LandCAN Conservation Success Stories

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Full Belly Farm

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Full Belly FarmLocated northwest of Sacramento, Full Belly Farm is co-owned by Andrew Brait, Paul Muller, Judith Redmond and Dru Rivers. They began farming together in the 1980’s when many farms were failing and there was no established organic produce marketing system.


 

Giacomazzi Dairy

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Giacomazzi DairyDino Giacomazzi is a fourth-generation dairy farmer whose farm is comprised of 900 dairy cows on 900 acres in Hanford where the farm has operated since 1893. Dino represents what it means to farm responsibly and sustainably, enhancing natural resources as part of his work.


 

Koopmann Ranch

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Koopmann RanchTim Koopmann is a third generation rancher who owns and operates an 850 acre cow-calf operation in Sunol. The Koopmanns’ ranch is an agricultural gem surrounded by development.


 

Lange Twins Wine Estates

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Lange Twins Wine EstatesBrad and Randy Lange are third-generation winegrape growers on their 6,500-acre Lange Twins Wine Estates vineyard near Lodi. The Langes have improved natural habitat on their property through restoration of a riparian area along the Mokelumne River and the implementation of unique, eco-friendly pest-control methods.


 

Lone Star Ranch

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Lone Star RanchLocated near Eureka in Humboldt County, the 5,000-acre, fifth-generation Lone Star Ranch is a shining example of diversity and environmental stewardship. The ranch is owned by Mark and Dina Moore, who are both strong believers in voluntary conservation practices, often striving to exceed the minimum regulatory obligations to improve and sustain natural resources, wildlife and ecosystems. Their mission is to “leave a legacy of stewardship and long term financial security to the ranch and children”.


 

Lundberg Family Farms

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Lundberg Family Farms The Lundberg family’s commitment to agricultural conservation can be traced back to the ravages of the Dust Bowl.


 

Montna Farms

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Montna FarmsAl Montna, whose family has been farming in California since the late 1800s, has grown various crops through the years, such as peaches, prunes, wheat, and walnuts. Today, his Montna Farms consists of more than 2,500 acres of specialty short grain rice.


 

Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company

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Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese CompanyBob and Dean Giacomini purchased a dairy from Bob’s father and ran their fluid milk business while raising four daughters on the farm in coastal Marin County.


 

Prather Ranch

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Prather RanchJim and Mary Rickert have worked in production agriculture all of their lives, developing a deep love for the land and wildlife on the many acres they manage. Hired in 1979 by the original owner of Prather Ranch, the Rickerts have responsibly managed the land and recently became majority owners. Under their care, Prather Ranch has grown from 3,000 acres of pasture, hay and timberland, to over 35,000 acres.


 

Red Rock Ranch

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Red Rock RanchJohn Diener’s Red Rock Ranch consists of approximately 5,000 acres in Fresno County. He farms an array of high value row crops, using innovative approaches to land, water, and wildlife management.


 

Sierra Orchards

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Sierra OrchardsCraig McNamara’s 450-acre Sierra Orchards is a diversified farming operation that includes field, processing, and marketing operations and produces organic walnuts and grape rootstock. Sierra Orchards is proof that an agricultural operation is able to be green without going into the red.


 

Thomson International, Inc.

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Thomson International, Inc.Jeff Thomson’s great-grandfather, C.B. Crawford, began farming near his 160-acre homestead in 1888. After the farm’s water source ran dry, he became a market duck hunter on Jerry Slough, 40 miles west of Bakersfield. With money saved from duck sales, C.B. bought several farming parcels that are still farmed by the Thomson family today.


 

Three Creeks Ranch

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Three Creeks RanchChet Vogt’s Three Creeks Ranch in Glenn County is a 5,300 acre 500 cow/calf operation. The core of Chet’s holistic approach to ranching is intensive managed grazing, which rotates the cattle among 32 fenced paddocks.


 

Beatty Canyon Ranch

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Beatty Canyon RanchBeatty Canyon Ranch shines at doing right by the land, water, livestock and wildlife amid the grandeur of southeastern Colorado’s canyon landscape.


 

Bohart Ranch

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Bohart RanchDick Tanner grew up on the Bohart Ranch after his father, Jim Tanner began managing it for Field Bohart in 1942. After attending college and spending several years in agricultural finance in Denver, he and his wife, Sandra, decided to return to the ranch. Today, the Tanner family ranches 48,000 acres of State Land Board land year Yoder, Colorado in addition to acreage that has been in Sandra's family for more tnan 50 years. The family runs a 700-1,200 head cow-calf operation, depending on range conditions.


 

Capps Ranch

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Capps RanchSam Capps’ grandfather homesteaded the The Capps Ranch Limited Partnership after the Civil War. The Capps and Menegatti’s management on 28,000 deeded acres has enabled wildlife numbers to continue to grow each year resulting in a 50% overall increase in wildlife population and improved wildlife quality.


 

Coleman Ranch

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Coleman RanchThe fifth-generation Coleman Ranch consists of irrigated meadows and mixed short- and tallgrass prairie in Saguache, located approximately 200 miles southwest of Denver. The ranch, owned and operated by Jim and Frances Coleman, their son, Tim, and his wife, Teddi, has raised certifed natural organic beef under the Coleman Natural brand for almost 30 years.


 

Flying Diamond Ranch

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Flying Diamond RanchFor over 100 years, the Johnson family’s philosophy has been to leave resources under their stewardship in better condition than when they found them, and to pass their ranch on to the next generation. Located near Kit Carson, Flying Diamond Ranch is now in its fifth generation and the family is determined to pass it on to the sixth.


 

McNeil Ranch

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McNeil RanchThe McNeil’s pioneering work in the San Luis Valley on cooperative water usage regimes, alternative calving seasons, more economical haying methods, and organic certification of their ranch earned them state and national conservation awards. The McNeils founded the Rock Creek Heritage Project working to conserve 15,000 acres of ranch lands adjoining Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, and serve in numerous community leadership roles. They have been intricately involved in making their own operation better, sharing skills with other ranchers, and initiating community-driven conservation projects. 


 

Mesa de Maya Ranch

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Mesa de Maya RanchJohn and Carolyn Doherty’s 32,000-acre ranch in Las Animas County is the product of five generations of outstanding land management. John’s grandfather, “Papa Joe,” understood the importance of conservation, especially water management, to a ranching operation. His approach was passed down to John’s parents, Joe and “Tiny.”