Countdown to Save Drakes Bay Oyster Farm

A beautiful spread of shellfish and seasonal fare by our chefs, Gerald Gass and Mark Rohrmeier.
Each year, Mrs. McEvoy and our staff at the ranch, trek out to the coast for a beautiful oyster picnic on the edge of Drakes Estero, in the Point Reyes National Seashore, at Drakes Bay Oyster Farm. Feasting on the highest-quality, raw and barbequed bivalves, overlooking the pristine waters they were raised in, is some kind of wonderful that we hope will never end.
Harvesting oysters out of the pristine waters of Drakes Estero.
This year’s trip was especially meaningful, and a bit emotional, as the fate of our beloved oyster farm hangs in the balance. The oyster farm was established nearly 100 years ago and produces 85% of Marin County’s farmed shellfish. Today, the farm is a small, family-run operation that epitomizes sustainable farming, providing significant community, economic and environmental benefits, including its contribution to the San Francisco Bay Area’s sustainable food infrastructure. As stewards of the land, the Lunny Family, who owns the oyster company, raises some of the finest oysters in the world in the pure, nutrient-rich waters of Drake’s Estero.
DBOC Farm Manager, Ginny Lunny
Without the use of feeds, fertilizers, hormones, antibiotics or pesticides, the farm produces a renewable, ecologically beneficial food source that provides ten times more protein than a typical land-based livestock farm. The farm also maintains the last oyster cannery in California and the county’s only shellfish hatchery, both of which help the family provide jobs to 30 local workers. Despite its historical significance, its uniquely productive contribution to our local food supply and economy, and the ecological benefits of oyster culture in the Estero, the National Park Service has expressed its intention not to renew the Drakes Bay Oyster Farm’s on-shore lease when it expires in November of this year. If you’d like to join us in support of Drakes Bay Oyster Farm, please send your thoughts as soon as possible to:
  • Hon. Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington, DC 2024
  • Senator Diane Feinstein, 331 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington DC, 20510
  • Mr. John Jarvis (Director, National Park Service) National Park Service, 1849 C Street, NW, Washington, DC 20240
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