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“Betting the farm on a better world”

When Bill and Ellen Straus began their life together in 1949 running a small dairy ranch in Marin County, California, their dream was to make a decent living and raise a family through hard work and ingenuity. A family farm was born, but so was something else: a passion for the land that has since […]

Mapping MALT’s Massive Momentum

October 1, 2014 — To date, the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT), which was co-founded in 1980 by our mom, Ellen Straus and her friend Phyllis Faber, has permanently protected 73 ranches in Marin County, totaling more than 46,000 acres!! So much of Marin’s bounty – organic milk, artisan cheese, open space – is due to […]

CUESA's Live Auction features Straus Home Ranch

CUESA’s Live Auction features Straus Home Ranch

Support sustainable agriculture *and* stay at Straus Home Ranch – Come to CUESA’s Sunday Supper Gala and bid on a weekend getaway during their Live Auction! “On the Cheese Trail”

… Marin County is where artisan cheesemaking in California started. First in the mid-1800s and then again in the 1990s. You might choose to start your quest for cheese with a stay at Straus Home Ranch, an historic farmhouse overlooking Tomales Bay …

Our friend Phyllis Faber

Our friend Phyllis Faber

Phyllis Faber – a dear, long-time family friend, close friend of our mother, and co-founder (with mom) of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust ( – recently stopped by for lunch and to check out our renovated farmhouse (where she and mom had hatched plans for MALT and so many other environmental conservation efforts over the years). […]

Jaunt Magazine features Straus Home Ranch!

Jaunt Magazine features Straus Home Ranch!

Marin, California: Straus Home Ranch Posted on August 12, 2014 by Jaunt Editor

“As Seen in the Los Angeles Times”