september, 2018

11sepAll DayWest Marin Agriculture and Mariculture(All Day: tuesday) West Marin County Event Organized By: Environmental Forum of Marin Event Type:Agriculture,FoodAudience:Open to the Public


Event Details

Join the Environmental Forum of Marin Master Class on our annual West Marin Field Trip. Experience the interconnection between climate change and food supply with on site presentations in picturesque West Marin County. This tourist friendly region known for wildflowers, oceanside pastures, and whale watching also maintains a rich history of local and organic dairy, agricultural, and mariculture food production, struggling to survive development and adapt to climate change.  

Learn of the struggle for sustainable, organic ranching in a changing climate at the award winning, family owned Straus Dairy Farm. Receive insight on the success of mariculture to survive acidification, rising sea levels, and regulations at Hog Island Oyster Farm. Oysters available for purchase to pack in your ice chest.  Our final stop involves a tasty tell all on local cheese production from a Cowgirl Creamery Ambassador and an instructive discussion on Marin County land management practices from one of the founders and the Director of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust [MALT].

Event Objectives:

  1. Learn how climate change is currently impacting dairy, agricultural and maricultural practices in West Marin.
  2. Learn about the rich history of Marin’s ranching communities and the different watersheds en route to West Marin.
  3. Introduce the history of coastal zone management in Marin County and its relationship to agriculture.
  4. Visit two West Marin agriculture and mariculture operations and gain some understanding of their operations and environmental challenges.
  5. Learn about the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT),  a national model for the preservation of historic agricultural lands and farms in Marin.
  6. Learn about innovative agricultural operations in Marin, successes in controlling waste to produce renewable energy and organic farm practices to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Event Ticket is $100 USD Light lunch provided. You are invited to bring your own waste free lunch.

Bus departs and returns to Smith Ranch Road Park and Ride, 25 Smith Ranch Rd, San Rafael, CA 94903  Contact for public transportation options to meeting point.


All Day (Tuesday)


West Marin County

Point Reyes Station


Environmental Forum of Marin(415) 484-8336 P.O. Box 151546, San Rafael, CA 94915