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    Prince Charles & Organic Farmers

    This past week, the Prince of Wales made a historic visit to organic farmers in western Marin County.

    Coordinated by Marin Organic, a county farmer's cooperative, Prince Charles' tour included a trip to a local farmers' market and a luncheon with organic pioneers.

    The question is, after meeting with President Bush, Kofi Annan and Sting, why would HRH meet with organic farmers?

    Join host Jerry Kay, publisher of the Environmental News Network, as we talk with some of the farmers and leaders of Marin County’s organic revolution and hear their perspectives on organic agriculture and the true value of high-quality, healthy food.

    This Week's Guests:

    Mike Gale — Rancher, Chileno Valley Ranch

    Chileno Valley Ranch is a 600-acre ranch in Marin County owned by Mike and Sally Gale. They raise grass-fed beef and produce 12 varieties of organic apples. The Gales got into ranching late in life after giving up other successful careers in Hawaii and returning to land that had been in Sally’s family since the 1860’s. They now sell hormone and antibiotic free meat directly to consumers.

    Peter Martinelli — Farmer, Fresh Run Farm

    Martinelli is a sixth generation Californian but the first in his family to make a living from farming. He grows beets, kale, collards and chard alongside flowers, strawberries and potatoes on two bowl-shaped plots ringed by wild blackberry bushes. The farm also includes chickens, goats, plenty of dogs and even a few alpacas. In addition to growing over 40 kinds of fruit, vegetables and flowers, Peter also collects nettles, mushrooms, watercress and other edibles from the wild.

    Dennis Dierks — Farmer, Paradise Valley Produce

    Dierks and his wife Sandy own and operate Paradise Valley Produce a 15-acre organic farm in Bolinas, California where they grow vegetables. Due to their water conservation efforts and soil management practices, the stream running through their property remains clean enough to attract returning salmon in greater numbers each year. This has earned the Dierks’ farm a "Salmon Safe" certification – the first one to be issued in California.

    Helge Hellberg — Executive Director, Marin Organic

    Hellberg works to promote and support local organic agriculture in Marin County California. Previously, he worked for California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), one of the largest organic certifiers in the United States, to educate the food industry and the public about the importance of establishing an agricultural system based on biologically sound methods and the value of organic food. While with CCOF, he produced, wrote, and hosted the educational video "Organic Food & Agriculture - Past, Present, Future." As a Certified Holistic Nutrition Counselor, Hellberg frequently trains retail store personnel and gives public talks demonstrating the connections between nutrition, agriculture, food production, and environmental and human health. He is currently working on a book that takes an in-depth look at the benefits of local and organic agriculture titled, From Cell to Community.

    More information:

  • Your Organic Kitchen
  • Successful Small Scale Farming

  • European Organic Bio-regions

    Web Resources:
  • Marin Organic with details of Prince Charle's visit
  • Marin Agricultural Land Trust
  • Chileno Valley Beef
  • California Certified Organic Farmers
  • The New Farm

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