Loren is the 4th generation of his family to ranch on the same location. He was born and raised in Tomales , the son of Al and Cathie Poncia. Loren studied Dairy Science and Ag Business at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and took a job in corporate America after college.
Loren always dreamed of coming back to the ranch to pursue his passion, and by creating this business with his wife Lisa, is now following that dream. Loren manages the entire ranching operation, including spending countless hours studying and planning the careful genetics of our herd, managing the pastures to increase efficiency and decrease stress to the environment, and making sure all of our sheep and cows are well cared for.
Loren’s goal is to produce grass-fed and grass-finished beef that is flavorful, tender, well-marbled, and tastes just as good, if not better, than grain-finished meat. According to our customers, his hard work has paid off!
Lisa grew up in Southern California far from the world of Agriculture and met Loren while they were both students at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. In addition to her own professional endeavors, Lisa runs much of the business behind the ranch and works with many of the customers that make our business possible.
Josh is the newest member of our team. He was born and raised in Bath County, VA on a family farm and studied Environmental Science at the University of Virginia. He manages the inventory and distribution side of our business, as well as our two farmers markets (Ferry Plaza in San Francisco and the Marin County Civic Center). A fun fact about Josh is that he completed an unsupported bike tour from Oregon to Maine when he was 17. It's fair to say that when Josh is not working hard for Stemple Creek Ranch, he can be found conquering new climbs and exploring new places on his beloved set of two wheels.
Karen is a professional copywriter, photographer, and social media strategist who joined our team as Community Manager in 2012. She crafts our blog posts and newsletters in addition to managing our social platforms. Karen’s beautiful photography captures the people, animals, and landscape of our ranch.
Effrain is Loren's right-hand man on the ranch. He makes sure our animals are well fed and truly "happy cows" and that all of our pastures are in tip-top shape.
Avery & Julianna Poncia
The next generation of Stemple Creek Ranch.