Silva Family Dairy, nestled in Tomales in West Marin County on the Northern California Coast, became a certified organic milk supplier for Straus Family Creamery in April 2019. Farmers Louis and Marissa Silva, who have two young children, Paisley and Reed, operate a 220-acre farm with an organic herd of 125 Jersey milking cows.
The Jersey cows produce high butterfat milk, rich in protein, butterfat, and milk solids, creating an incredible high-quality flavor. Jersey cows are smaller than Holstein cows.
Their farm was certified organic in 2017. The decision to become organic was motivated by their desire to improve and protect the soil, water, and health and management of the animals that live on the land and get their nourishment from the region’s coastal grasses.
“Organic dairy farming supports the animals and environment, contributing to healthier soils and better water for the next generation,” says Louis. Marissa adds, “Organic dairy farming practices give consumers confidence that their dairy products are pure in every sense.”