Document Type


Journal or Conference Title

Birdland Journal

Publication Date

April 2018


The people of rural West Marin County were known to live on the edge. Many were aged hippies who had checked out 40 years ago to live off the land and live off the grid. Many were liberal in their views and wanted to remove themselves from the conveyor belt of modern life while still enjoying the proximity to the cultural offerings of San Francisco. Many were artists and writers needing solitude to capture the flow of their creative process. Some were farmers and makers engaged in the movement of healthy, sustainable living. Despite the 2 million people who visit the Point Reyes peninsula annually, West Marin was unknown to most, but was catapulted to international attention when Prince Charles visited in 2005 to discover the secrets of California organic farming. Still few gave West Marin County much thought. Until recently.~Story Excerpt~