Who We Are

TomKat Ranch is an 1,800 acre grassfed cattle ranch in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our team of ranchers, scientists, and advocates look to nature to guide our landscape management in support of our values. Over the next five years, we want to have inspired the transition of one million acres of California rangeland to regenerative management.

Our mission is to provide healthy food on working lands in a way that regenerates the planet and inspires others to action.

Our History

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, I was enamored with wild places, but especially the South Coast. As a fourth grader, I was treated to a field trip to Sam McDonald County Park. There I learned that a humble man, the son of slaves and the beloved superintendent of athletic grounds and buildings at Stanford University, had quietly saved 430 acres on the upslope of the coastal range populated by live oak, Douglas fir and, redwood forest ecosystems. Sam bequeathed all of his lands to the school children of San Mateo County so that they should forever have a place in the wilds to visit. I was one of those kids. It never stopped affecting me that someone could leave such a legacy. Less than 20 years after Sam’s passing, others inspired by this generosity dedicated additional land to grow Sam McDonald County Park to 867 acres.

Years later, when I first walked onto the lands of TomKat Ranch, I realized I was having my “Sam McDonald moment.” The ranch was perfectly suited to bridge the growing, destructive, and unnecessary divides between rural and urban, tech and agriculture, and conservation and ranching communities in our society.

Tom Steyer and I started TomKat Ranch because I was inspired by my childhood experience and driven by our passion for environmental stewardship and support for rural communities. With the pickle we are in in the world today, the lands that make up TomKat Ranch will remain working lands—a learning laboratory where we can recall and learn how to cultivate food that truly nourishes, builds community, and restores our planetary health. We can find a way forward that respects the biodiversity of our commons, protects essential water resources, re-sequesters the excess carbon we have burdened our air and oceans with, and restores economic resiliency to rural populations who are among the stewards of the land.

I continue to celebrate how much I’ve learned from the work of the ranch and how it has taught me that agriculture is a seminal lever for achieving our shared goals of equity, human health, environmental sustainability, and biodiversity. Collaborations at the local, state, and nation level have been instrumental to the success of TomKat Ranch. I hope you’ll join me in this continuing journey in the wilds…

 

Kat Taylor
Founder of TomKat Ranch

Our Founder

Kat Taylor

Founder of TomKat Ranch

Kat Taylor works in service of restoring social justice and environmental well-being to build a more equitable and inclusive world. Kat is active in a variety of social enterprises and philanthropic ventures on the West Coast focused on deep systems change. Kat is the Founding Director of TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation (TKREF), dedicated to inspiring a sustainable food system through ranching, training, tours, research, and school food and garden programs. TKREF owns the social enterprise LeftCoast GrassFed, humanely raising cattle and other livestock for the benefit of healthy soils.

Kat also serves as Co-Founder and CEO of Beneficial State Bank, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and certified B Corporation whose mission is to bring beneficial banking to low-income communities in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner – and to change the banking system for good. Kat serves and has served on many non-profit boards including, Ecotrust, Good Samaritan Family Resource Center, ProPublica, CuriOdyssey, CBDA, Forager, and CuriOdyssey. She graduated from Harvard College and earned a JD/MBA from Stanford University. Tom Steyer, Kat’s climate/energy/justice activist husband, and she have four grown children, each pursuing their one wild and precious life, too.

Our Team

Annie Fresquez

Director of Visitor Experience

Bill Milliot

Graphic Design &
Visual Media Coordinator

Chelsea Carey

Soil Ecologist Point Blue Conservation Science

Dago Hernandez

Carpenter

Drake Swezey

Regenerative Ranching Apprentice

Erin Wirpsa Eisenberg

Strategic Advisor

Hayley Strohm

Regenerative Ranching Coordinator

Jose Guzman Rodrigez

Ranch Hand

Jim Camozzi

Building & Facilities Manager

Justin Miller

Regenerative Ranching Apprentice

Kathy Webster

Food Advocacy Manager

Kevin Alexander Watt

Strategic Advisor

Mark Biaggi

Ranch Manager

Mark Heine

Building & Facilities Manager

Mel Preston

Rangeland Field Ecologist
Point Blue Conservation Science

Nikki Waldron

Sales and Inventory Associate
LeftCoast GrassFed

Scott West

Facilities and Building Manager

Stacy Claitor

Equine Specialist

Suzane Rowland

Office Manager

Wendy Millet

Ranch Director

OUR TOWN

TomKat Ranch is located in the small town of Pescadero in San Mateo County, California. Pescadero is rich in agricultural history and has attracted residents from a multitude of backgrounds and life experiences. Our region is home to a variety of ecosystems, including redwood forests, coastal prairies, beaches, and wetlands. Pescadero is a perfect place to explore how regenerative agriculture can serve both human, domesticated and wild neighbors.

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