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Sam Dolcini, President of Marin County Farm Bureau(2014-08-11) posted Mon Aug 11 13:10:12 2014

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.


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Marin Carbon Project Co-founder Jeff Creque (2014-08-04) posted Mon Aug 4 13:10:04 2014

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

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 site



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West Marin Food & Farm Tours(2014-07-28) posted Mon Jul 28 13:10:04 2014

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:   415-599-9222

 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


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New Lawsuit for Drakes Bay Oyster Farm (2014-07-21) posted Mon Jul 21 13:10:06 2014

*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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Drakes Bay Oyster Farm & Peter Prows (2014-07-14) posted Mon Jul 14 13:10:04 2014

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

  • Office of the Attorney General
  • 455 Golden Gate, Suite 11000
  • San Francisco, CA 94102-7004
  • Phone: (415) 703-5500
  • Governor Jerry Brown
    c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
    Sacramento, CA 95814

    Phone: (916) 445-2841

The Photo is of Peter Prows and his son enjoying Drakes Bay Oyster Farm this past weekend.


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Food Sovereignty Movement Impacts on Traditional Political Stances (2014-07-07) posted Mon Jul 7 13:10:08 2014

Exploring the changing political landscape and the fact that the Food Sovereignty Movement is make for strange political bedfellows. States rights, Federal rights, shifting views on wilderness. Musings, questions and thoughts about how this movement is sweeping the country and uniting folks who are often far apart on the political spectrum.

Forum for Food Sovereignty in SélinguéMali, 27 February 2007, about 500 delegates from more than 80 countries adopted the "Declaration of Nyéléni", which says in part:

"Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems. It puts those who produce, distribute and consume food at the heart of food systems and policies rather than the demands of markets and corporations. It defends the interests and inclusion of the next generation. It offers a strategy to resist and dismantle the current corporate trade and food regime, and directions for food, farming, pastoral and fisheries systems determined by local producers. Food sovereignty prioritises local and national economies and markets and empowers peasant and family farmer-driven agriculture, artisanal fishing, pastoralist-led grazing, and food production, distribution and consumption based on environmental, social and economic sustainability. Food sovereignty promotes transparent trade that guarantees just income to all peoples and the rights of consumers to control their food and nutrition. It ensures that the rights to use and manage our lands, territories, waters, seeds, livestock and biodiversity are in the hands of those of us who produce food. Food sovereignty implies new social relations free of oppression and inequality between men and women, peoples, racial groups, social classes and generations."


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Marissa Guggiana The Butcher's Guild (2014-06-30) posted Mon Jun 30 13:10:04 2014

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.


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