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Oral History: Grossi, Ralph, September 22, 1982 [interview]
Grossi, Ralph, 1949-
Ehat, Carla
Martinelli, Genevieve
Date Created and/or Issued
September 22, 1982
Publication Information
Marin County Free Library. Anne T. Kent California Room
Contributing Institution
Marin County Free Library
Oral Histories
Rights Information
Marin County Free Library. Anne T. Kent California Room
September 22, 1982
Copyright 2009, Anne T. Kent California Room, Marin County Free Library
Ralph, the owner and operator of his family's Marindale Dairy in Novato, describes its daily operations. He also tells the story of his grandfather, Domingo, who came from Switzerland, and started the operation. As an accomplished dairyman, Ralph introduced innovative methods, namely one which converts manure into power. His concerns about the future of agriculture in Marin led him to head the Marin Farm Bureau. At the time of this interview, he was Co-Founder and Chairman of the Marin Agriculture Land Trust (MALT), and went on to head the American Farmland Trust, an organization for farmland preservation. From 1974 to 1984, Carla Ehat, with partner Anne Kent, and later Genevieve Martinelli, interviewed a broad spectrum of Marin County's long-time residents, from ranchers to politicians, including descendants of early pioneer families. This program was co-sponsored by the Marin County Free Library and the Moya Library in Ross. The resulting archive, consisting of nearly 300 recordings and their corresponding transcriptions, are housed in the Anne T. Kent California Room at the Civic Center branch of the Marin County Free Library.
1 sound cassette; 53 minutes
OH_Grossi, Ralph
Oral Histories
Dairy farming
Dairy products industry
Agricultural machinery & implements
Farmers' groups
Ehat, Carla
Martinelli, Genevieve
Grossi, Ralph, 1949-
Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT)
Marin Farm Bureau
American Farmland Trust
Marin County (Calif.)
Novato (Calif.)
Point Reyes National Seashore (Calif.)
Olema (Calif.)

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