The Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust works with farmers and the community so that future generations in the Bay Area have a local source of food.
BALT preserves productive agricultural land with a successful farmland conservation program and promotes local farming with through the Buy Fresh Buy Local regional marketing campaign. BALT has been instrumental in reforming County zoning to support a sustainable economic future for Contra Costa farmers. Together with local government and other community-based organizations, BALT is creating food connections between Brentwood farmers and their urban neighbors.
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Board of Directors
Tom Powers, Chairman. Tom, a lawyer and former four-term member of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors (1976-1990), currently farms 50 acres of wine grapes and olives in the Alahmabra Valley in Central Contra costa County. He is currently the chairman of the Contra Costa County Agricultural Advisory Task Force.
Tom Bloomfield, Vice-Chairman. A founding Board member of BALT, Tom is a third generation East Contra Costa farmer. He also serves on the County Agricultural Advisory Task Force and the Contra Costa Resource Conservation District Board of Directors. Tom farms over 200 acres of wine grapes, 400 acres of alfalfa, and 10 acres of cherries.
Janet Caprile, Secretary. Janet has been the UC Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor in Contra Costa County of 18 years. The focus of her research and extension work has been promoting sustainability among the wide diversity of growers. Janet has also served on numerous local task forces to encourage agricultural viability and resolve agricultural-urban interface issues. She is currently the Vice Chair of the Contra Costa County Agricultural Advisory Task Force.
Jon Harvey, Director. Jon is a retired engineer. In addition to serving on the BALT Board, Jon is the Chairman of the East Alameda County Board of Zoning Adjustments. Jon is also a Board member of Greenbelt Alliance, a non-profit that protects open spaces throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Previously, Jon served as Board member of the Tri-Valley Conservancy, a land trust that preserves farmland and open space in the Livermore area.
Patrick Johnston, Director. Patrick is the managing partner at Dwelley Farms, an 800-acre diversified fruit and vegetable farm in Brentwood. Patrick manages Dwelley Farm’s expansion into organic production.
Kathryn Lyddan, Consultant. Kathryn was hired in June 2003 as BALT's executive director. Prior to her work at BALT, Lyddan was an attorney in the public finance department of Cox, Castle & Nicholson. Kathryn was a 2008 Roots of Change Fellow, serving on the Local Food Systems Working Group, and a member of Mayor Gavin Newsom's San Francisco Foodshed Urban-Rural Roundtable.