Craig, Jen, Hattie & Anders
Craig is a 4th generation California farmer and Jen is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. At Rockside Ranch, their love for farming, wellness, and life-changing experiences all come together.
Stephen, Rachel & Clayton
Stephen and Rachel spent many seasons in the wilderness with the Conservation Corps and the US Forest Service. They have a passion for the lasting life change that comes from working and living in community.
Mat spent four years overseas in the Czech Republic through “Youth With a Mission”. Mat now serves as our foreman where he uses the daily rhythms of the farm to teach students job skills and work ethic.
Scott & Suzie
Scott Limkeman serves as our Program Director. He has his Master’s of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. Suzie works as an occupational therapist at Fairchild Medical Center in Yreka, CA.
Caleb graduated from Azusa Pacific University before joining our team in 2018. Caleb serves as our Program Lead where he facilitates and supervises classes, activities, and community while living with the students.
Mark Klever has spent his career in education and agriculture across California. He is the Dean of Career and Technical Education at the College of the Siskiyous in Yreka, CA and serves as the Chairman of the Rockside Ranch Board of Directors.
Rockside Ranch is tucked between the Marble Mountains and Trinity Alps of far Northern California. Roughly two miles outside the small town of Etna, the ranch is on 100 acres of woodland and pasture — the ideal setting for students to retreat from the distractions of a modern world and step into a rugged experience in nature.
Farm life is central to the program. The daily rhythms of the farm foster responsibility and compassion. Students experience a rare physical connection to life and land that is both deeply challenging and highly redemptive.
Students take part in growing and raising their own food, cutting and burning their own heat, and identifying and solving a host of problems that come with living so close to the land and to one another.
Through it all, students explore the message of the Gospel and develop transformational relationships with God and each other.
We are certified organic by CCOF. We do not use any pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers on our land. We do not administer hormones or routine antibiotics to our animals.
We are a pasture-based farm. That means that our animals live outside with easy access to shelter. We move our animals through our pasture and woods because we always want them on fresh clean ground instead of living in their own waste.
We would love to know you and be your farmers. When you know where your food comes from you can serve it to your family with confidence. We have an open-door policy so you are welcome to visit at any time. We are proud of the way we farm — please come and see!
We raise our pigs to the highest standards so that you can feed your family health and delicious pork. We use the absolute best ingredients in all of our products so that you can feed your family guilt-free bacon, sausage, and ham. Our sausage is made from real, actual ground pork and you’ll notice the difference immediately.
We move our pigs through our woods where they forage and root up the ground with their noses. We use portable fences to contain them in large areas called paddocks to protect them from predators. We move them to new, clean ground multiples times each week.
Eggs everyday — that’s what we eat on the ranch! Eggs are magnificently healthful when they are raised outdoors and fed a nutritious and complete diet. Our hens are living the dream life and producing the very best pastured eggs for you and your family. We love hearing customers say, “I never knew eggs could taste this good, I’ll never go back!”
Our pastured egg-laying hens are raised on our farm from their second day of life. We have a variety of heritage breeds including Rhode Island Red, Black Australorp, Buff Orpington, and Barred Rock. We move them multiple times each week throughout our pasture during the spring, summer, and fall months. When temperatures drop, we move our chickens into a truly cage-free, Clearspan hoop house where they have 24 hour access to the outdoors. We respect their natural laying cycle which decreases significantly in the cold months. We never use artificial lights or stressful practices to unnaturally boost production.
Believe it or not, chicken has an extraordinary taste. If “everything tastes like chicken” then chicken doesn’t taste like anything, really. Not Rockside Ranch chickens — they taste extraordinary. We commonly hear customers remark that they haven’t tasted chicken like ours in 50 years or more. That’s the difference of hand-raised, pasture-fed, slow growing, heritage breed delicious and nutritious chicken.
When you’re done enjoying your feast, the bones are worth their weight in gold. Remember how you used to eat chicken soup when you were sick? That’s because when you make stock, it is packed with vitamins and minerals. Homemade broth is incomparable to the canned imitation in the store. When you make bone broth (which is incredibly easy), you are enjoying health benefits that literally cannot be bought in the store.
Our pastured broiler chickens are heritage breed “Freedom Rangers” from GMO-free parent stock raised on our farm from their second day of life. We move them each morning so that they can enjoy fresh clean grass.