Located in central California's San Benito County, Paicines Ranch is a historic 7,600-acre ranch that works to regenerate ecosystems by growing healthy soil, nutrient-dense food and vibrant, diverse communities.
The Story of the Land
Located in the unceded Mutsun territory of central California, the history of the land that Paicines Ranch sits on reflects the history of the region and the state, both culturally and environmentally. For thousands of years, the indigenous people stewarded the landscape of the area, but late in the 18th century, tremendous change began with the introduction of European domesticated animals, plants, management ideas, and the view that the earth is here to be exploited for financial gain. Our work today is to begin to restore some of the original abundance and diversity that the indigenous peoples thrived on for generations.
The Paicines Ranch landscape encompasses a diverse ecosystem from oak forests to lush riparian to sage chaparral to incredible cliffs formed from geologic shifting. Within these habitats, a bounty of organisms thrives from the microscopic bacteria and fungi to the bloom of native grasses to the mammals grazing this grass to the owls hunting these mammals. All of the life and land are intricately tied together and balance in natural cycles.
Meet the people who steward this land and make it all happen.
From Edible Monterey to Paleo to Crushed winemakers magazine and beyond. See our collection of articles, magzines, and publications we have been featured in.
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Map & Directions
Paicines Ranch is nestled in the heart of San Benito County among the sweeping oak-studded hillsides, about one hour south of San Jose and two hours south of San Francisco. We hope you will visit soon!
Header Image by Elaine Patarini