Devil's Gulch Ranch


Myriam Kaplan-Pasternak, Mark Pasternak, Lydia and Kyla Pasternak, with 6 full- and 2 part-time employees and 2 MESA interns


75 acres in Nicasio, 10 acres in Novato, and 20 acres in Petaluma, each 30 to 40 miles to San Francisco


Devil’s Gulch Ranch is a diversified family farm in Marin County. Mark and his wife, Myriam, who is also a veterinarian, raise rabbits, pigs, sheep, heritage French Bresse chickens, heritage Silkie chickens, poussin, squab, and quail. The rabbits are raised without hormones and antibiotics, and they are fed a locally milled, corn-free pelleted alfalfa ration. Sheep graze in the vineyards, and the pigs’ diet includes byproducts and returns from local producers, including whole milk, cheese, whey, tortillas, and spent brewer’s grain.

Education is key to the Pasternaks’ mission, and the farm regularly hosts summer camps for kids. Myriam also works with families in Haiti to help them raise rabbits for income and food.