eNews                                                                     March 2013

Profiles in Preservation: Toluma Farms
Diversified farm to launch Tomales Farmstead Creamery
Tamara Hicks and David Jablons met while living in San Francisco. The couple shared a love of the outdoors and found themselves escaping, along with their daughters Josy and Emmy, to West Marin on weekends. They dreamed of buying farmland and learning to work the land and produce local food. In 2003 they purchased Toluma Farms, then worked with MALT to protect it in 2010. This spring they'll begin crafting goat and sheep's milk farmstead cheese under the new Tomales Farmstead Creamery label.  Read the full story... 
Igniting the Green Fire: Finding Hope in Aldo Leopold's
Land Ethic 
Limited tickets still available for this weekend's Geography of Hope events 

Although all-weekend passes to the Geography of Hope's Igniting the Green Fire: Finding Hope in Aldo Leopold's Land Ethic have been sold out for weeks, tickets are still available for select events during the weekend. Choose from films, Saturday day passes (which include tours of the MALT-protected Black Mountain Ranch or Toluma Farms), music, readings and more.  Co-sponsored by MALT.  For more information and to purchase tickets click here... 
7th Annual Artisan Cheese Festival 
March 22-24, Sheraton Sonoma County - Petaluma

Artisan Cheese Festival Join MALT at this weekend-long celebration of cheese featuring artisan and farmstead cheesemakers, including those who source milk from MALT-protected farms. Meet cheesemakers, celebrity chefs, educators, cheesemongers, authors, farmers and even the four-legged friends that produce the milk that makes the cheese. Stop by the MALT booth at the Meet the Cheesemakers event on Friday evening or at the Artisan Cheese Tasting and Marketplace on Sunday afternoon.  For more information and to purchase tickets please visit artisancheesefestival.com

San Francisco Food + Farm Film Fest 
March 29-31, Roxie Theater in San Francisco   


The inaugural Food + Farm Film Fest offers pairings of the most delicious sort - films about food and farming matched with tasty bites prepared by local chefs. MALT is co-sponsoring the Sunday, March 31 presentation of the film "Betting the Farm," which follows 10 Maine dairy farmers who created a milk company to save their farms after being dropped by a national milk distributor. Following the film, join MALT Easement Director Jeff Stump for a conversation about what it takes to be a local dairy farmer while enjoying Bi-Rite Creamery maple ice cream (made from Straus milk).  For more information, visit foodandfarmfilms.com.

Wildflowers in the Fields: A Farm Walk at Leiss Ranch 
Saturday, April 6, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Leiss Ranch Wildflower Walk
Walk over pastures and through woods to see more than 45 different wildflowers that blanket Leiss Ranch during the spring season. MALT co-founder and botanist Phyllis Faber and wildflower expert Doreen Smith will help identify flowers, along with Nancy Chaffin who grew up on the ranch and will be sharing stories of life on the farm. Tickets are just $5 for adults and children are free of charge (ages 8 and up).  For more information and to register, click here. 

Photos: Caroline Kraus; Courtesy of Aldo Leopold Foundation; Drew Altizer Photography; Mia Pelletier; Bob Davisson
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