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California Cheese Trail


Straus Family Creamery &
MALT's Save-an-Acre Project

Straus Family Creamery glass bottleProtecting Farmland One Bottle at a Time

Straus Family Creamery is committed to supporting local farming and revitalizing rural communities. To help protect Marin family farms, Straus will donate 1¢ for every Straus bottle returned from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018, to MALT’s Save-An-Acre Project. With over 250,000 reusable bottles returned every month, the money collected will help protect farmland for generations to come.

MALT's Save-an-Acre Project allows people like you who care about the heritage of local family farming and the preservation of extraordinary vistas to have a direct impact on the future of Marin.

Just return your Straus Family Creamery reusable bottles to your place of purchase and Straus will contribute on your behalf to preserve Marin farmland and directly support:

A local farming industry

Marin's farms have a growing reputation for excellence, producing some truly incredible foods:

  • Straus Family Creamery organic dairy products found at your local grocery and farmer’s market
  • Award-winning cheeses from artisan producers Cowgirl Creamery, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company, Bleating Heart Cheese, Nicasio Valley Cheese Company and more
  • Organic, grass-fed beef and lamb from Stemple Creek Ranch, Chileno Valley Ranch, Fallon Hills Ranch and beyond
  • Pasture-raised eggs from Chiken City by Kitty, Tomales Bay Pastures and Pasture Fresh Eggs
  • Abundant organic produce at local farmers’ markets

leadership in sustainable farming

Practices including offsetting global warming with methane digesters at two MALT ranches, and through MALT's work creating carbon farm plans with the Marin Resource Conservation District and the Marin Carbon Project.

Natural Resources

Well-managed farmland supports the clean air, water and abundant wildlife from which we all benefit.


The beautiful, historic rural landscape of West Marin provides a respite from urban life for visiting drivers, cyclists, hikers, kayakers and families.

This thriving farmland in the country’s sixth-largest metropolitan area isn’t something we can take for granted. More than 50,000 acres of farmland are at risk of development —and you can help save it, one acre at a time.

What Is An Acre?