The Land

Our ranch is located in Marshall, on the east shore of Tomales Bay, with views of Point Reyes and the Pacific beyond. We benefit from the Northern California’s coastal air conditioner; for much of the summer we are shrouded in fog that produces cool days that keep our sheep very happy.

The ranch land of West Marin was settled mostly by Italian-Swiss dairy ranchers. We bought our ranch in 2001 from one of these multi-generational ranching families, the Barboni family.

Our ranch is part of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust. MALT, which was founded by visionary dairy rancher Ellen Straus and wetland biologist Phyllis Faber, was the first land trust in the United States dedicated to preserving farmland and keeping it in productive agriculture. Our pastures are certified organic with MOCA (Marin Organic Certified Agriculture). Our 800 acres are grazed by beef cattle owned by Bill Barboni, as well as by our dairy sheep. With the help of MALT and other agencies, we have undertaken a variety of stewardship projects to maintain the health of the land and the quality of the watershed.

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