Chileno Valley Ranch, the home of Mike and Sally Gale, is primarily a grass-fed beef ranch. About 600 acres of beautiful hilly coastal Marin grassland supports a herd of 100 Angus cows/calf pairs. Beef is sold directly to families, with no middleman. The animals are humanely raised and spend their whole lives on the Ranch. Additionally, great care is taken to protect and preserve the creeks, fish, birds,and native plants and animals on the Ranch.
Mike and Sally also have an organic apples orchard, with varieties such as Orin, Pinova, Molly’s Delicious and Jonathan’s Pride. All the apple varieties are blind taste-test winners, and can be purchased from the ranch or from local markets, such as Toby’s Feed Barn in Point Reyes Station, the Organic Farmstand at Marin Art and Garden, or the La Franchi Farmstand in Nicasio.
Activities at this Site
– At the ranch, visitors can participate in apple picking. Please contact the ranch to arrange a desired time for apple picking.
– All products offered for sale are Certified Organic including their Apples, Tomatoes, Free Range fresh ranch eggs, and Grass-Fed Beef.
– The ranch offers a variety of painting workshops. The painting venues are set in the rolling hills of West Marin, one of the best preserved and most naturally beautiful settings in all of California. Large barns, out buildings, Tomales Bay, ocean views, ranch animals, gardens, and lakes are all possible venues for inspiration.
All students are expected to provide their own transportation and art materials. An art materials list will be mailed to the student one month prior to the workshop. Breakfast and lunch are included the Ranch Student’s fee, along with the fee for the workshop. Day students bring their own lunches. Workshops are four to five days long. The Ranch Stay Students arrive at or after 4:00 on the Sunday prior to the Monday on which the workshop begins, and leave by 11:00 on the following Friday. Day Students arrive at 8:30 on the Monday the Workshop begins.
Hours Open: By appointment only, Public tours, Special events, Store or farm stand, U-pick offered.
Seasons Open: The painting workshops are only offered in the Summer and Fall. Chileno Valley Ranch offers You Pick on Sunday’s from 10:00am to 3:00pm beginning the last weekend in August.
Chileno Valley Ranch has been in Sally’s family since 1862, when her great-great grandparents, Carlo and Katerina Martinoiya, bought the ranch from Henery Halleck, President Abraham Lincoln’s Chief of Staff. Since then, the ranch has passed through 5 generations, all the while producing butter, cheese, milk and beef.
In 1993, Sally and Mike began restoring the ranch, as it had fallen into disrepair. Not only have the house, barns, fences and fields been restored, but the creeks have been replanted to allow neotropical migratory songbirds and steelhead trout, and salmon to once again live at Chileno Valley Ranch.
Locally or Family Owned Business
Pet Friendly Notes
Please no pets as there are animals grazing.
For More Information, Contact:
Chileno Valley Ranch
5105 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma, CA 94952
707-765-6664 · toll-free 877-280-6664