Our vision is to consciously shift from the prevailing cultural ethics of disparity and disconnection to abundance and interconnection.
At Pajaro Pastures we seek to reconnect the seemingly distant paradigms of ecology and agriculture. By reintegrating soil, plants, and animals we work to better understand ecological workings of our whole farm/ecological system to provide you with the highest quality products and while protecting and enhancing the environment.
Our Ecological ranch is a diverse array of habitats. From sun-soaked meadows to shady creek beds, this landscape is alive.
The ranch is primarily mixed annual grass with native perennial grasses, herbs, and shrubs. A portion of the animalss’ grazing area is mixed oak woodland. In the underbrush, the chickens sift through the decaying leaf matter finding oak moth larvae. The chickens grazing also control the local tick populations which aids in preventing the spread of lyme disease. We continue to demonstrate that our rotational grazing strategies are improving the grassland not only in biological productivity but also promoting ecological diversity.
Unlike the average “free-range” or/and “cage free” chicken farm we move the birds’ grazing area every week. Our chickens primarily eat native vegetation and are also fed High Quality Certified Organic Chicken Feed, Certified Organic Vegetables, and Brewers Grain. Our birds spend all day outside doing fun activities such as: suntanning, dust-bathing, exploring, hunting bugs, and of course napping. At night they perch safely inside their mobile coop. A solar-powered electric fence and G the livestock guard dog work day and night to keep chickens safe.
The ranch is primarily mixed annual grassland with mustard, chicory, and native perennial grasses. We have three heritage breeds of chickens, about 150 Rhode Island Reds/New Hampshire Reds, 150 Rhode Island Red/Rhode Island Whites, and 50 Black Sex-links.
The adventure began in 2007. I was a freshman at UCSC making my way through the academic world when I signed up for a gardening class in the Kresge Garden. At first the gardening course was just a way for me to get outside, use my body, and get muddy. After a couple of weeks of turning steaming hot compost piles, caring for the soil, carefully sowing seeds, irrigating, harvesting, and enjoying with the classroom community something clicked inside of me. Almost without realizing I was eating a salad we had just harvested complete with edible flowers, homemade dressing, munching away with my classmates, everything felt in its place. This was just the beginning; Throughout the following four years I had the opportunity to trial experimental gardening practices while engaging with the traditional techniques of sustainable agriculture. To be continued…….
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|LOCATION||1931 old San Jose Rd. Soquel, CA|
|PRODUCTS||Pasture Raised Organic-fed Eggs and Meat, Heirloom Vegetables, Heritage Fruit trees.|