Proprietor and Winegrower
Born in Nova Scotia, Laird grew up in Palo Alto, CA. After attending UCSB, he spent 10 years publishing magazines, including Dr. Dobb's Journal, the longest continuously published small computer magazine. In the 1990s he brought investment newsletters to the Web with a startup called INVESTools. After selling that business, he moved the family to Paso Robles to start a new life on the ranch. He began by preparing the vineyard for planting in 2001 and has never really slowed down. Laird can often be found in the vineyard, fixing broken troughs or fences, or on horseback gathering cattle--when he's not hunched over his computer working on the commerce end of farming. In 2010 he became partner of J&R Meats in Paso Robles. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, riding, reading, or just rambling on the ranch with a dog and a pair of binoculars.
Lisa grew up in Los Gatos, studied journalism and music in college, and always dreamed of living on a ranch. She left her publishing job to be a full-time mom in 1990. Since then it's been a whirlwind of kid and family duties, working for their schools and a few favorite charities. After moving to Paso Robles her commute grew longer, but it's a much prettier drive. On the ranch she's in charge of our boxed meat program, and helps out with the vineyard and livestock, plans and organizes all events, and takes care of the books, house, garden and pets. She loves to hike, cook, garden and read, and dreams of one day having more time to write.
Paul's passion for wine began when he was 19, after his family opened a restaurant in Idaho called The Cellar. At the time, he was getting a business degree from the University of Montana, but in his spare time he read about (and drank) the world of wine. After graduating, he went to sommelier school to learn even more. His first harvest in 2008 was working for Grammercy Cellars and Waters Winery in Walla Walla, WA. Many wine jobs followed in Sonoma, Sebastopol, Woodsinville WA, the Willamette Valley in OR, and New Zealand. In 2013 Paul moved to Paso Robles to work as assistant winemaker for Denner. He joined Rangeland in the spring of 2015 and we are now beginning to enjoy the beautiful wines he's making. In his spare time Paul likes to backpack, disc golf, snowboard, and play his musical washboard.
Dane started at the ranch in late November, 2017.
Patrick was born on a peanut farm in the central Texas Hill Country, but didn't develop a love of plants until he planted his first tomato garden as a teenager in Austin, Tx. In 2008 he turned his hobby into an internship at an organic diversifed vegetable farm in Virginia. Since then, organic farming has taken him across the country--growing citrus in Louisiana, deciduous fruit trees in Washington, and veggies in the Willamette Valley. In 2011 he apprenticed at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz, the oldest organic agriculture training program in the country. Patrick began his viticulture training in Sonoma County, obtaining a degree in viticulture followed by an extended internship at Ridge-Lytton Springs and then a viticulturalist position at Flowers Winery. He started here in January 2017 and 's looking forward to working on a diversified farm.
Alex was born and raised in New England. His passion for the outdoors started at an early age. Skiing and surfing are what eventually led him to California: Lake Tahoe, San Diego, and finally the Central Coast. After receiving so much joy from nature through surfing and skiing and seeing our broken food system, he realized it was time to dig in and give back. In 2011 he began farming organically at Linn’s Farm in Cambria, where he became their farm manager for 3 years. In 2015 he moved to Templeton and developed a passion for livestock. Working at a few different ranches in the county, growing dry farmed grains, he raised sheep, pigs and chickens on pasture. Currently, he lives with his wife on their ranch in Templeton, where they have a small flock of Navajo churro sheep. Alex also has his own sheep shearing business on the side and is working on his Masters of Agriculture-Integrated Resource Management through Colorado State online. Coming to Rangeland in November 2016, he feels lucky to spend his days herding sheep in these hills with just a stick and a dog.
Sam, Jackson & Angeline Foshay
There is no escaping hard work when you grow up on a family farm, and our three children have played a big role at the ranch over the last 15 years. Sam, Jackson and Angeline spent their high school and college summers laboring in the vineyard, helping out with cattle and sheep, building fences, and working in the winery during harvest. They all live away from the ranch now, but their visits home always include a few ranch chores, a hike or horseback ride, and a glass or two of wine on the back patio.