Marin Organic is an association of organic producers in Marin County, CA whose livelihood is based on a respect for nature and a sense of place. Founded in 1999, Marin Organic’s mission focuses on the environmental soundness and economic viability of farming and ranching in Marin County. Its members include the well-known Star Route Farms, the oldest continuously certified organic farm in California and Straus Family Creamery, the first organic dairy west of the Mississippi.
Marin Organic aims to re-empower local communities and foster environmentally sound agriculture. To this end, Marin Organic programs, such as the Organic School Lunch and Gleaning Program, address community health, Marin’s underserved and the environment. By restoring ecological and social values to agriculture and realigning traditional expectations of farming with a holistic understanding of ecology, Marin Organic is creating a county in which growers and the community recognize their mutual interdependence.