Sustainable, working landscapes where conservation is balanced with preservation.
To promote the holistic management of preserved lands through grants to organizations focused mainly in the San Francisco Bay Area.
- Increase the number of current farmers who have access to micro-funding for educational opportunities. To achieve this goal, Gamble Foundation may provide grants to subsidize educational costs.
- Strengthen the supporting safety nets for the next generation of farmers and ranchers so that they are able to successfully make a living while managing land in a sustainable way.
- Increase the number of successful partnerships between landowners and environmentalists thereby increasing the use of a holistic approach to management practices on publicly protected lands.
Conservation seeks the proper use of nature where Preservation seeks protection of nature from use. These approaches seem unnecessarily at odds in a world pressured by growing demands on the existing resource base. Sustainable Agriculture seeks to sustain farmers, resources and communities by promoting management practices and methods that are profitable, environmentally sound, and good for communities. The intersection is a more Holistic Approach, as outlined in the Venn diagram below.
We support Working Landscapes that utilize farming, ranching, and forestry management techniques to both make a profit and provide environmental benefits that support people and the planet in a mutually beneficial way. It is of special interest to the foundation to support a collaborative approach with entrepreneurial solutions that result in economically sustainable, public, open-space landscapes.