Participants on the annual Wise Traditions farm tour had the pleasure of visiting Kevin and Mary Lunny’s farm in the heart of the gorgeous Point Reyes National Seashore. We were fascinated to learn how oysters are raised with great care for the sustainability and conservation of this area. Our appreciation of the oyster grew as we learned of their ability to process as much as 55 gallons of water per day, filtering out pollutants and either eating them or shaping them into harmless packets deposited at the bottom of the bay. Drake’s Estero has been in commercial oyster production for nearly 100 years and is the site of the last operating oyster cannery in California. It helps keep the Drakes Estero healthy for a wide variety of flora and fauna and is a sustainable, environmentally friendly food source.
Drakes Bay Oyster Farm needs your help. The National Park Service plans to shut down the historic farm, but your participation can help protect this sustainable shellfish. Visit www.alsamarin.org to support the campaign to save the farm.
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Winter 2008.