Marin Organic builds community and commitment to local, organic farms and ranches – ensuring that consumers, both today and into the future, place a high value on local organic food and can readily make a choice to access those products.
We were founded in 2001 by an passionate group of farmers, ranchers, and agriculture advisors to put Marin County on the map as a committed organic county. Since then the organic acreage in Marin County has grown from 200 to 20,000. Today we count educators, entrepreneurs, advocates, and parents as collaborators in our quest to ensure that local organic agriculture remains at the core of our region’s identity.
Following 10 successful years of building an organic community in Marin, we reflected through a strategic planning process about where we are going in the next 10 years. The result is an exciting and solid program focus shaped around three core areas.
- We provide experiential learning programs for youth and adults. We believe that experiencing an organic farm and connecting directly with farmers is a key step in deepening understanding and commitment our organic farms and ranches.
- Farm Field Studies is our on-farm education program for K-12 youth in the Bay Area
- Public Farm Tours provide learning opportunities for families and professional groups
- Food for Thought is our author, film and speaker series
- Farmer Dinners create opportunities to dine with organic producers at local restaurants
- We foster direct relationships between organic producers, restaurants, and consumers in the Bay Area. We believe these direct relationships strengthen commitment and support for local organic farms.
- Producer Members Program engages and assists local organic producers
- Business Member Program supports local restaurants and food retailers
- Friends Member Program provides opportunity for individuals and families to join the community
- We increase access to local organic agricultural products, especially for those with few opportunities to regularly enjoy them.
- Gleaning takes a volunteer corps into organic fields to collect unused produce and delivers it to local food banks and schools.
- Sow a Row matches organic farmers with local schools to grow specific organic crops for use in their meals
2011 Annual Report
A Decade of Organic Local Food
Peggy Smith, President
Sara Tashker, Vice-President
Green Gulch Farm
Carol Kneiss, Treasurer
Bank of Marin
Mark Dowie, Secretary
Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company
New Resource Bank
Drake's Bay Family Farms