Organic cow on pasture
Why organic dairy?
To us, organic is a philosophy, not a marketing slogan, which is deeply rooted in our commitment to land stewardship and animal-care practices that preserve the environment for future generations. In day-to-day life, this means that we treat our organic dairy cows according to federal organic standards, make delicious organic dairy products with minimal processing, educate consumers and strictly abide by organic standards.
What is organic certification?
At a certified organic dairy farm, specific standards from USDA’s National Organic Program have to be practiced, including:
• All animal feed must be free of GMOs 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 comes from independent third-party organizations.
• The Straus dairy is certified by Marin Organic Certified Agriculture (MOCA).
• And the USDA’s National Organic Program covers both, the dairy and creamery.
First organic dairy farm in California
Bill Straus, who started the family dairy in 1941, stopped using pesticides and herbicides in the 1970s and stopped using chemical fertilizers in the 1980s. When Albert Straus, who managed the dairy since returning home from college in the 1970s, converted the dairy to organic in 1994, it 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.
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 organic standards are implemented.