ABOUT LOST COAST FARMS
Lost Coast Farms is made up of a number of ranches in the Mattole River watershed near the little town of Honeydew, California, close by the Lost Coast Wilderness area in Southwest Humboldt County.
Sheep and cattle have been raised on these ranches since the mid-1800's, fed exclusively on grass hay grown on the ranch, supplemented with alfalfa from an organic farm in Southern Oregon. Our pastures have never been sprayed or fertilized with chemicals. Thus, all of our livestock are all-natural, estate-raised, grass-fed animals.
We also have apple orchards planted by the original homesteaders in the 1850s, which still produce fruit for the ranch. Additionally we have pear trees from the early 1900's and several ancient Black Walnut trees that are well over 150 years old.
Lost Coast Farms brings you natural wool products made from fleeces from our flock of Wensleydale sheep. Tender lamb meat from our flock of Katahdin sheep and grass-fed beef from our herd of pure-bred estate-raised Black Angus cows are also available for purchase. None of our stock is given any kinds of chemical supplements such as growth hormones and antibiotics. For pictures and news about what is happening at the farm, look at the NEWS section.
At Lost Coast Farms we raise sheep without using chemical fertilizers and herbicides on our fields, and the sheep grow on grass, clover and alfalfa with no antibiotics or hormone supplements. The livestock are fenced out of the creeks to protect both local wildlife habitat and the quality of the sheeps' drinking water. Our principal protection against native predators are our guard dogs and our own vigilance; because we have chosen not to use lethal control methods against coyotes, bears, and mountain lions, our ranch is "predator friendly". It is a choice which, like many of our land management decisions, acknowledges risk in the interest of learning how to coexist with native species while caring for the land.
Our lambs and beef cattle are processed at a local USDA-inspected facility. Our wool is processed and spun into yarns by a small, family-operated wool mill in Yolo County, California. Our woolen products are made on home knitting machines.
To find out more about our products and how to order them,you may email us firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will be happy to answer all of your questions.