Santa Barbara Magazine

September 10, 2022


How one family is breaking away from the herd to embrace regenerative agriculture and give new life to Las Cumbres Ranch

Written by Wade Graham | Photography by Dewey Nicks

The landscape of the Santa Ynez Valley is as iconic as any in California: dark, chaparral-clad mountains enclose a tapestry of oak-dotted hills and grassy vales segmented by creeks. Its seasons are marked by changing colors on the grasslands: the bright Irish green of new winter growth, splashes of colored wildflowers in spring, then summer’s mellow gold, fading to gray in the fall, before rains begin the cycle anew.