William Nunes and Lianne Nunes-Taverna, the brother and sister team, operate Drakes View Dairy on 866-acres at the Historic A Ranch in the Point Reyes National Seashore. They joined Straus Family Creamery as a certified organic milk supplier in July 2019 with an organic herd of 85 Jersey and Jersey-Holstein cross breed cows. Drakes View Dairy is a new farming business, situated on land that has been farmed in their family for 100 years. Three sides of Drakes View Dairy are surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, and on fog-free days, the location offers stunning views of the water and distant coastal towns.
William and Lianne are thrilled to continue the family legacy in the same location that their great-great-grandfather first started a century ago. They believe that organic dairy farming practices help them create a healthy environment for future generations.
Their great-great-grandfather JV Mendoza immigrated from the Azores, Portugal, in the late 1890s, purchasing both the Historic A and Historic B Ranches on December 17, 1919. (The Mendoza Dairy is located on the Historic B Ranch and is the first dairy farm in the Point to produce milk for Straus Family Creamery.)