Community Grazing Project

Managed grazing to create wildfire resilience in our community

Wildfire resilience

Our mixed flock of ~25 Katahdin and Navajo-Churro ewes graze private and community grasslands near our homestead on Gualala Ranch in the Cazadero hills, and neighboring parcels. The goals include:

  • Reducing potential wildfire fuel in the form of dried grasses

  • Restoring native grass populations by grazing out invasive species

  • Supporting a healthy grassland ecosystem through careful grazing rotations

  • Providing quality forages for our flock.

Support our grazing project!

We graze our community grasslands in a volunteer effort to make our landscape safer and more wildfire-resilient, because we believe that living safely in a fire ecology can’t be done without collective action.

While we explore ways for a more extensive grazing program to be financially viable, your contributions will help us purchase supplies, equipment, and organic supplemental feed to keep our flock healthy while taking down dry grass and reducing fuel load.

Thank you for your support!

Contribute

Our sheep spend much of the winter and spring grazing our homestead and the Big Barn community parcels.

They spend their entire lives on pasture and we rotate them almost every day, depending on location and time of year.

 

In choosing where to move the sheep next, we prioritize neighbors who have ample forage, easy access, and a daily water source.

Electric fences allow us to create temporary pastures to target grazing for the highest impact while protecting fragile areas.

 

Grazing inquiries:

We have several regular parcels we visit in the spring, summer, and fall, but we welcome inquiries at any time. If we have room in our grazing schedule, we’ll contact you about checking out your spot and seeing if we can add it to our rotation.

Grazing inquiry