Born & Grazed: What is Rotational Grazing?

AUTHOR: Karen Pavone POSTED: Apr 28, 2016 CATEGORY: How We Ranch

Born & Grazed: What is Rotational Grazing?

At Stemple Creek Ranch, we pride ourselves on raising grass fed and finished beef and lamb. What does that mean exactly? It means from birth to harvest, our animals feast on a diet of natural organic forage that grows in our fields. This practice differs from most conventionally raised meat animals that spend the early months of their lives on pasture before being “finished” on…

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Wildlife Enhancement: Getting Our Ducks In A Row

AUTHOR: Karen Pavone POSTED: Mar 3, 2016 CATEGORY: How We Ranch

Wildlife Enhancement: Getting Our Ducks In A Row

Last Saturday we had a special work party. Nineteen gun-hoe kid and adult volunteers came out to the ranch to help us construct “duck tubes” which we place in our pond each spring. These sturdy nests, made from wire netting stuffed with natural forage, will provide safe nesting habitat for the wild Mallards that visit us.

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STRAW visits Stemple Creek

AUTHOR: Karen Pavone POSTED: Jan 23, 2016 CATEGORY: Special Events

STRAW visits Stemple Creek

Embracing the opportunity to teach kids about environmental sustainability is an important part of our Stemple Creek Ranch philosophy. When kids experience Mother Nature in a personal way it plants the seed of stewardship and responsibility for the care of land and animals. We believe that when children connect with the Earth through project-based learning they are more likely to become conservation-minded adults. That’s why…

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MALT Directors' BBQ 2015

AUTHOR: Karen Pavone POSTED: Oct 12, 2015 CATEGORY: Special Events

MALT Directors' BBQ 2015

Each fall the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) hosts its annual Directors’ Barbecue; a special afternoon of food and festivities for devoted supporters of the non-profit. The event is held on a MALT-protected property, and we were delighted when Stemple Creek Ranch was chosen as this year’s venue. MALT has a special place in our hearts. Both Loren and his dad, Al Poncia, have…

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Talking Soil

AUTHOR: Karen Pavone POSTED: Sep 16, 2015 CATEGORY: How We Ranch

Talking Soil

The soil is our lifeblood and the source of our livelihood. Since we are committed to raising livestock on a diet of natural grass, we must constantly strive to manage our resources as best we can. Our animals depend on the health and productivity of our fields for their food. Without them, we would have no business. To gain a better understanding of where…

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