Black Rock Ranch
Stinson Beach, CA
Article on the Blog Stewards of Stinson
We have a small ranch at the western foot of Mt. Tamalpais in Stinson Beach where we grow flowers, olive trees, chickens, and sheep. After considerable research we decided to bring Santa Cruz Island sheep onto the property for their small stature, drought tolerance, and ability to thrive on marginal forage. They are also highly valued for their fire control, particularly given our position on the mountain. The sheep have a rich and fascinating history and are on the Critically Endangered list through The Livestock Conservancy. We are honored to be conservation stewards for the breed.
We are indebted to Lynn and Jim Moody of Blue Oak Canyon Ranch for their participation in the careful conservation of this breed and graciously sharing their years of knowledge with us. Our sheep are from the Moody stock and we are excited to share information and wool from this special breed.
We are deeply respectful of our precious resources including water. Our trees and flowers are irrigated via a roof catchment water system, which we have also installed on our sheep barn. We are currently utilizing rotational grazing methods to enhance pasture vitality and are employing regenerative soil practices.
Seasonally we sell flowers, wreaths, pastured eggs and will soon add wool and olive oil. We are also hosting fiber arts classes by local experts during the summer months.
We are Sandra and Rob Guidi and we’re pleased to meet you.
Photo Credit: Kalie Ilana Kassel-Feiss