River Garden Farms
about the project
Giant Garter Snake, Riparian Landbird, Swainson's Hawk
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River Garden Farms is a 15,000-acre farm located just north of Knight’s Landing on the west side of the Sacramento River. It grows a variety of crops including rice, sunflowers, tomatoes, safflower, wheat, alfalfa and walnuts.
Many of these crops provide critical habitat for species the Exchange works with like Swainson’s hawk and giant garter snake, both of which have been sighted on the farm. The property also provides key habitat along the Sacramento River for species like chinook salmon and riparian landbirds.
River Garden Farms has undertaken a number of conservation actions in the past, including a riparian restoration project along one of their large canals and a juvenile salmon rearing pilot project. Roger Cornwell, the farm's general manager, plans to continue to pursue conservation practices, making the farm a functional model for how to reconcile habitat with agricultural production.
in their words
“My family lives here on the ranch, so sustainability to me is just generational. You want to provide a safe place for your kid and their kids and farther down the road… You never want to hurt the place where your roots are.”
Scoring Habitat Attributes
The HQT tracks a number of habitat attributes that are important to the species. Over time, restoration actons will improve these attributes and benefit our target species. We track progess against our projections below.