Adopt an Acre

Located in one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world, Russell Ranch seeks to answer the question: Can we increase sustainability as we increase food production?

Research at Russell Ranch takes the long view on major drivers of agricultural production: energy, water and land resources. Russell Ranch’s Century Experiment is an exploration of the long-term impacts of crop rotation, farming systems (conventional, organic and mixed) and inputs of water, nitrogen, carbon and other inputs on agricultural sustainability.

The goal is to understand the relationships between external inputs and long-term trends in yield, profitability, resource-use efficiency and environmental impacts.

Gifts to the Russell Ranch endowment fund the sustainability of the experiment itself. With continued investment, Russell Ranch is poised to provide critical data that will help feed the world’s growing population while stewarding the environment.

To launch the Russell Ranch Endowment Campaign, we are offering a limited opportunity to adopt an acre at Russell Ranch. Donors are invited to adopt one, or more, of the 72 one-acre plots of the Century Experiment.

For $10,000, a name of your choosing will be associated with an acre in perpetuity. Donors may also choose to support an acre for one year for $1,000. Acre adopters will be invited to the annual Russell Ranch Field Day — an opportunity to see your plot up close — and will receive periodic reports on the Century Experiment, including data on your acre’s crop yields.

As with all endowed funds, gifts from donors are invested in perpetuity. Each year a portion of the investment income is provided to support Russell Ranch. The original gift is never spent, so a donation made today will continue giving for the entire span of the Century Experiment and beyond.

To adopt an acre, complete the response form or contact: 
Melissa Haworth at or (530) 979-1440.