Stemple Creek Ranch

Stemple Creek Ranch is a family-owned and family-operated cattle ranch in Marin County. We raise organic, all-natural, grass-fed and finished beef and lamb.

Straus Family Creamery

Our mission as a creamery is to help sustain family farms through producing high-quality, minimally processed, no-additives dairy products that support livelihoods in rural communities.

Gilardi Family Farm

Don Gilardi grazes dairy cows and produces organic pasture-raised My Petaluma Pastures Eggs on the 80.5-acre Gilardi Family Farm.


In 2013 MCP began community implementation with the launch of a two-year-long carbon farm planning program on three ranches in West Marin: Stemple Creek Ranch, Straus Family Creamery and Corda Ranch. After performing extensive baseline soil sampling and a full rangeland assessment to identify appropriate application sites, MCP applied close to 4,000 cubic yards of compost on nearly 100 acres of rangelands across the three demonstration ranches. The compost was supplied by West Marin Compost and was derived from a mixture of local dairy manure and county wood trimmings.

After compost application, MCP’s Implementation Task Force continued to work with these farms and the local Natural Resources Conservation Service to identify a suite of carbon beneficial practices, creating unique carbon farm plans for each ranch.

If you are an agricultural producer or landowner seeking assistance in development of a Carbon Farm Plan (CFP), contact your local RCD or NRCS office.

Get started with your CFP.