Win 2 Tickets to Paradise with Equal Exchange!

Register daily for a chance to win two seats on a group delegation to Mexico.
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October 17, 2013 /3BL Media/ - Equal Exchange is celebrating National Co-op Month by introducing Bird of Paradise, a limited reserve, single-origin coffee from Mexico. Register here for a chance to win two seats on their group delegation to visit the Ecological Farmers of the Sierra Madres of Chiapas (CESMACH)! They grow the beans roasted in Equal Exchange’s limited reserve Bird of Paradise coffee.

First Impressions of Africa

TransCanada employees share their experiences while on secondment in Ghana and Zambia

It’s not every day that your employer serves you fried caterpillars with lunch.

But it’s what TransCanada employee Tim Hirtle recently ate while working with Forest Fruits Ltd., a company that produces Zambezi Gold organic honey and provides a sustainable income to more than 6,000 beekeepers in rural Zambia.

“They make lunch every day for all the workers. The owner’s wife is a nurse, so she makes sure to balance the nutritional content of the lunches throughout the week,” says Tim. “I totally just ate fried caterpillar with lunch today.”

Spring Newsletter 2013


What's new? We have two new ice-cream flavors: Cookies & Cream and Vanilla Chocolate Chip - both are gluten free! Albert Straus speaks out at the NOSB meeting in Portland, a bit of Straus Family Creamery history, and the majority of dairies in Marin and Sonoma Counties are certified organic. 

Straus Family Creamery Introduces New, Organic Ice Cream Flavors: Cookies & Cream and Vanilla Chocolate Chip – both are gluten free

Two beloved flavors, with Straus Family Creamery’s authentic, fresh dairy taste
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Petaluma, Calif., May 21, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Just in time for summer and in response to the growing demand for gluten-free desserts, Straus Family Creamery is proud to announce two new ice-cream flavors: Cookies & Cream, and Vanilla Chocolate Chip. Cookies & Cream is the first and only certified organic, gluten-free version of this flavor on the market today.

The Ambohimena School Project

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Aura Cacia just completed its first project associated with its 1% organic fund. Proceeds funded the construction of a new preschool in Madagascar, where we source our Ylang Ylang essential oil. Now fifty to sixty children are receiving a head start on their education.

Read more about Aura Cacia's program giving back 1% of organic essential oil sales to support farmers and their communities.

Straus Family Creamery’s New Wholesale Bag-In-Box, Organic Milk Now on the Menu at UC Santa Barbara

Northern California, organic, artisan dairy is the newest addition to UCSB’s innovative sustainable food program
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Petaluma, Calif., February 26, 2013 /3BL Media/Northern California organic dairy pioneer Straus Family Creamery is pleased to introduce organic, 5-gallon bag-in-box milk, a brand new wholesale product designed especially for foodservice operations. Already in the glasses of thousands of University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) students, this milk fits seamlessly with the growing sustainable food movement on college campuses, including the University of California system. 

RSF Social Finance Makes a Loan to EcoScraps

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SAN FRANCISCO, January 28, 2013 /3BL Media/ - RSF Social Finance (RSF) is pleased to announce a $500,000 loan to EcoScraps, a provider of organic, chemical and manure-free lawn and garden products. RSF financing will help fund EcoScraps’ rapid growth as it continues to expand its network of waste management partnerships and exposure in retail outlets across the country.

Water Reuse & Methane Digestion at Straus Family Creamery

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This video is a project of the water stewardship video series by the Ecological Farming Association. This video features Straus Family Creamery in Tomales Bay, CA. President, Albert Straus discusses the farm's energy production system of methane digestion, which utilizes recycled water, and methane captured from cow manure. The methane produced from the breakdown of manure is turned into enough energy to run their whole dairy, power Albert's car and put power back onto the grid. Now that is some powerful poop!

A Dairy Making Sure Manure Isn’t Waste


“It takes a lot of energy to produce milk,” Albert Straus tells us almost immediately after we arrive at his dairy. He would know. Straus owns and runs the Straus Family Dairy and a nearby creamery in Tomales Bay, just north of San Francisco. With knee-high boots trudging through mud, Straus shows us the 300 cows he manages, a herd whose milk becomes cheese, ice cream, butter, and yogurt that gets distributed across much of the U.S.

RSF Social Finance Announces a Loan to Organic Trade Association

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SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 28, 2013 /3BL Media/ - RSF Social Finance is pleased to announce a new relationship with the Organic Trade Association (OTA), a membership-based business association that focuses on the organic business community in North America. Founded in 1985, its mission is to promote and protect the growth of organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public, and the economy. OTA is the largest and most recognizable voice for the organic industry in the United States as it represents over 6,500 organic businesses across 49 states.


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