Marin Organic

We’ve come a long way in ten years. Please join us in commemorating a decade of local organic food by making a contribution to Marin Organic today. See where we’ve been, and where we’re headed, by reading below. We didn’t get here alone, and cannot do it without you.

Over the past decade, Marin Organic has worked tirelessly with stakeholders throughout the region to advance and promote organic agriculture and food production in Marin. In collaboration with our partners, we have reached many milestones since 2001, from an increase of 400 to 20,000 acres in certified organic acreage, a school lunch program that provides access to locally produced, nutritious ingredients for 10,000 children every week, and a countywide ban on planting GMO crops, to name just a few. Ten years ago, Marin County’s organic agricultural industry comprised just 6% of the county’s total agricultural production and was valued at $3.3 million. Today, it is valued at nearly $18 million – one-third of the county’s entire agricultural production. Now that’s a milestone!

The most significant impact of all these accomplishments, however, is unquantifiable. From fertile soil to clean water and clear air, Marin is not just visually stunning, it is home to thriving ecosystems, teeming with wildlife and checkered with vibrant farms and ranches. Farmers markets, grocery store shelves and menus at local restaurants abound with local, organic products from Marin Organic producers. Even lunch trays at local schools and boxes at the county’s food pantries brim with healthy ingredients gleaned and donated by Marin Organic – 160,000 pounds to date.

Indeed, the last ten years have been transformational. Thanks to the vision and hard work of Marin Organic’s founders and producers, as well as many dedicated stakeholders and Friends, we have turned what were once scattered dots on a map into an inter-connected food system offering both producers and consumers a thriving market for local, organic food options, and a healthy environment in which to work, live and play.

And we’ve only just begun…

In the next decade, Marin Organic will continue developing and improving the critical components of a local food system that nourishes our health, protects the environment and bolsters our local economy. We cannot do it alone! Join us in making the next ten years as revolutionary as the first. Your donation today will help us to:

Marin Organic co-founders Albert Straus, Straus Family Creamery (the first organic
creamery west of the Mississippi) and Sue Conley, Cowgirl Creamery (producers of
high quality organic cheeses).

expand consumer education about the benefits of local, organic food production

provide one-on-one support and develop new markets for farmers, ranchers and food producers

increase the reach of our farm-to-school programs and service to low-income communities, and

further our partnerships on ground-breaking projects such as the Farmer Veteran Coalition, Marin Carbon Project and West Marin Compost, to name a few.

In 2005, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla visited Marin County to experience
our local organic food and agriculture. They are seen here at the Point Reyes
Farmers Market, of which Marin Organic is the fiscal sponsor.

Join us in commemorating our 10th Anniversary by making a one-time donation or becoming a Friend of Marin Organic.

Friend memberships range from just $40/year ($5/month) per family, to Full Tilth Friends who receive a private tour for 10 people at a Marin Organic farm, ranch or artisan operation. At all levels in between, Friends enjoy savory benefits, and every Friend of Marin Organic receives exclusive discounts and invitations to members-only events. For details about becoming a Friend of Marin Organic today, click here.

For more about our achievements and milestones over the past decade, read the letter from Marin Organic President, Peggy Smith, and Executive Director, Adrienne Baumann, to our supporters and Friends, announcing our 10th Anniversary!

Together, we can continue to sow the seeds of a food system in which everyone and everything thrives.

Marin Organic’s logo has become the symbol of high quality, organic food grown by our 40 organic producers.

About Us

Marin Organic is a bold new concept for preserving farmland and farming as a way of life in our region, focused on environmental soundness and economic profitability.

It was developed by an association of farmers, ranchers, agriculture advisors and marketing experts to serve Marin County’s producers and consumers.

It is supported by the UC Cooperative Extension, Office of the Agricultural Commissioner, Marin County Board of Supervisors, Marin Agricultural Land Trust, Marin Food Policy Council, and consumers throughout the county.

Our Mission

Marin Organic is a cooperative association of Marin County organic producers whose livelihood is based on a respect for nature and a sense of place.

We understand the importance – ecological, social, and economic – of bringing the field closer to the table.

Therefore, we are dedicated to continually improving our farming practices, promoting the ethical, creative, and patient enterprise of sustainable agriculture, and encouraging a preference for locally produced food.

Our Goals


1. Local Farmer Support : We offer education, knowledge and resources for Marin County organic and non-organic agricultural producers that improve their farming and management practices economically, environmentally and socially.

2. Marketing Local Products : We create an expanded market share for organic food produced in Marin County through marketing and public education.

3. Public Outreach and Education : We build public and governmental support for sustainable food systems by producing exceptional food, public education campaigns and special events.

4. Environmental Resource Preservation : We offer and manage programs that help Marin County producers meet and exceed government organic standards, as a fundamental component of environmental protection.

5. Alliances and Coalitions : We establish and strengthen relationships with businesses, government, and other organizations such as member producers, farming associations, restaurants, schools and environmental groups in order to promote local, organic agriculture.

6. Organizational Capacity : We primarily create the resources required to accomplish the organization’s mission in Marin County, and further build Marin Organic’s capacity to serve as a model on a regional, state, national and international level.

Board of Directors

Peggy Smith, President – Cowgirl Creamery

Todd Koons, Vice President – Epic Roots

Stacey Smith, Treasurer – Senior Knowledge Leader, Social Responsibility, LRN

Janet Brown – Allstar Organics

Mark Dowie, Secretary – Journalist

Jill Giacomini – Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company

Don Gilardi – RedHill Farms

Carol Kneiss – Bank of Marin

Peter Liu – New Resource Bank

Kevin Lunny – Drake’s Bay Family Farms

Monica Moore – CS Fund

Sara Tashker – Green Gulch Farm


Adrienne Baumann
Executive Director
Jessica Bonanno
Foundation and Grants Manager
Sasha Fedulow
Business Member Manager
and Special Events Coordinator
Kerry McGrath
Producer Member
Scott Davidson
Organic School Lunch
and Gleaning Program Manager
Wes Temby
School Lunch Program Associate

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