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The Ranch


The Ranch

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The Ranch


The Ranch

 

Where Fresh Air meets Hard Work...

Irish Oaks Ranch is located in a fertile valley, in the rolling hills of the Central Coast of California.  Approximately 10 miles off the coast of the great Pacific Ocean, the air is filled with moisture and the temperatures stay mild, which provides the perfect recipe to grow great things.

Doing More with Less... 

Is it possible to raise a sustainable source of food for a family of five on a small parcel of land?  We have found the answer to be an astounding YES!  Our friends, family, and customers are always amazed when they find out how many different things we do on our "small" property.  In all honesty, we can probably do even more!  By using best practices from a forgotten era, we care for the land first and strive to be efficient as possible.  We employ organic and holistic practices to create nutrient rich grasses, vegetables, and fruit.  All animals rotationally graze the property in a high intensity practice: Cattle and goats graze the grass followed by chickens and turkeys which eat the bugs and spread the manure, followed by hogs that till the soil.

What we do on our 3.5 acres:

  • Pasture raised beef cattle, meat goats, meat chickens, turkeys and hogs
  • Mobile chicken coop with a flock of egg layers
  • Vegetable garden and orchard of fruit and nut trees
  • Dairy goat pastures and milking room
  • Rabbitry and chick brooding room
 

The Garrett Family


The Garrett Family

The Garrett Family


The Garrett Family

Melissa and Matt enjoying the outdoors on a river rafting trip in 1997

Melissa and Matt enjoying the outdoors on a river rafting trip in 1997

The BEGINNING 

Young love connected two souls back in the 1990's.  Although they were raised worlds apart, their interest couldn't have been more aligned.  

Melissa, who was the daughter of an Air Force Captain, had lived in many different countries throughout her life.  When it came to choosing a college, she choose to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a major of Animal Science, Pre Vet.  

Matt was born with agriculture in his blood.  He came from a long time farming family and he was born on the family farm in Ivanhoe, CA.  Even when Matt's family moved to the city, he still was drawn to agriculture.  During high school, Matt was involved with Future Farmers of America, where he served as the Paso Robles Chapter President, SLO County Vice President, as well as raising cattle and hogs.

The Garrett kids enjoying the fresh air and green grass while they exercise their goats

The Garrett kids enjoying the fresh air and green grass while they exercise their goats

A quick getaway to the mountains to enjoy some family time

A quick getaway to the mountains to enjoy some family time

Life HAPPENED

A corporate career called Melissa to the Los Angeles area, where she worked as a successful R&D Scientist.  Matt followed her and he was hired as a Firefighter for a Southern California Fire Department.  Even though they lived in the big city, they always kept a large backyard garden to grow their food.  

In 2005, after the birth of their first son, Melissa resigned her corporate job to be a full time mom.  The family moved to the suburbs and their backyard garden grew to a backyard farm.  The Garrett Family raised a plentiful bounty of fruits and vegetables in which they shared with friends and family.  To the surprise of their neighbors, Matt and Melissa kept a small flock of egg layers, one of the first to do so in their town.

As the family grew, so did the desire to grow something bigger.  In 2012, the Garrett's sold almost everything they owned so they could buy the small homestead ranch on the Central Coast.  Through hard work, and plenty of failures, the small family farm has grown into a flourishing small business.  We invite you to join us on our journey, while we learn and grow!