A tenacious bunch of farmers, ranchers and experts helmed by our own Peggy Smith, Marin Organic’s mission is to transform Marin County into a local, sustainable food system where everyone and everything thrives.
One of Marin Organic’s most exciting efforts is the School Lunch and Gleaning Program. Gleaned food is produce which would otherwise be left in the fields because it doesn't meet the strict aesthetic requirements of restaurants and retail markets. This can account for up to 20% of what is grown, and throughout the year may include potatoes, squashes, spinach, leeks, beets, carrots, arugula, lettuces, meats, eggs, yogurt, ice cream and more.
So far, over 130,000 pounds of local certified organic products have been gleaned and delivered to participating schools, camps, and underserved communities throughout Marin, offsetting their costs so they can serve local and organic options while staying within their limited budgets. Each week the program enables 10,000 children to eat organic foods grown from Marin soils.
Learn more, join and donate at www.marinorganic.com.