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Foodshed

Marin Sun Farms provides 100% grass fed and pasture raised meats from within our local foodshed. The foodshed encompasses the farm, your table and everything in between. A foodshed map delineates the geographic area necessary to to supply the nutrients which sustain our urban cities and communities. The size of the foodshed depends on the size of urban market and the capacity of the surrounding producers to supply it, while the specific boundaries fluctuate with microclimates and seasonality. Similar to a watershed map, the foodshed map describes how nutrients flow from local farms to your house.

Marin Sun Farms embraces the foodshed philosophy as a guiding template for a more sustainable food system in our modern city-based civilization. The foodshed concept allows the community to have greater knowledge about the source of the nutrients they purchase and ingest. This empowers each individual purchaser to directly influence the management of their foodshed’s resources — and their community’s environment. In creating this transparent supply chain from farm to fork, we are building a more sustainable food system.

Environmental Stewardship

Producing a healthy and vibrant landscape for all life. As you might guess from our name, Marin Sun Farms has built its production practices around solar energy. Relying on sunlight, grass, clean air and water means that our production practices mimic natural processes and help maintain the stable life-supporting functions of our ecosystem. Marin Sun Farms’ animals are raised on perennial pastures with a mosaic of grasses, flowers and clovers, as well as many native plants, shrubs and trees. This diverse vegetation comprises a lush landscape that helps protect threatened species while providing a naturally balanced diet for our livestock. We honor the understanding and application of processes whereby resources are managed to promote the health of our livestock, the nutrition of our customers, and the biological diversity of our world.

Sustainability Network

Marin Sun Farms believes that our food system is best viewed as an interconnected whole rather than a collection of many different and separate parts. As our society has destroyed individual strands of this food system web over the past several decades, we have inadvertently weakened the web itself and risk destroying it completely. We believe that the best way to heal our broken food system is by re-connecting its pieces through feedback, transparency and honesty. As we move farther toward sustainability, we are adapting and co-evolving with the other parts of the whole, building stability based on symbiotic relationships where humans, animals and grass are interdependent. In rebuilding a sustainable food system, we hope to provide greater economic opportunity, strengthen our communities, care for our natural environment, and create pride for our local Bay Area foodshed. Marin Sun Farms strives to produce a healthy food system where all forms of life are sustainable, generation after generation.

Community Reinvestment

The most important actor in our sustainable food system is you, so please vote with your fork! By choosing to purchase meats from Marin Sun Farms, your money stays entirely within the community, and helps strengthen our local economy. You are helping us invest in each other by providing excellent professional opportunities for our highly skilled and dedicated employees, and creating economic incentives for ranchers to keep rangeland in production and manage it sustainably. Marin Sun Farms provides public farm tours, community outreach, on-farm research, and education programs. We build relationships and share information so that we can support a tighter community focused on the common good of future generations. We pride ourselves on providing full transparency through our vertically integrated supply and processing chain, and will happily answer any questions you have.

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5655 College Avenue, Suite 201
Oakland, CA 94618
phone: 510-250-6000

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