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MARIN COUNTY, Calif. -- His Royal Highness Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will visit the Point Reyes Farmer's Market this weekend. The royal visit, organized by Marin Organic, draws attention to the efforts of Marin Organic and many other organizations in Marin County working to promote and protect sustainable agriculture.
"We are working to create the first all-organic county in the nation -- a county in which residents and eaters recognize their mutual interdependence," said Helge Hellberg, executive director of Marin Organic. "The visit of His Royal Highness and his wife is such an amazing honor and confirmation that our work here is of critical importance far beyond our county line."
Marin Organic is part of a group of several organizations and governmental agencies that work collaboratively to support agriculture in the county. Marin County is home to internationally acclaimed pioneers in organic foods and farming, and last November it became one of the first counties in America to ban genetically engineered crops.
"Marin County is unique because it has some of the country's best organic producers," said Hellberg, noting such organic members as Warren Weber of Star Route Farms, the oldest continuously certified organic farm in California; Sue Conley of Cowgirl Creamery, home of award-winning organic cheeses; and Straus Family Creamery, the first organic dairy west of the Mississippi.