specific to Marin agriculture and the needs of our industry. 
  • Links to University of California resources as well as information from other organizations on meat, dairy, and specialty crop production, including both farming and business practices 
  • Ranch Listings of organic and sustainable producers who market to the public
  • History of Marin agriculture including videosphotos and educational materials for teachers 
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