We were not ranchers...
when the opportunity to farm my family’s ranch came about, we decided to take up the challenge. Growing up riding and working cattle on the ranch had awakened in me a persistent, itching nostalgia for old-world cattle ranching that did not wane as I grew older, married Ned, had children and became an interior designer in San Francisco. The steep learning curve associated with ranching has proven to me and Ned, a Silicon Valley man, to be an ever-deepening mystery. Who thought you might buy a livestock guard dog only to discover his propensity to chew on sheep’s ears? Or that Longhorn cattle, whose horns are wonderfully decorative, are really quite intimidating when you attempt to move them from field to field? The humbling reality of starting a ranching operation has not thwarted our ambition to bring new life to old ranching traditions, but rather, an unfamiliar and welcome challenge.
We jumped in with passion...
and an ambitious goal to provide pasture raised meats that are packed with nutrition and flavor while being raised sustainably. I immersed myself in the language of regenerative ranching through attending farm conferences around the country and working alongside organic expert, Sean Kriletich. Together we are building systems on the ranch that mix old farming traditions with new land management strategies.
Our Philosophy: Chickens
Two months from chick to finished chicken the goal is to get these chicks out of the brooder and into the pasture as soon as possible. Raised in moveable chicken coops that are rotated daily, the Freedom Rangers enjoy foraging on grass, organic milled grain, whey from our Brown Swiss milk cow, Black Soldier Fly larvae, and fodder grown on the ranch. The finished product is a chicken that tastes like a chicken!
Our Philosophy: Lamb
Our herd of Dorper sheep moves according to our grazing plan. This ensures that they graze the available forage responsibly, enjoying fresh grass while helping us tend our pastures, regenerate our soils and sequester carbon. The meat they produce is mild, a product of a healthy life on our ranch.
Our Philosophy: Beef
From calf to finished weight, the cattle never leave the ranch and are raised on native winter grass land and summer irrigated pastures of clover and mixed grass. We are committed to providing healthy, delicious beef through practices that improve our soil, water, air and community.
Our Philosophy: Bee Keeping
Our bees are busy helping pollinate the olive orchard, lavender field, pastures and gardens. The side benefit to all this work is great honey with a distinct taste of our surrounding landscape.