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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.
Our guest is Marissa Guggiana who is co-founder of The Butcher’s Guild. She is also the author of Primal Cuts: Cooking with America’s Best Butchers, founding president of Sonoma Direct, and author of Off The Menu: Staff Meals From America’s Top Restaurants. At the beginning of the show Marissa and host Robin Carpenter shared with the listeners the breaking news that the Supreme Court had denied hearing the appeal from the Drakes Bay Oyster Company and possible implications. The remainder of the show covered the goals of the Butcher's Guild, their Barnraiser campaign and the "rebirth" of the butcher in America. Below are links to some of the sites and organizations that we discussed.
Alison Puglisia, Manager of the Point Reyes Farmers Market, shared with us all of the exciting news about the upcoming opening of the market on June 28th. Discussion of the history of the market and the farmers and vendors that would be participating in this all organic, truly local gathering that happens every Saturday from 12n to 1p at Toby's Feedbarn in Point Reyes Station. We also discussed the KidsZone that takes place during the market and is sponsored by the Marin Literacy Program's West Marin Literacy Services. There are bilingual storytimes at 11am and monthly children's books giveaways as well as gardening and healthy eating activities.
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. We also want our listeners to know about the MCL's tours on 6/29 at Nicasio Native Grass Ranch. You can register and find out more about their work at marinconservationleague.org
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
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Peggy Day, local journalist, joins Robin Carpenter in discussion about the Western Weekend celebration of our ranching heritage and the strong showing by our ranching and ag communities. Also the upcoming opening of the Point Reyes Farmers Market on June 28th. For the second half of the show the conversation revolved around school lunches and what is happening in our own Shoreline Unified School District as well as nationally. Marc Matheson is a member of the Wellness Committee for SUSD and filled us in on the work and exploration that they are doing to make healthy food a priority and how this issue dovetails into the other Wellness measure they are looking to introduce to our schools. We've included information below that we promised you in the show!
Marin Literacy Program's West Marin Literacy Services - 415-663-8626 or 415-601-4491 for Executive Director Robin Carpenter about some of the free books for children handed out during the Western Weekend Parade that are still available. Also more information about the KidsZone at the Point Reyes Farmers Market.
Tom Stubbs is the Supervisor of the SUSD - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jil Satori is on the Board of Directors for the SUSD and heads up the Wellness Committee - email@example.com
Matt Nagel is the principal of the West Marin School - firstname.lastname@example.org