Oregon Sustainable Agriculture Land Trust
OSALT holds urban and rural agricultural lands in trust, keeping them in agricultural use by successive generations of growers and stewards, and serves to restore an appreciation of agriculture and to actively participate in developing sustainable agricultural practices and systems through research and education.
Oregon Sustainable Agriculture Land Trust (OSALT) has an integrated, four-fold purpose: to protect rural and urban agricultural lands and keep them in agricultural production; to make those lands available for the use of future generations of growers; to conduct research on those lands into the sustainable production and distribution of agricultural bounty; and to provide education focused on living sustainably.
OSALT was formed by Susan W. Clark and Will Newman II in 1995. It was a response to their thirteen-year, nationwide search to find, and buy, a small farm suitable for organic production. The knowledge gained during that search made it clear to them how difficult it is to find, and buy, farmland, and how little regard our society has for agriculture, agricultural lands, and those who practice the arts of agriculture.