Grown Local Marin is a collaborative effort of agricultural organizations and producers in Marin County. It is a part of a growing effort focused on supporting local agricultural producers and locally owned businesses in Marin County. Local farmers and ranchers helped to develop GROWN LOCAL Marin to let consumers know they are working hard to grow, raise, and produce fresh, healthy food right in our backyard.
What does GROWN LOCAL Marin mean?
The GROWN LOCAL badge helps clearly identify farmers, ranchers, and other food producers who are based right here in Marin County. Read more about the membership criteria for farmers and ranchers.
Why GROWN LOCAL?
Buying locally-produced food is good for your body, for the earth, and for our local economy. Because your food doesn’t travel long distances to get to you, it is more fresh and nutritious. Supporting GROWN LOCAL helps keep farming families in business and our dollars in our own communities.
What Can You Do?
Ask questions. Find out where your food is grown, how it is grown, and who grows it. Ask for local food at your local grocery store and restaurants. By shopping locally and supporting local farmers and ranchers you can truly feel good about what you eat.
About Agriculture in Marin:
Approximately 167,000 acres in Marin are farms or ranches. This amounts to 50 percent of the land in Marin. The average size of a farm in Marin is 523 acres, and operations range from first generation to fifth generation family-owned farms. Marin farmers and ranchers produce a wide variety of products including dairy and meat products, fruits and vegetables, grapes, and aquaculture.
Where did it come from?
The concept for this unified campaign came out of the 2010 Agricultural Summit. A committee was formed to research the highest impact branding for local producers. In conjunction with a North Bay Regional Food Systems Committee – the group settled on purchasing a license for Grown, Made, Eat, & Drink Local from the well established in Sonoma County Go Local program. Since the launch in January of 2013, GROWN LOCAL Marin County has gained a strong initial foothold in Marin. Recognition will continue to grow in 2014 & 2015 with increasing program marketing and expanding producer and retailer adoption.
Who supports it?
GROWN LOCAL is the product of widespread collaboration among local food advocacy groups, government agencies, farmers, and passionate people like you who want to support a thriving local economy.
Project partners include representatives from:
Agricultural Institute of Marin,
Marin Agricultural Land Trust,
UC Cooperative Extension,
Farm Bureau, and County of Marin.
Additional committee members include Marin producers: Kevin Maloney (Fallon Hills Ranch), Julie Rossotti (Rossotti Ranch/Point Reyes Preserves), and Lynn Giacomini Stray (Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company).
GROWN LOCAL Marin is sponsored by Marin County Board of Supervisors and administered by Agricultural Institute of Marin and a Grown Local Committee of farmers, ranchers, and ag support organizations. GROWN LOCAL Marin is a partner of the Sonoma County GO LOCAL Cooperative. If you have questions or would like more information, please call AIM at (415) 472-6100 or UCCE Marin at (415) 473-4204 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.