We started out with the aim of cultivating the highest quality oysters possible, and that is still the driving principle behind Hog Island. Good things grow slowly and that is what we have tried to do, developing sustainable aquaculture techniques to produce superior shellfish that taste wonderful while building a community of like-minded people.
We take a great care in everything that we do, from cultivating oysters through to the ways in which we work with our environment and finally how we present our product to you. We call it our "Bay to Bar" philosophy - every step is important and we want to ensure that we always meet the high standards that we set ourselves.
"Strong backs and weak minds" was our early motto in July of 1983 when we planted our first oyster seed in Tomales Bay, CA. We started with a five-acre shellfish lease, a handful of spat, and a headful of dreams. Marine biologists by day, oyster farmers by night, and everything else in between just to stay afloat. Through the support of oyster lovers like you, exceptional partnerships, and a trusting community we've surpassed our own wildest imaginations.
With partners John Finger and Terry Sawyer at the helm, Hog Island Oyster Co. has grown to become one of the premiere producers of certified sustainable shellfish. With 160 acres in Tomales Bay, we harvest and sell over 3.5 million oysters, Manila clams and mussels each year. Our thriving 'family' of 200 plus employees cultivate, shuck and serve an exceptional oyster experience at Hog Island locations in Marshall, Napa and San Francisco.
Some of us pull on grundens to go to work in the morning and some of us put on a chef's hat. As Hog Island has grown so has our family and the range of different jobs that we do.
We are proud to have built a community of colleagues and customers, friends and neighbors, who share a passion for oysters and the lifestyle that comes with them.
Meet some of our team.
We're proud to join a global community of businesses (including Patagonia, Ben & Jerry’s, Etsy, and Seventh Generation) as a Certified B Corporation. B Corps are companies that have been certified to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. Worldwide, there are more than 1,800 Certified B Corporations across 120 industries and 50 countries working together toward one unifying goal: people using business as a force for good.
In 2016, Hog Island Oyster Co. became a legally-incorporated California Benefit Corporation. Benefit corporations have a corporate purpose to create a material positive impact on society and the environment and are required to report on their overall social and environmental performance.
See our certified B Corp Profile.