Straus Family Farm
The Straus family farm, nestled in the hills at the shores of Tomales Bay.
Our organic cows have 660 acres to roam.
Albert Straus with one of our calves.
The Straus Family Farm is where it all started. Bill Straus started raising dairy cows in 1941 in the tiny town of Marshall, CA along the shores of Tomales Bay. Marshall is located in West Marin County on the Northern California Coast, known for its mild, coastal climate, pristine coastal grassland and fresh marine air.
With virtually no pollution from traffic or factories; the area is a pristine piece of paradise for those who live out here. Our 275 dairy cows (Holstein and Jersey-Holstein cross breeds), 35 dry cows, 170 heifers, 82 calves and 3 bulls have 660 acres of pasture on which they roam during the day; and at night they sleep on cow mats with natural bedding in an open barn.
For people who travel to our area for the first time, the seasons can be confusing. During summer, the air is cooled by daily, sometimes constant, fog and the grass is dried up. Winters are cool, lush green, foggy and wet. Cows love the climate out here.
Today, Straus Family Creamery President Albert Straus still manages the dairy, getting up early in the morning to take care of the cows before heading to Straus Family Creamery’s office to manage the company. He converted the family dairy to organic in 1994, becoming the first certified organic dairy west of the Mississippi.
That same year, he founded Straus Family Creamery, which was the first 100% certified organic creamery in the United States. Albert Straus followed in the footsteps of his parents and has continued to expand the vision of environmentalism and stewardship of the land. But, he also has an appreciation of technology.
As a result, the Straus dairy is an evolving combination of traditional land stewardship, sustainable farming practices and cutting-edge technology. The entire dairy and Albert’s car are powered by electricity that is generated from the cows’ manure, through a methane digester. Almost all the wastewater from our creamery – 94% of it – is trucked to the dairy to be reused in methane digestion and then for irrigation of our own pastures. We have a committed interest in keeping our creamery operations as environmentally friendly as possible.
The certified organic milk produced at the Straus dairy isn’t enough to make all the organic milk, organic yogurt and organic ice cream. To keep the approximate ratio of one cow per acre of land, Albert didn't want to add any more cows to his herd. Straus Family Creamery buys certified organic, Non-GMO Verified milk from seven other organic, local, family farms: the Tresch’(two farms), the Hughes’, the Correia’s, the Mazzetta’s, the Brazil's, and the Silacci's family farms. They are all deeply rooted in the principles of land stewardship and have adopted our sustainability practices.
Will and John Brazil have been providing organic milk to Straus Family Creamery since 2012.
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Emanuel and Kathy Correia joined Straus Family Creamery as a family-farm supplier in 2010.
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Kenny and Nancy Mazzetta - converted to organic and joined our group of family-farm producers in 2012.
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Richard and Marilyn Hughes have been producing with Straus Family Creamery since 2005.
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Jessica and Ben Silacci joined Straus Family Creamery's group of family farm milk suppliers in 2013.
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It is possible to visit the farm through organized group farm tours if you are interested. Learn more about our farm tours>>