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Around Marin County

  • Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) joins forces to preserve historic Barboni Ranch.  The easement ensures that 1,200 acres of productive agricultural land and diverse natural resources will be preserved forever

  • Congratulations to Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co. for their win at the 2013 Good Food Awards.  Of the 176 cheeses entered from around the US, their newest cheese Bay Blue earned the Judges' top score of the 11 cheeses given the top award of Winner.  See where to find Bay Blue and the rest of their acclaimed cheese line here.

  • Toluma Farms is celebrating their 10th anniversary with the opening of their Creamery, Tomales Farmstead Creamery.  The creamery will begin making soft ripened goat and mixed milk cheeses this spring. The cheese will be available at restaurants through out the Bay Area as well as at Cowgirl Creamery.

  • Farm Day is back - Thursday March 21, from 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. at the Marin Center Exhibition Hall in San Rafael.  This free, public event in which over 30 exhibitors provide hands-on interactive activities targeted for elementary school youth is a Marin County must!

  • The California's Artisan Cheese Festival is back for its 7th year on March 22 - 24, for a weekend of all things cheese.  Meet cheesemakers, learn about hands-on cheesemaking and more from panel discussions and cooking demonstrations, enjoy farm tours, cheese-inspired culinary delights, wine and cheese pairings, and more!  Tickets are on sale now.

  • Don't miss this year's Spring Plant Sale at the Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden, Saturday and Sunday April 20 and April 21.

  • Calling all ranchers - don't miss the Ranching for Profit workshop in Petaluma on Saturday, April 20th from 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  The workshop will cover topics of economics, ecology, management intensive grazing and building more effective management teams on the ranch.  View the event flyer for more information and to register now.

  • The Sonoma County Agropreneurs' new six month training program for beginning farmers and ranchers begins this May.  The program runs three days per month (two Fridays and one Saturday per month).  Cost is $650, with limited scholarships available. Classes include ag, business, and field days at SRJC Shone Farm and other locations.  All details, including the application, can be found at: http://ucanr.edu/bfr2013.

  • Marin’s Environmental Health Services is ready to support cottage kitchen production and sales through its new Cottage Food Operation Application.  This program results from the new California Homemade Food Act, or Assembly Bill 1616 passed last year, and its approval of cottage food production.

  • Two new Grown in Marin Factsheets are available now - Getting Started Farming & Ranching in Marin County, and Niche Meat Processing: Resources for the North Coast.  Check out these and other great resources on the Grown in Marin Resources for Farmers webpage.

  • New resources from recent Grown in Marin workshops have been posted online for the December 13 workshop On-Farm Innovation at Gospel Flat Farm and the February 25 workshop on Thistle Management.

  • Two new cost studies have just been published - Sample Costs to Produce Fresh Market Raspberries, and Sample Costs for Finishing Beef Cattle on Grass.  View these and other University of California cost and return studies.

  • For those of you who missed the photographic exhibit of Marin's Agrarian Roots through the lens of Marin's first Farm Advisor M.B. Boissevain's insightful photographs that premiered at the 2012 Marin County Fair, the exhibit is back at the Civic Center until April 26th.

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