Dr. Preston Maring is an enthusiastic home cook and advocate for healthy, sustainable food.
He was a physician at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Oakland, CA, where he practiced from 1971 until his retirement in December 2013.
He was board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and received his medical degree from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Maring started a farmers market at his medical center for the benefit of staff, members, visitors, local farmers and the community. The success of this first market inspired Kaiser Permanente employees at multiple facilities to create more than 50 markets in six states and the District of Columbia. More recently, he worked with Kaiser Permanente, the Community Alliance with Family Farmers and the Bay Area Physicians for Social Responsibility to help create a system to encourage healthcare institutions to purchase sustainable and locally grown produce.