Mollie and Roger Sitkin, along with 5 part-time employees.
1,000 acres in Linden, about 98 miles from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.
Located in the San Joaquin Valley, Old Dog Ranch has seen many transformations since Mollie’s great-great grandfather purchased the land in 1912. It was originally a sheep ranch, and Mollie’s father, Roger, started growing apples, blueberries, and annual crops when he took over. Apple trees gave way to walnut orchards, which thrive in the area’s deep, well-drained soil and low winter temperatures. A small portion of the land is farmed; 90% of the ranch is wildlife habitat. One of the Sitkins’ three walnut orchards is Certified Organic with another currently transitioning to organic. To diversify the farms’ offerings, Mollie launched the farm’s value-added product line, including seasoned walnuts and walnut butters. Mollie also planted specialty peppers to be used in seasoning the walnuts, and introduced five bee hives that produce the honey used in the walnut butter.
Some of the farm has been certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) since 2012, while some is currently in transition.
Sandy loam augmented with compost.
Drip and sprinkler irrigation from an on-site well.
Hand cultivation, mulching, and fire.
Crop rotation, releasing and planting habitat for beneficial insects, and pheremone disruptors.
Old Dog Ranch is named for the Sitkin family’s two long-lived canine companions, Mollie Dog and Poppy.
Montara, California 95236
Having spent 6 years juggling restaurant jobs and a music career, Giovanni was able to travel and learn more about American butchery by visiting shops and restaurants in different cities every night.
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