For decades, our community has enjoyed a productive farming and food model in Marin that has been an example for the rest of the country. We have protected our farmland and open spaces while creating access to diverse local food sources farmed sustainably. Together, we are benefiting from healthy, nourishing, high-quality organic food that supplies our farmers’ markets, grocery stores, schools, and beyond.
All agricultural areas within Marin County are vital to the long-term viability of agriculture in the county. A regional threat has emerged to our local food production system in Point Reyes National Seashore (PRNS). This is a critical moment in the history of Marin community. If the farms are moved from PRNS, this will be a devasting loss to the Marin agricultural community. Eliminating the Park’s farms would damage Marin County’s agricultural economy and regional food supply, 20% of which is within the Park.
Schools in agricultural communities continue to decline. There has been a 35% reduction in the student-age population and a 41% reduction in high school students since 2010. (US Census) in some West Marin schools. Many of these multi-generational families have made the Seashore their home and raised their families at the same location for more than 100 years. If these farms and ranches are forced to cease operations, the farming families will likely need to relocate out of the region and remove their children from school. The dramatic loss in school attendance, where schools are already struggling to find students and budget support, will be a significant loss for Marin County’s community.