On the ranch, you know winter’s over by the orange poppies spilling in every direction. And the knobby-kneed calves following their mothers’ flickering tails. A few months later, you see spring’s fat clusters of almond hulls dry and split in the summer sun, revealing ripened nuts — and the sense that fall is just around the corner.
At Tejon Ranch, seasons aren’t abstractions on a calendar. They’re subtle, daily shifts in the land that you see, hear, smell and feel in your bones. For us, they’re a calling, each day, to our life’s work. A sustainable give and take with this extraordinary land.
Vineyards and Orchards
Although sheep and cattle were our first focus, farming began in the 1890s, with 20 acres of oranges, 20 acres of figs and 15 acres of vineyards. Today that tradition continues with a little less than 6,000 acres devoted to pistachios, almonds, wine grapes and alfalfa. Our almonds are quite the world travelers, shipped to 22 countries.
In our valley floor vineyard, we grow grapes for table wine, while the warm days and cool nights of our mountain vineyard are ideal for fine wine. As a member of the California Association of Winegrape Growers, the Ranch subscribes to sustainable growing practices — farming in harmony with the natural environment.
Just a few examples of our environmentally friendly practices
We don’t burn tree trimmings. Instead, we shred them into chips that generate electricity. Vegetation between tree rows helps reduce dust.
Water & energy conservation
We capture stream runoff, store water in our own water bank, and whenever possible, use recycled water and gravity-fed drip irrigation.
Natural controls, like nesting boxes for owls and other bug-hungry migratory birds, help minimize pesticide use.