Giacomini family receives Leopold Conservation Award

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California's Giacomini family

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Sand County Foundation, the California Farm Bureau Federation and Sustainable Conservation are proud to announce Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company as the recipient of the prestigious 2013 California Leopold Conservation Award. The award honors private landowner achievement in the voluntary stewardship and management of natural resources.

Bob Giacomini and his four daughters own and operate Robert Giacomini Dairy and Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company in coastal Marin County, where the family began milking cows in 1959.

Bob and daughters Karen, Diana, Lynn and Jill produce Point Reyes Farmstead cheeses and operate The Fork, a culinary center focused on education and entertainment for visitors to the farm. As exemplary stewards of the land, they are dedicated to sustainable farming practices and humane animal care. Read more …

California Partners

Sand County Foundation

Transparent Black and White 2 copy_thumbSand County Foundation is a private, non-profit conservation organization dedicated to working with private landowners to improve habitat on their land. In the spirit of Aldo Leopold, author of A Sand County Almanac, the Foundation encourages the exercise of private responsibility in the pursuit of improved land health.

“California’s extraordinary natural beauty is matched by its extraordinary leaders in agriculture. We are proud to present this award to a California landowner and share their story of conservation achievement around the country.” – Brent Haglund, Sand County Foundation President

Sustainable Conservation

sus_con_logo1Sustainable Conservation partners with business, agriculture, and government to find practical ways that the private sector can protect clean air, clean water, and healthy ecosystems. The independent nonprofit organization leads powerful collaborations that produce lasting solutions and sustain the vitality of both the economy and the environment in California.

“With more than half of California in private hands, the voluntary conservation efforts of farmers, ranchers and other private landowners is crucial to the vitality of wildlife, humans and the economy.” – Ashley Boren, Sustainable Conservation Executive Director

California Farm Bureau Federation

FBlogoThe California Farm Bureau Federation is California’s largest farm organization. It works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of 53 county Farm Bureaus throughout California, whose members include farm families and those who support the farming way of life.

“The Leopold Conservation Award highlights outstanding examples of the stewardship that family farmers and ranchers contribute every day. Landowners play a crucial role in protecting the environment, providing habitat for wildlife, and maintaining a safe and affordable food supply for consumers.” – Paul Wenger, California Farm Bureau Federation President