As a Northern California native, I’ve enjoyed Straus Family Creamery products for years. The provider of premium organic dairy products is a fan-favorite, offering milk, cream, yogurt, butter, and ice cream to customers throughout the western and central United States.
East Coasters, though perhaps unfamiliar with the brand, have been reaping the rewards of Straus Family Creamery’s exceptional products too—through the company’s partnerships with Cowgirl Creamery and others in the Northern California sweet spot of artisan cheesemaking.
“The mission of Straus Family Creamery is to support and sustain organic dairy farms in Marin and Sonoma County by producing the highest quality, minimally processed organic products,” said Albert Straus, Organic Dairy Farmer and Founder and CEO. “What I’ve tried to do is create a model of a sustainable farming system that is good for the earth, the soil, the animals, and the people working on these farms.”
For Straus and his team, the responsibilities of dairy farmers go beyond the production of exceptional products. To this end, the company has introduced a number of sustainable farming practices. The company uses a methane digester to collect methane emissions and convert them to fuel for Straus’ all-electric Toyota RAV4, Nissan Leaf, and a number of smaller farm vehicles and machinery.
Last year, Straus, a pioneering figure in organic dairy farming, announced the launch of the first full-scale electric truck powered by cow poop—the culmination of eight years of development. The 33,000 lb. gross weight International Harvester truck is used as a feed truck on his farm.
“We were looking at the bigger picture of how can we have less impact on the planet,” Straus added. “My electric feed truck is not only a practical tool for my organic farm. It is also a symbol of the resourcefulness we need to fight climate change, which threatens our business and the future of American farming.”
To learn more about Straus Family Creamery’s sustainability efforts, watch the brief video above.