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Old Dog Ranch Montara, CA

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Old Dog Ranch is a fifth-generation family farm on the Calaveras River in San Joaquin County, California. The Sitkin family has lived and farmed at the ranch since 1912. Growing organically is just one way the Sitkin family farms sustainably and responsibly. They use drip irrigation to conserve water, build healthy soil with cover crops and manure, and choose crop varieties that flourish in the microclimate on the banks of the Calaveras. In 2021 Old Dog Ranch became the first Regenerative Organic Certified™ walnut farm.

Growing up on the ranch (which is named for two of the family’s beloved, long-lived canine companions), Mollie Sitkin loved experimenting with ingredients picked from the fields and orchards just outside her kitchen door. Today, Mollie makes the Old Dog Ranch line of walnut snacks and walnut butters with organic Chandler walnuts from an orchard her father planted the year she was born. That ten-acre orchard—which stands on land where Mollie’s great-great-great grandfather raised forage crops for his sheep a century ago—was certified organic by CCOF in 2015.

Walnuts thrive in the deep, rich topsoil of the San Joaquin Valley. Old Dog Ranch grows Chandler walnuts for their excellent flavor, golden color, and easy-to-crack shells, and for the trees’ natural resilience: Chandlers leaf and flower later than other varieties, making them naturally resistant to winter frost damage and rainy-season blight.

Mollie is proud to source certified organic and sustainably grown ingredients from her family’s farm and other local producers.

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