October 25 Meeting: Straus Home Ranch in Marshall

Our October in-person meeting is on a Monday in bucolic Marin County near Marshall, where Vivien Straus will be our host at her family home, Straus Home Ranch. 

Vivien, a board member of Marin Agricultural Land Trust, will discuss MALT’s purpose and achievements. The Marin Agricultural Land Trust has now saved over 90 farms from development, securing those lands in agricultural production in perpetuity. Vivien also created the California Cheese Trail which will be available to help you later explore on your own.

Monday, Oct. 25 Schedule: 

10:00  Meet and Greet (coffee and pastries provided by BATW)

10:15. Brief BATW Business Meeting 

10:30 Michael Straus introduces Straus  Home Ranch

11:15  Vivien Straus discusses Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) and The California Cheese Trail

11:30  Sue Conley co-founder of Cowgirl Creamery leads a cheese tasting of 5 premium cheeses, accompanied by a Heidrun Meadery Mead tasting

12:15 Tour of Straus  Home Ranch and Pasture visit (optional)

Where: The Straus Home Ranch is located at 22888 Shoreline Highway in Marshall, about an hour and 20 minutes from San Francisco. The phone number at the ranch is 414-335-6630. www.StrausHomeRanch.com. Invitation by email only. 

On November 3, BATW will be announcing the win, place and show, and the honorable mentions for the first-ever Lee Foster Photography Awards. Board member Alec Scott has been coordinating the 5-7 pm event to be held at Oakland’s new Moxy Hotel, along with a Zoom event — a virtual and live presentation.

Other fall splashes of color include a Corporate Showcase featuring destination updates and prizes on October 21 and November 11 from 5-6:15 pm, and our annual holiday party. Thanks again to everyone involved in making BATW the premier regional organization for the travel industry.


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