Stories

Ranches

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.

People

  • Jonathan Gay – Jonathan focuses on ranch infrastructure and restoration projects. He sees the land with it’s 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 builds networks of beef lovers, moms, vendors, processors, and gorgeous babies with two feet and four. She handles Customer Service for the Ranch. She’s a Member of the Sonoma County Food System Alliance and a serious home cook and gardener, having come to ranching from a career in software and consulting. Her garden is as wild and untenable as this big beautiful life.

Cooking

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

And we can help.