We are grateful for the opportunity to care for our beautiful land with the help of our herd in Northern California.

  • Freestone Ranch – Our home ranch near Valley Ford, Sonoma County.
  • Bay Hill Ranch – A rugged coastal ranch on a hill above Bodega Bay, Sonoma County.
  • River Ranch – Rugged mountains on the bank of the Eel River, Mendocino County.

Restoration Ranching

We use ranching to restore our network of relationships with nature, land, and soil. We aim for a presence, care and daily work with the land where beneficial impacts exceed our negative impacts. It’s a flow of decisions, choices, and learning every day. We want the land, soils, native plants, and wild animals to be healthier and more productive because we are here.


  • Jonathan Gay – Jonathan focuses on ranch infrastructure and restoration projects. He sees the land with its soils, plants, microbes, fungi and animals as a living entity that deserves care and tending. After a career writing software, he appreciates the chance to be working outside and seeing the growing physical results of his efforts.

  • Misty West Gay – Misty is a gardener of all things, flora, fauna, soil microbes, pixels and words. She is a serious home cook and an herbalist, having come to ranching from a career in software and consulting. Her garden is as wild and untenable as this big beautiful life.


Lots to do, lots to love, so much joy. Good food heals. It’s worth every minute.

And we can help!