After a decade-long hiatus, Marin schools add local, grass-fed beef to their menus

SF Gate

April 9, 2019

But it wasn’t until recently that beef became a part of the conversation again. Loren and Lisa Poncia have two children in the Novato district. They also happen to be the fourth-generation owners of Stemple Creek Ranch near Tomales, California. Their beef is free-range, grass-fed, and free of artificial hormones and antibiotics. The cattle grazes…

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Marin schools end red meat ban, accept local grass-fed beef

East Bay Times

April 5, 2019

Villarreal, who took red meat off the Novato schools’ menus completely in 2008 after a major California beef recall, has this year forged an arrangement to receive grass-fed, hormone-free beef from district parents Loren and Lisa Poncia, owners of Stemple Creek Ranch in Tomales. The couple have two children at Loma Verde Elementary School in…

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Healthy Soils

Marin Independent Journal

March 19, 2019

Dirt takes center stage in the fight against climate change at a workshop sponsored by Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) from 1 to 4 p.m. March 30. Soil expert Jonathan Wachter will explain the basics of healthy soil practices and carbon farming and the impact on food producers’ ability to protect water sources, farm lands and animals….

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13th Annual California Artisan Cheese Festival Announces Participants for Artisan Cheese Tasting & Marketplace

PerishableNews.com

March 8, 2019

In keeping with its dedication to the community, the Artisan Cheese Festival has donated more than $120,000 in grants to local nonprofit partners that support local sustainable agriculture including the California Artisan Cheese Guild, Sonoma Land Trust, Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT), the Redwood Empire Food Bank and the Petaluma Chapter of the Future Farmers…

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MALT backs Huffman bill for Point Reyes ranching

Marin Independent Journal Readers Forum

February 19, 2019

We at Marin Agricultural Land Trust also believe that cows and elk can co-exist in Point Reyes National Seashore and the north district of Golden Gate Recreation Area. MALT members with values like Christin’s are at the heart of all we do, which is protect Marin farmland and, in so doing, the environment, too.

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At 25 years, Straus dairy still pioneering

Point Reyes Light

February 14, 2019

Mr. Straus—who last week celebrated the 25th anniversary of the creamery business that grew out of his father’s dairy ranch—has come a long way from his early days making ice cream. He’s developed an economically viable business that exemplifies organic and carbon-sequestration practices, a model he is constantly fine-tuning and has helped other farmers to…

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Pioneering Straus Family Creamery Celebrates 25 Years of Commitment to Family, Farmers, and Food

Global Newswire

February 7, 2019

In 1980, Ellen Straus, Albert’s mother, co-founded the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT), the first of its kind in the country, which protects Marin’s farmland from urban development. Ellen and a cohort of local environmentalists recognized the importance of land stewardship in the farming community and developed an approach that would strengthen rural families’ chances…

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Marin Gives Back

Marin Magazine

December 1, 2018

MALT is featured in the annual charitable donation guide as a local group making a difference in our community.

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A Cowgirl’s View

Planet Cheese

October 30, 2018

Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) has slowed the decline of grazing lands in our area by purchasing development rights from farmers. These easements require the land to remain in agriculture in perpetuity. In return, the farmer receives 50 percent of the land’s value. Over the years, farmers have used this money to improve their operations,…

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Lunch and chat at McEvoy Ranch focuses on ‘How to be green’

Petaluma Argus-Courier

October 11, 2018

After the panelists, guest will have a chance to walk through the Sustainability Information Fair and engage one-on-one with innovators on the front lines of fighting food waste, including Regrained, Preserve Farm Kitchen, Marin Agricultural Land Trust and the Ceres Project.

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