Our Commitment to Education

Yolo Land & Cattle Co.

Mary Kimball with kids from Ag in the ClassroomFor years, we have welcomed all types of student groups to our ranch for tours and workshops. We feel a huge obligation to help educate our youth about agriculture. Without the continued desire of the next generation to pursue agriculture, our nation’s ability to produce its own food could be in jeopardy. Our goal is to educate students about their natural environment and develop a better appreciation for how their food is produced. Many of these students come from urban backgrounds, and often, it is their first opportunity to experience a working cattle ranch.

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classroom discussion with SLEWS Kids

We frequently work with several programs, such as Ag in the Classroom, FARMS, SLEWS, and inner city programs (children at risk). Most of these programs are curriculum-based, designed to help educate kids about agriculture and preserving our natural resources. The students learn about native plant identification, wildlife habitat, water quality, soil quality, and of course, Cattle Ranching 101.

Many of the students have assisted us in completing restoration projects as part of their study program, by planting native plants around ponds, building and installing bird boxes, and installing irrigation systems for the native tree and shrub plantings. The students also learn about water quality by taking samples of our creek water and analyzing the contents for living organisms.

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installing duck nesting box install duck nesting box finished duck nesting box
Kids from the FARMS program constructing, transporting, and installing a wood-duck nesting box.

We strive to give students a realistic experience on their ranch visits.
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We have hosted numerous class field trips as well, from grade school kids, all the way up to university animal science classes.

roping lessons animal science class

Each year, we provide a barbecue lunch and a tour for several classes from the Culinary Institute of America, both the New York Campus, and the Singapore Campus. We have a unique opportunity to interact and educate students who will eventually become the top chefs in their industry. It is one of our favorite tours, and the students also enjoy the experience.

discussing grilling methods New York Campus, Culinary Institute of America
students from Culinary Institute barbecue steak lunch

Education doesn’t end with students. Over the years, we have welcomed numerous government officials and foreign trade delegations to the ranch. We believe it is important for our government to see how their legislative policies affect ranchers, and we like to do our part in promoting U.S. beef to a worldwide audience. See our Agricultural Group Tours page. 

deputy secretary of agriculture Secretaries tour

For grassfed beef:
Scott & Karen Stone
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For jerky, events, or weddings:
Casey & Angela Stone
(530) 662-4093
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Yolo Land & Cattle Co.
Mailing address: PMB# 194, 1296 E. Gibson Road, Woodland, California 95776
(No walk-ins at this location.)
(Yolo County, near Sacramento and San Francisco Bay Area)

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