Here's a few Northern California farmers raising well nurtured and pastured animals for the market.
Freestone Ranch is a small, family-owned ranch in western Sonoma County. They raise Black Angus cattle without the use of antibiotics, vaccines, or growth hormones. The herd’s primary ration is grass, supplemented with top-quality alfalfa, kelp meal, and sea salt for minerals.
Clark Summit Farm located in northwest Marin is a small fourth generation farm. They raise grass-fed cattle, hogs and laying hens with the greatest of care a few miles inland from the ocean, between Tomales and Bodega Bays, where the foggy mists extend their grazing season.
A significant part of the pleasure of eating is in one’s accurate consciousness of the lives and the world from which food comes.-Wendell Berry
Paicines Ranch is in the picturesque Cienega Valley, just fifteen minutes south of Hollister. Here they raise grass-fed cattle and sheep. No growth hormones, antibiotics, or chemical fertilizers are ever used.
Salmon Creek Ranch is a small, family-owned 200+ acre ranch on the Sonoma County coast, about 90 minutes north of San Francisco and two miles from the sea. They offer pasture raised, grass-fed Muscovy duckling, certified organic by CCOF. They also offer certified organic duck eggs and can ship anywhere in the U.S. via priority mail.
Sinclair Family Farm in Placer County sells pasture-raised lamb, pork and poultry. They use their own natural fertilizers and their eggs are vividly orange-yolked and delicious.
Fallon Hills Ranch provides 65 acres of pasture in Marin County for both cattle and sheep. Their fields are covered in a unique mix of perennial rye grass, subterranean clover, orchard grass and wild fescue producing healthy, grass-fed cattle and sheep.
Casari Ranch is the first farm in Mendocino County to be Certified Grassfed by A Greener World (AGW). This is the only certification and logo in the U.S. and Canada that guarantees food products come from animals fed a 100 percent grass and forage diet, raised outdoors on pasture or range for their entire lives, and managed according to the Animal Welfare Approved leading welfare and environmental standards on an independent family farm. While other grassfed labels exist, many fall short when it comes to the maintenance of a consistently grassfed and forage diet, environmental management, and animal welfare standards.