Supporter Profile: Straus Family Creamery

Straus Family Creamery is a certified organic, artisan creamery offering cream-top milk, yogurt, butter, ice cream, sour cream and a variety of organic wholesale dairy products. Based in Marshall, CA.  Straus Family Creamery makes its minimally-processed dairy products from organic milk supplied by eight family farms in Marin and Sonoma Counties, including the Straus family dairy.

Albert Straus, Founder & CEO of Straus Family Creamery, is a pioneer in organic dairy farming. In 1994, he transitioned his dairy, which is located on the shores of Tomales Bay, to become the first certified organic dairy west of the Mississippi River. During the same year, he founded Straus Family Creamery, which was the first 100% organic creamery in the United States.

Albert Straus and his three siblings were influenced early on by their parents Bill and Ellen Straus who were very early environmentalists in the ranching community. They saw farmland as a part of a much bigger, natural world that needed to be respected and preserved on its own terms, and they had a day-to-day commitment as stewards of the land. Their commitment to agriculture and the environment helped launch a conservation movement that has permanently saved tens of thousands of acres of endangered agricultural land from development subdivision.

Read more about the Straus family legacy here.

Straus Family Creamery staff members, and particularly Albert Straus, spend a significant amount of time and energy working toward revitalizing the local farming community, supporting regional and national GMO labeling initiatives, and empowering struggling farmers overseas by sharing knowledge and technical expertise.

On May 8, 2013, Albert Straus made these remarks about the importance of agriculture to the California Coastal Commission at its meeting on agriculture in the coastal zone.