Marin Organic: www.MarinOrganic.org
In addition to promoting local organic agriculture, Marin
Organic has many projects that address environmental issues, such as Salmon
Safe certification and a popular farmer education workshop series, as well
as a variety of programs which focus on community health, such as its Organic
School Lunch Program and a CSA box program in an under served community
in Marin. Marin Organic is an association of organic producers in Marin
County whose livelihood is based on a respect for nature and a sense of
place. As the primary link between farmers and eaters, Marin Organic is
committed to creating the first all-organic county in the nation; a county
in which growers and the people who rely on them recognize their mutual
Marin Farmers Markets: www.marinfarmersmarket.org
A wonderful, delectable outdoor experience: local and
California farmers, ranchers and food purveyors all in one location!
Sample and buy fruits, vegetables, cheeses, breads, sweets, and
other wonderful foods made by many small and family owned businesses.
Ask questions and learn about the food and the seasons. Include
a visit to the crafts section. Listen to music and entertainment.
An event for all ages, especially children who love to meet the
farmers and sample foods that they wouldn't eat at home! Visit MCFMA
Markets web page to see a list of locations and hours.
Join A CSA: Community Supported Agriculture:
explains a CSA as follows: "Many
farms offer produce subscriptions, where buyers receive a weekly or monthly
basket of produce, flowers, fruits, eggs, milk, coffee, or any sort of
different farm products.
"A CSA is a way for the food buying public to create a relationship
with a farm and to receive a weekly basket of produce. By making a financial
commitment to a farm, people become "members" (or "shareholders," or "subscribers")
of the CSA. Most CSA farmers prefer that members pay for the season up-front,
but some farmers will accept weekly or monthly payments. Some CSAs also
require that members work a small number of hours on the farm during
the growing season."
Locate CSA's in your area: Go to www.LocalHarvest.com and
type in your zip code and state to see the CSAs you can support in your
A CSA in Petaluma that serves Novato is Canvas Ranch. To learn about
their local harvest, go to www.canvasranch.com
Marin Agricultural Land Trust
MALT was the first land trust in the United States to focus on farmland
preservation. Founded in 1980 by a coalition of ranchers and environmentalists
to preserve farmland in Marin County, California, MALT acquires agricultural
conservation easements on farmland in voluntary transactions with landowners.
MALT also encourages public policies that support and enhance agriculture.
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