Pilot Project: Tresch Family Farms
As part of the launch of our new Restore California program, we’re pleased to direct our first grant to help fund a new compost application project at Tresch Family Farms in Sonoma County. Funds for this pilot project were generated by diners at Mission Chinese Food SF and Handline (Sonoma)—two restaurants that both source from Tresch by way of partners Straus Family Creamery and Mindful Meats.
Tresch Family Farms encompasses two adjacent organic dairy farms in Sonoma County. The Tresches were the second farmers in California to be certified organic, and one of the first independent suppliers for Straus – the first 100% organic creamery in the United States. The family remains committed to environmental stewardship today, passing down these values to their children who now help manage the farms.
The compost application funded by Restore California will cover approximately 25 acres and sequester more than 100 tons of carbon annually (equivalent to not burning over 11,000 gallons of gas each year). Additionally, the Tresch family will be partnering with the Sonoma Resource Conservation District to develop a Carbon Farm Plan for adopting land management practices that sequester carbon and increase ecosystem resilience.
Note, this project originally launched in January 2020 but was put on hold because of COVID-19. The project was completed in fall 2020.