About Barinaga Ranch.
Marcia Barinaga comes from a long line of American sheep ranchers - her grandfather came to the U.S. from a Basque village in the 1900s to make his life as a sheep herder. Her father also grew up in this world, but moved on to other endeavors, before Marcia returned to her shepherd roots. Barinaga’s mission is twofold: To raise sheep in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly way, and to continue the ancient shepherding and cheesemaking traditions of her forbears.
The Barinaga Ranch is located in Marshall, on the eastern shore of Tomales Bay. The Ranch is part of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, which was the first land trust in the U.S. dedicated to preserving farmland and keeping it in productive agriculture. Their pastures are certified organic with Marin Organic Certified Agriculture. The sheep graze the ranch’s hilly pastures year round, and are milked from April through October to make cheese.