Why do we do what we do?
For the love of our community: The farmers, mongers, retailers, and other passionate food lovers who inspire us daily to create our delicious and meaningful work.
Without our partners, there is no amazing organic, pasture-based milk as our canvas or an amazing network of passionate trades people to preach the goodness of specialty cheese.
Our community partners working in sustainability and organics ensure our dairy community has the land to protect and steward.
Marin Agricultural Land Trust
This local institution was founded in 1980 by Ellen Straus, the matriarch of the Straus Family Creamery and honorary Cowgirl. When she saw that rapid development threatening farm and open lands in Marin County, she and other local farmers, ranchers, and environmentalists came together to permanently protect this precious resource. Since then, MALT has permanently preserved over 44,100 acres of farmland, particularly through its conservation easement program that empowers farming families to meet financial challenges of their work without having to sell, divide, or develop their open lands. To support their efforts or learn more, visit www.malt.org.
Our farmer partners don’t just provide organic milk - they are stewards of the lands and open spaces in our community.
Tresch Family Farms
The Tresch family has been part of the California dairy community since the 1870s when the family immigrated to the area from Switzerland. Today, Joe and Kathy Tresch are continuing the tradition alongside their children.
The family’s herd of 750 Holstein and Jersey cows graze on 2,500 acres of beautiful, hilly, and herbicide-free pastures of Sonoma County. The herd’s milk goes into Cowgirl Creamery’s cheeses as well as every delicious bottle of Straus Family Creamery (sold in reusable glass bottles across California).
The gorgeous landscape of Tomales Bay in West Marin is the home of Bivalve Dairy. Owned and operated by John and Karen Taylor since 2006, Bivalve is an organic-certified, pasture-based farm that provides the milk for many of Cowgirl’s cheeses including our iconic Red Hawk.
Karen grew up on the farm and learned dairying from her parents. In fact, her family’s dairying roots go back six generations. That innate knowledge alongside her husband John’s engineering background have been vital to ensuring both the cows and land thrive.
Bivalve’s 200 Holstein cows access the 700 acres through a rotational grazing system. The land itself is maintained through a variety of sustainable and regenerative practices: Re-seeding the land with a no-till drill, collecting winter rain run-off to water during the dry season.
OUR TRADE PARTNERS
Any cheesemaker, chef, and food lover knows: The cheese never stands alone. Cowgirl is part of a passionate community dedicated to supporting each other and the craftsmanship of artisan cheese.
American Cheese Society
Founded in 1983 as a national grassroots group to help American cheese makers make better cheese, the ACS has grown a thriving community of makers, mongers, retailers, educators, wholesalers, and enthusiasts. The group provides education, networking, and an annual conference to strengthen the bonds within the artisan community.
Our founders, Sue Conley and Peggy Smith, along with many of our Cowgirl team have served on ACS’s committees and board.
Now, more than ever, the artisan cheese community needs the support of cheese lovers everywhere. Visit www.cheesesociety.org or search #supportourcheesemakers on social media to learn more.
California Artisan Cheese Guild
California has always attracted the dreamers, the romantics, and the trail blazers in all industries, no more so than food. There’s a reason why America’s food revolution started in Cowgirls’ home state.
The Golden State is the country’s largest source of dairy and home to a thriving and growing community of artisan makers. The Guild empowers those within this passionate community with continuing education, professional networking, and opportunities to showcase all the amazing cheese through popular events such as the California Artisan Cheese Festival (March) and the San Francisco Cheese Festival (September).
Now, more than ever, the artisan cheese community needs the support of cheese lovers everywhere. Visit www.cacheeseguild.org or search #BuyCACheese on social media to learn more.