Growing Our Small Farms

Eat with the seasons. Local food has more nutritional value. The message is clear that eating local food and buying from local farms is better for your health, the planet, and the local economy. Yet when you shop at a typical grocery store – where most people buy their food, it’s difficult to find food products grown or raised in Mendocino County. Large-scale corporate agriculture has a massive hold over our food system, which bodes poorly for our rural...

Mendocino County’s Diverse System

Visitors to Mendocino County awe at the beautiful rugged topography, scenic beaches, and diverse microclimates. Part of the North Coast of California, this remote region has offered opportunities and challenges for people seeking to live off the land. Geographic isolation, rough terrain, and limited flat land suitable for crops have shaped our agriculture. The Pomo, Yuki, and other Native American people were the first to live off the natural resources here, utilizing a type of permaculture and highly sophisticated land...

Behind the bar

Whether you are looking for a good local beer, excellent wine, or an original craft cocktail to help you cool off this summer, The bar at The Golden Pig is able to serve you something fresh, just like the food served from the kitchen. As the bar manager, Tyler Randolph describes the mixed drinks served here, “They are inspired by the ingredients and are approachable. They aren’t confusing.” With a bit over ten years of bartending and mixology experience...

Fire: From Disaster to New Opportunities

Mendocino is in the news, as this year’s Mendocino Complex Fire has now become the largest wildfire in Calfornia’s history. Fortunately, no one has been injured at this time, but the same cannot be said about the Redwood Complex Fire that traumatized our community last year. Last October’s fire storms in Northern California took lives, destroyed homes and businesses, and charred the landscape, shaking everyone to the core. In some ways, that experience also prepared us for what now...

Creating a Biodynamic Farm

Mendocino Meats and Golden Vineyards have been working together to create a Biodynamic® farm – integrating the different elements from our separate businesses to support a healthy whole, living farm organism. Golden Vineyards has been producing certified organic and Biodynamic winegrapes and olives since 1997. With Mendocino Meats’ livestock and food crops, we are complementing the Goldens’ winegrapes and olives. Together, we manage the entire system, including the wild lands, as a healthy whole. When Mendocino Meats arrived at Heart...