Category: Farmers

Noni’s Sheep

Written by Sasha Wirth; Photographed by Paige Green It began with only two sheep. Soon the two turned into eight. Then eighteen. Forty. Before long, Stemple Creek Ranch found itself with hundreds of sheep roaming the hillsides. “The first two sheep started off as my grandmother’s pets,” laughs Loren Poncia, the fourth-generation caretaker of land […]

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Wild Oat Hollow: Breeding Vitality

Written & Photographed by Kalie Ilana Cassel-Feiss Bright and luscious, glowing from within. Reflective and plump in the piercing winter light — this is how the grass shone verdant on the day I arrived at Wild Oat Hollow, a small homestead situated on a flat two-acre parcel in the tiny town of Penngrove, California. Wild […]

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Indigo in Hand at Red Twig Farm

Written and Photographed by Kalie llana Cassel-Feiss It all started with a gift: fifty tiny seedlings, exchanged from one woman’s hands to another. The seedlings were Polygonum tinctorium, whose body is made of glassy green almond-shaped leaves, tiny pink flower buds, and whose dye creates the infamous world-renowned deep blue our eyes love to drink […]

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Always Good Natured: Skyelark Ranch

Written by May Reid-Marr and photographed by Alycia Lang Alexis and Gillies Robertson, the team behind Skyelark Ranch, both come from environmental conservation backgrounds.  Their interest in, and commitment to, sustainable agriculture is born of this background, and it is present in every aspect of how they manage the 120 acres that make up the […]

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Timeless Shepherding

written by Marie Hoff and Dustin Kahn; photographed by Paige Green   For Bill Jensen and his son, Jim, ranching is in their blood.  Jensen Ranch has been in the family since 1856, when Jim’s great-great-great grandfather, Joseph Irvin, emigrated to Tomales, California from Ireland.  Irvin Lane is still the name of the street where […]

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A Merry Menagerie

Written by Terra Christian and photographed by Alycia Lang Tucked in the golden, rolling hills just north of Vacaville, California, Menagerie Hill Ranch is a small, family-run alpaca ranch .  Deb Galway and Kirk Howard, the owners and operators, started keeping animals with just a few sheep to keep the grass down some twenty years […]

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Fibershed Knitalong Roundtable

The Fibershed Knitalong is a collaborative endeavor that will support us all growing closer to the land that shelters us. It is an invitation to deepen your understanding of your region through connecting with local fiber producers and creating a regionally grown garment with your own two hands. Here, we asked a few Fibershed members and […]

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Eye of the Stockwoman

Written by Traci Prendergast and photographed by Alycia Lang As I park at Spring Coyote Ranch, the first thing that comes into perspective is the sweeping view of Tomales Bay.  In between the water and myself is Kelli and Ken Dunaj’s home. From the outside, it looks like a modern house mixed with elements of wood […]

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Red Creek Farm: A Homespun Homestead

Written and photographed by Brittany Cole Bush During especially heavy rains, a small creek running through Peggy Agnew and Jonathan Whipple’s parcel of irrigated valley in Mendocino County will turn a burnt red color from a loose patch of red dirt high up in the hills. It is from this phenomenon that the farm, nestled alongside rolling […]

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