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Our Vision

The Eames Ranch is a landscape for cultivating curiosity, a working farm where the practices of design and regenerative agriculture are integrated to build a better world for tomorrow.

Agriculture Is an Act of Design

Ray and Charles believed that nature was the ultimate designer. They continually drew inspiration from the natural world and believed that “eventually everything connects.” This holistic approach drives our way of working at the Ranch, where we combine traditional and regenerative practices with cutting-edge innovations, all with the goal of nurturing a thriving ecosystem—and creating models for improving land management.

The Eames Ranch, located in California’s Sonoma County, functions as a living laboratory. Through partnerships with nonprofits, conservationists, and educators, we explore, test, and refine ideas and mechanisms for use in land stewardship, habitat restoration, farming, and ranching.

The Land

Bounded by rolling hills and a meandering stretch of San Antonio Creek, the Eames Ranch sits in a narrow, sunny valley on the southern edge of Sonoma County, in the traditional territory of the Coast Miwok people. Gently sloping pastures are covered in a mix of Spanish oats, barley, wild brassicas, native plants and Harding grass along with a sprinkling of flowering mustard, golden dandelions, and tiny purple lilies. On the hills, stands of valley and coastal live oak offer shade and habitat for turkeys and deer, and along the banks of the creek, fragrant bay laurel are interspersed with towering California buckeye trees that produce cones of delicate white and pink blossoms.

Our History

The current Eames Ranch, which has hosted grazing livestock for a quarter century, had its genesis as a Christmas tree farm throughout the 1980s. Early in the ’90s, Charles Eames’s daughter, Lucia, moved here to establish her home, bringing with her treasured artifacts from the Eames Office. Soon after her arrival, she was joined by daughter Llisa Demetrios and her family, who became skilled caretakers of the Ranch and are now 25-year residents of San Antonio Valley.

In recent years, the Ranch has grown to include an adjacent property, which was previously a dairy. The approximately 350 acres offer seasonal rotational grazing for cattle and feed for a herd of sheep (along with their vigilant guard llama, Lulu), as well as room for beekeeping and a farm garden.

Rotational grazing of livestock on the land has come through a decades-long partnership with nearby Windrush Farm and more recently with Sonoma Mountain Institute. The sheep are sheared, with the fleeces spun into wool, blankets, and garments.

  • Farm Garden

    A space of growth—for food crops and new ideas

    Our farm garden offers a place to explore a variety of growing practices side-by-side. Seasonally focused beds incorporate a variety of strategies ranging from ancient agricultural methods, like intercropping, to new approaches, like raised-bed keyhole gardens.

  • Rotational Grazing

    Using livestock to revitalize local ecosystems

    By following the principles of rotational grazing, we are utilizing our small flock of sheep, and a seasonal herd of cattle, to promote native species, encourage ecological diversification across our pastures, and sequester carbon.

  • Soil Regeneration

    Using compost to aid in carbon sequestration

    Using a grant from our local resource conservation district, and working in conjunction with community experts, we are enriching portions of our pastures with organic compost to improve the land’s ability to support biodiversity and sequester carbon.

  • Creek Restoration

    Working to rejuvenate local watersheds

    In partnership with our neighbors and nonprofits, we are working on long-term plans for revitalizing 1.5 miles of San Antonio Creek—with an eye toward more sustainable water management and improved biodiversity and habitat for native species.

  • Virtual Fencing

    Exploring the possibilities of new technologies

    By partnering with innovators, we are pioneering the use of virtual fencing for rotational grazing and helping iterate designs to create flexible, responsive tools for ranchers and land managers.

1— Farm Garden, 2— Rotational Grazing, 3— Soil Regeneration, 4— Creek Restoration, 5— Virtual Fencing