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Farm & Foodshed Report
Mary Olsen is the Locavore Editor for the West Marin Citizen and she coordinates the weekly Chef's booth at the Point Reyes Farmers Market. Chef's tips, Farmers Market update, lunch with MFK Fisher and her crush on Ruth Reichl's husband are highlighted in Mary's delightful stories.
Sam Dolcini is a fifth generation rancher and President of the Marin County Farm Bureau. A favored guest of the Farm & Foodshed Report, Sam and Robin discuss the history of farming and ranching in our area as well as the state. The evolution of farming/ranching techniques and the great stewardship of lands here in Marin and what the future holds for our farmers and ranchers.
Host Robin Carpenter in conversation with Jeff Creque who is the co-founder of the Marin Carbon Project and a Director at the Carbon Cycle Institute. The latest findings of their research, what they are researching now, the power of composting and the enormous hope and opportunity that the findings show. Also highlighted some of the work being done by the Marin Conservation League and their Agricultural Land Use Committee.
For more information about the work we discussed today go to marincarbonproject.org
Articles we referred to by Marcia Delonge and others -
"A Lifecycle Model to Evaluate Carbon Sequestration Potential and Greenhouse Gas Dynamics of Managed Grasslands"
"Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Opportunities in California Agriculture"
Additional articles and information can be found on the marincarbonproject.org site
West Marin Food & Farm Tours
Host Robin Carpenter was in conversation with Elizabeth Hill who is the owner and operator of West Marin Food & Farm Tours, which has made it possible for folks to explore West Marin’s food, farms and history for the past two years. She’s a certified Natural Chef, a UC Master Gardener, a Stanford graduate, and a credentialed teacher with a Masters degree in Education. A fascinating discussion about how all of these talents and skills came together in a surprising manner to combine with her passions for food, gardening, education, and travel resulting in her unique culinary tour company of West Marin where she spent much of her childhood exploring and is her heart’s home. What happened around the Gold Rush that wiped out the oysters in SF Bay? How did Marin Cheese Company provide the breakfast of champions to dock workers then? Listen in and find out!
Links and info on some of the topics we covered today:
Farm to Table Dinner Dates
Sunday, August 17 – Table Top Farm in Point Reyes
Saturday, September 20 – Double 8 Dairy in Valley Ford (water buffalo gelato!)
Friday, November 21 – Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company in Point Reyes
Sunday, December 14 – Heidrun Meadery in Point Reyes
*Conversation starts at 4:58 minutes in*
A new twist in the Drakes Bay Oyster Company saga has occurred with lawsuit filed by The Alliance for Local Sustainable Agriculture [ALSA], Tomales Bay Oyster Company, members of the local shellfish and restaurant industry and agricultural leaders in Marin County, California asking for an emergency injunction to stop closure on July 31st.
KWMR journalist Herb Kutchins joined host Robin Carpenter in conversation with Jeff Creque of ALSA and Andy Olmsted, part of the committee to “Save the FAARM (Future of Agri/Aquaculture in Rural Marin” that is also supporting the lawsuit. The parties are seeking an order requiring the Secretary of the Interior and the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to comply with procedural and substantive requirements in the National Aquaculture Act and the Coastal Zone Management Act before the Secretary of the Interior may renew, or deny, a Special Use Permit for the Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s operation in the Point Reyes National Seashore.
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Peter Prows attorney for the Drakes Bay Oyster Farm discusses a bit about his history and how he came to be a champion for the Lunny family and the Drakes Bay Oyster Farm. He shared thoughts on what happens next as the farm is ordered to shut down onsite retail operations while the Lunny family awaits their day in court. The Supreme Court decision means the Park does not have to allow them to stay open while the case is pending. To be clear the Supreme Court ruling was not a final ruling regarding their case, just a ruling on whether the Park would have to allow them to stay open during this legal journey. It is a very difficult time for the 25 workers and their families who are losing their jobs and for all of the supporters who have only a few days left to enjoy this 80 year old tradition. It is not the end of DBOC or oystering in the estero, but definitely the end of an era. There is also community concern regarding oversight of the removal of buildings and oysters because there is no environmental impact study about how to do this with the least amount of disturbance. The Lunnys are calling on the community to express their concerns to the park, the California Coastal Commission, the California Fish and Game Commission, Congressman Jared Huffman, Assemblymember Marc Levine, Senator Barbara Boxer, Kamela Harris and Governor Jerry Brown.
Point Reyes National Seashore Superintendent Cicely Muldoon (415) 464-5102 phone (415) 663-8132 fax
Jared Huffman San Rafael District Office (415) 258-9657 DC Office (202) 225-5161
Marc Levine San Rafael District Office (415) 479-4920 State Capitol Office (916) 319-2010
Senator Barbara Boxer Bay Area Office (510) 286-8537 DC Office (202) 224-3553
California Coastal Commission Dan Carl, Deputy Director
45 Fremont Street, Suite 2000, SF, Ca 94105
California Fish and Game Commission (916) 653-4899
Attorney General of California Kamela Harris
The Photo is of Peter Prows and his son enjoying Drakes Bay Oyster Farm this past weekend.