Loren and Lisa Poncia, along with 2 to 4 full- and part-time employees.
1,000 acres in Marin, about 55 miles from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, plus additional land leased in Mendocino and Humboldt counties.
Loren Poncia’s great-grandfather Angelo immigrated to California from Italy in 1897 and began raising dairy cows, pigs, and chickens in Marin, home of Stemple Creek Ranch. The Poncias farmed dairy cattle until 1989, when they transitioned to beef. Loren and his wife, Lisa, now raise Angus cattle and Dorset and Shropshire lamb in Marin, Mendocino, and Humboldt counties.
Stemple Creek’s livestock are born in the fields and raised in open pasture throughout their lives, without artificial hormones, growth promotants, or antibiotics. All animals are grass fed and grass finished, with no supplemental corn, soy, or grain. Hay is harvested from their certified organic pastures in the spring to save for times when green grass is scarce. The Poncias strive to steward their land in harmony with nature by practicing sound rotational grazing, feeding the soil, and restoring riparian habitat.
Pasture is certified by Marin Organic Certified Organic Agriculture. Animal welfare is certified by Global Animal Partnership.
Sandy clay loam. Soil management practices include cover crops, mulching, soil amendments, raw animal manure, aged manure, and compost.
Rainfall and dryland farming.
Fire and hand and machine cultivation.
Stemple Creek Ranch participates in the Marin Carbon Project, which seeks to help farmers harness the carbon sequestration potential of rangeland in response to climate change.
CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of farmers markets and educational programs. Learn More »