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Organic Farm Practices

All of our dairy cows are certified organic, have access to pasture, and are never treated with antibiotics or hormones. We care very much about their health and quality of life: For Straus Family Creamery, organic farming practices are essential to our understanding of stewardship of the land.

Organic standards:

USDA National Organic ProgramTo raise certified organic dairy cows, specific standards from USDA’s National Organic Program have to be practiced, including:




  • All animal feed must be GMO free and grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides.
  • Cows must have regular access to pasture.
  • No antibiotics or growth hormones can ever be used.

Organic certification

CCOF California Certified Organic Farmers





  • Straus Family Creamery is certified by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF).
  • The Straus dairy is certified by Marin Organic Certified Agriculture (MOCA).
  • And the USDA’s National Organic Program sets regulatory standards and rules that cover both the dairy and creamery.

First certified organic dairy farm in California

Albert Straus started managing the family dairy after returning home from college in the 1970s. In 1994 he converted the dairy to organic, which became the first certified organic dairy farm in California and west of the Mississippi River. At the same time, Albert Straus founded the creamery, which became the first certified organic creamery in the US making 100% organic products.

Organic integrity

When it comes to organic integrity, Straus Family Creamery sets the bar high. Since we run both an organic dairy and an organic creamery, it gives us the opportunity to control the entire process from field to bottle. In every step of production, we make sure that certified organic standards are implemented.