Acorn Ranch lies at the Southern end of the Anderson Valley, just after descending Hale’s grade along Highway 128 in Mendocino, CA. Front Porch Farm’s livestock program resides at Acorn Ranch, where Dorper Sheep roam the valley’s oak inhabited hills.
We raise a South African breed of sheep called Dorper, characterized by their hardiness and strong frames. Dorpers are a ‘hair’ sheep (rather than ‘wool’ sheep). “Hair” breeds don’t require shearing and because they don’t produce as much lanolin, possess a remarkably mild and clean-tasting product, preferred by many knowledgeable chefs.
The sheep are rotationally grazed at Acorn Ranch with the intention of increasing organic matter and shifting the plant communities back to native perennials. When summer sets in, and the savannah goes dry, our annual lamb crop moves down to irrigated pasture at Front Porch Farm, allowing them to maintain good weight gain and add nutrients to the crop rotation at the farm.
Everyone likes lamb, especially the local coyote, puma, and bear neighbors who roam wild nearby the farm. Thanks to our wonderful, hard-working guard dogs, Layla and Bochy, the hungry neighbors are kept at a safe distance.
Find Our Meats
Our grass-fed lamb is available exclusively via our Lamb Shares.
Contact Tommy for more information, or to order your Lamb Share: firstname.lastname@example.org
Larger custom orders are also available by calling Acorn Ranch directly at (707) 894-8520.
Acorn Ranch is nestled in the upper reaches of Northern California’s Anderson Valley. Stately oak trees dot lush grasslands on the south-facing slopes, while dense mixed oak forest covers the north-facing lands. Pig heaven.
The ranch landscape is reminiscent of the Tuscan forest region, home to the Cintas for well over 700 years, making it familiar terrain for our Cinta pigs. Centuries of breeding have equipped them with the long strong legs, robust health, and fine-tuned foraging instincts necessary to thrive here. Year round they benefit from the rich complement of forage diversity, natural shelter, and fresh water opportunities.
Pair our meat with one of our wines
The old Johnson Ranch, now Acorn Ranch, holds many stories of local agriculture and ranch life in Mendocino County. We look forward to helping write new chapters in its history.
Our ultimate goal is to learn how to farm in harmony with this place.