The View From Grindstone Ranch

By Renee-Lucie Benoit

Renée-Lucie Benoit is one-half of the caretaker team at Grindstone Ranch along with her husband, Marty. GSR is a 1,000-acre cattle ranch nestled in the Stony Creek Valley between the hills of the Great Valley Sequence on the west side of the Sacramento Valley and the mountains of the Mendocino National Forest. Their part of the ranch is a developing self sufficient system of 5 acres. Renee grew up in Iowa, studied art and has always loved to write. Now she’s getting back to her roots in her retirement years where she’s anything but retired. They care for their chickens, livestock and struggle to make their 1/2-acre garden flourish in a climate prone to drought. Her personal blog is

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