Rainbow Ranch Farms

  (Pinon Hills, California)
Organic, free-range, pastured, grass-fed/finished, heritage-breeds,
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Pure-Breed REX-RABBITS: For show, exhibition, breeding, great pets, or delicious and nutritious "Low-Fat" meat. Now 4 Sale! 






Calving At Rainbow Ranch Farms

BEHOLD, a pure breed, pedigree Dexter calf born on 11/03/2011 at 1:20pm and weighed 45lbs.

within 10-15 minutes of being born, this beauty was standing, walking and jumping!

The Dam: a registered, pure breed, pedigree Dunn Dexter.

The Sire: a registered, pure breed, pedigree Black Dexter.

To save a calf and his Dam we called in the troups, our friends, Veterinarians, family, farm members, volunteers, fellow ranchers and farmers: John Buccanan (veterinarian, cattle/horse rancher), Keith Betar (Race horses/cattle rancher), Sue Betar (pediatric nurse, race horses,cattle rancher), Mary (goat farmer, practicing M.H./livestock caretaker), David Shirley (business man, volunteer, farm member, Restaurateur), Carl (pasture management specialist, cattle/horse rancher), Dennis Kelley (cattle rancher, farmer, livestock caretaker), Xenia (animal science, M.H., cattle rancher, farmer, livestock caretaker/humane handling consultant), Jaime Sinclair (humane handling consultant, veterinarian, sheep farmer and ruminant specialist), Scott Way (cattle rancher, contractor, lowline breeder). Team work at Rainbow Ranch Farms for over 10 days & nights.

In all the time we have been breeding and growing cattle, this is the first complication we have ever encountered, and resulting in a loss. This is a rare situation.

This was a difficult calving for Midge and compications started over 10 days before the calving.

The Dam was lost, despite the round-the-clock efforts of many specialists. This was a heart break to be felt for a lifetime. Midge was a graceful heifer and had a gentle dispostion.

It was a miracle the Dam held on as long she did and calved a beautiful, healthy calf. The Dam passed away within 3 hours of calving.

Below is Midge, just after calving. We kept the mother with calf together and gave them plenty of privacy.

Eventually the calf laid by his mother and took a nap. While the calf was napping, Midge passed away and the calf was then brought inside the house.

Currently the calf is in the laundry room, sleeping on moving blankets, being bottle fed raw goat milk. I was able to extract some of the mothers cholostrum and although it was not abundant, it will do. Thank God We have plenty of A-2 colostrum and milk here on the farm.

Just hours after being pulled from his mother, the calf was hungry and running around with the cattle. We offered him warm goat milk, with colostrum from his mother, mixed with goat colostrum.

Here at Rainbow Ranch Farms we grow free range,  grass fed, pastured meats. We are breeders of heritage cattle, sheep, turkeys, chickens, goats, game birds and hogs.

Grown to perfection without any G.M.O's, no corn, no soy, no wheat, no barley, no grains and gluten-free!





Paleo Diet: Smart eating or latest fad? by YahooGreen


by Yahoo!Green, on Fri Jul 22, 2011 11:25am PDT

By Michael d'Estries, Mother Nature Network

In the quest for optimum health and weight, should humans consider looking back at what their ancestors consumed? That's the theory proposed by the "Paleo Diet" (aka, Caveman Diet), which recommends taking cues from the age of hunters and gatherers and leaving some of our modern food groups behind.

The idea is simple: You eat a diet that's gluten-free, but rich in lean, organic meats, fish, poultry, eggs, vegetables, fruit and nuts. As much as possible should be sourced locally. You exclude grains, legumes, dairy products, salt, refined sugar and processed oils.

All of this measures up to a eating regimen that, according to Loren Cordain, professor of health and exercise at Colorado State University, is a "powerful way to normalize health and well-being."

Cordain is joined by thousands of others who have found similar success on the Paleo — with the site Whole9 providing perhaps the best description of the benefits saying:

"Eating like this is good for maintaining a healthy metabolism, and reducing inflammation within the body. It’s been doing great things for my energy levels, body composition and performance in the gym. It also helps to minimize my risk for a whole host of lifestyle diseases and conditions, like diabetes, heart attack and stroke."

WebMD, which always does a decent job of uncovering the truth behind these diets, quizzed a bunch of health specialists who agreed that better health can be achieved on the Paleo, but still believe moderation is the key to overall well-being.

"People who eat diets high in whole grains, beans, and low-fat dairy tend to be healthier because these foods are nutrient-rich and there are mountains of research about the health benefits of diets that include, not exclude, these foods,” Keith Ayoob, EDd, RD, and assistant professor at New York's Albert Einstien School of Medicine told the site.

That "mountains of research" bit touched upon by Ayoob is one of the problems facing the Paleo from gaining more scientific backing. There just haven't been enough large studies to satisfy experts; which is one of the main reasons why U.S. News & World Reports ranked the diet nearly dead last in every category for its first ever "Best Diets" report.

"For the Paleo Diet, additional evidence is needed to show conclusively whether or not it is as effective as some people hypothesize," Ben Harder, general manager of Health and Science at the magazine told ABC News. "The most relevant studies have been small, as our published review of the Paleo Diet indicates. We hope researchers will publish more — and larger — studies on the Paleo Diet so that health experts, including our expert panel, have more evidence to consider in the future."

Still interested in giving the Paleo a shot? Wikipedia has some great background information on the diet — while the official site can get you started on meal plans and other advice


Luau and Roaster Pigs SOLD-OUT

Luau pigs and Roasters are completely sold out. Thank you! Pork shares are still in full swing. Please contact me 1-760-868-6206 for more information.

Making Bacon and Flavoring Fresh Pork Belly

As many of us know fresh pork belly or Fresh bacon slices have very little flavor without being seasoned, brined, smoked or cured. Here are a few ideas:

The first article is by www.3men.com, thank you!!


Bacon is made from fresh pork which has been cured (preserved with salt) so that it will keep for longer. There are two main methods of curing:

Dry Curing

Wet Curing


A very informative article by www.3men.com, thank you!!


The second is by Chow Hound Thank you ..

First time cooking PORK BELLY report

Hi hounds. Despite the unbelievable 80+ degree weather we've been getting in coastal CA this week, I cooked my first pork belly and thought I'd share my results and what I learned.

I couldn't resist buying the bone-in pork belly when I was at an Asian market (Lion in San Jose) and it was so fresh-looking and cheap. Never having cooked w/ it before, I figured that I would go ahead and pre-season it w/ S&P and figure out a cooking method later.



This one is a short video, enjoy..


GREAT VIDEO BY Simply Ming and graspr.com

This video brings the power of simple brining and cooking to the kitchen for all your fresh belly slice needs......



Member Harvest - Fresh Pork WINNERS!!! LOL-LOL - FREE FRESH PORK!!!!!


Alison D., Katy B., Eric N., Jeff C., Kerri N., Stephan G., Chris D., and Beth H. S.


EACH WON 5.0lbs of fresh pork for pick-up at the farm on May 7th. Saturday 10:00am -

Monday we harvested one of our Grande English Hampshires "Opey". She has always been quite the BIG-HIT here on the farm.


Yesterday, we offered a short and exclusive "Special Offer" to participants where some of our farm members where offered the opportunity to win 5.0lbs of Free Fresh Pork.

The amount we offered was a 1/2 portion of our personal full share!!! the rest was already spoken for by farm members.


This English Grande Hampshire sported a hanging carcass weight of 400lbs - WOW - INCREDIBLE: Heritage breed, free range, grass fed, grass finished on our exclusive proprietary, Certified Organic Blend - Hundreds of us watched over time as she performed and finished WITHOUT ANY Corn, Soy, Wheat, Grains, NO G.M.O.'s and Gluten Free!!!!


Heritage, rare and endangered healthy happy....

Pork, beef, chicken, game birds, goat, duck eggs, thanksgiving turkeys, turkey eggs, lamb, chicken and game eggs.


OUR CERTIFIED ORGANIC - EXCLUSIVE PROPRIETARY FEED BLEND (patent pending) offers naturally occuring vitamins, minerals and amino acids: NO SUPPLEMENTS NEEDED!!!!


HERITAGE CHICKENS, GAME, DUCKS and TURKEYS: Our birds range the property freely, they pasture, breed, scratch, fly,  weed the gardens and forage.

HERITAGE PIGS: Talk about free range.. the destruction is daily LOL-LOL, 12 piglets running everywhere, sows, boars and piglets rooting, turning the soil and mowing down the grasses. Scatching posts, everything is a scratching post!!!!

HERITAGE PURE BREED CATTLE: How many times are we going to replace the passion fruit plants?? Range, pastured, grass fed, grass finished - running, playing, jumping, belowing (Oh So Loud)and geeze, how many scratching trees do they really need? We can not keep up with all the brushing: we need volunteers to brush these giant, beautiful creatures daily.

GOATS: Need I say how spoiled rotten these cuties really are, I mean 24/7 pasturing a 5 acre mountainous and desert landscape in Apple Valley, and fed an exclusive high end grass diet and our feed blend. A temperature contolled birthing barn, lined with straw, sheets, blankets and everything cleaned 3-4 times each day.

All the tree branches and leaves are the same distance from the ground...REALLY??

LAMB AND RANGE CATTLE: Our ranges, pastures, herds and processing methods are all managed by one of the foremost experts in the livestock, meat and processing inspection industry, not just here in the U.S.A. but also parts of Europe and South America, we work directly with the best.

Lamb and open range cattle are 100% free range on large, lush green pastures, filled with custom selected seeded blend pastures, native and nutritious grasses, wild flowers and natural vegetation, all year round, NEVER TO BE SUPPLEMENTED!! No Corn, No Soy, No Wheat, No G.M.O's, and Gluten Free:


We specialize in heritage, rare and endangered heritage livestock breeds.

Pure food for the purist at heart

Fresh, Fresh, Fresh...... Fresh meat!!

All our livestock are Humanely Handled.

Traceability and Verified.

Pastured, grass fed and grass finished

Heirloom and Certified Organic feed and gardens 

No Corn, No Soy, No G.M.O's and Gluten Free

We breed, grow, harvest and offer as nature intended

We PRODUCE, GROW and HARVEST everything we offer without any pesticides, herbicides, artificial or sterilized manures, hormones, steroids, anti-microbials or antibiotics.

When you want to watch your food grow, Select you chicken or turkey, collect your eggs, when you want to be involved in knowing your food, volunteer, know your farmer, select your goat, buying local, buying from sustainable farms and having control over how you feed your loved ones...we are your connection to sustainable food, located in the California Mojave Desert.

To learn more about Rainbow Ranch Farms, or to find a farmers market, shop, specialty store, butcher shop, co-op, or custom delivery service near you that carries our products, please call: 1-760-868-6206.


Every vendor, co-op, market, C.S.A., restaurant and small business who offers or carries our products for retail purposes, are carefully screened for truth in advertising, honesty, reliability, traceability and ethical business practices. We offer 100% satisfaction guaranteed.. 


Best Prices & Highest Quality On Today's Market - Poultry, Pork, Beef, Lamb, Turkeys and Goat


9 heritage (rare & endangered) breeds

Thus far we have hundreds of heritage turkeys reserved for 2011 thanksgiving! We offer 9 heritage (rare & endangered) breeds, grown out on pasture, grass fed, free range and grass finished on Certified Organic Fodder, beneath the warm sun and fresh breeze.


Orders are still coming in for heritage thanksgiving turkeys....

Grown out on pasture, grass fed, free range and grass finished on Certified Organic Fodder.

I am happy to discuss these subjects, please call me direct at 1-760-868-6206


Our prices have stayed the same over the years and we do not anticipate an increase in prices. Our High Quality meats and customer service is second to none.

I am happy to discuss these subjects, please call me direct at 1-760-868-6206


This year we will also offer "Harvest Your Own Turkey" Workshop, here on the farm. We offer fresh shipping direct to your doorstep, on the week of thanksgiving and pick-up at the farm, as well as several drop -off points throughout California.


Our gourmet turkeys will be available at a few small ma & pa health food stores, co-op's, specialty stores and C.S.A.'s..Call the farm for details 1-760-868-6206

I am happy to discuss these subjects, please call me direct at 1-760-868-6206


Our turkey chicks are laid and hatched naturally here at the farm, and we also reserve heritage day-old turkey poults from a local, sustainable family hatchery from 1-2 years in advance: by doing our part, it helps to preserve the true heritage breeds of rare and endangered breeds often classified as critically endangered due to so many farmers (small family, commercial and industrialized farms) growing commercial giant white (broad Breasted White) and broad breasted bronze turkeys that grow to market weight as soon as 10-14 weeks from hatch.

Know Your Farmer - Know Your Food!!!!

I am happy to discuss these subjects, please call me direct at 1-760-868-6206


Growing commercial type turkeys often means that the farmer is using a commercial corn and soy based feed and most often this feed is medicated, sprayed with pesticides, and filled with antibiotics, digestive aids,and fillers, especially snce these types of birds are prone to many types of mutating diseases, such as, sinusitis, heart disease, lung disease, respiratory disease and so much more.

Commercial type turkeys are designed to feast on commercial feed 24 hours per day and grow quickly, often too fast for their organs to keep up. Some farmers find it funny that these turkeys get so big that the birds can barely walk to get water or find it some what entertaining that the birds suffer from leg problems too, and often are ridden to the ground until butchered.

Take a moment to ask yourself, "where does all that contaminated manure go"? "Do turkeys deserve torture"? and "why do we continue to support these sorts of practices"?

Ask to visit the farm, ask to see the feed tags, ask what breeds of turkeys they are growing, take pictures and do your research and get to know your food.

I am happy to discuss these subjects, please call me direct at 1-760-868-6206

Make an informed decision to buy healthy, happy food that is environmentally freindly and sustainable.


I am happy to discuss the above subjects, please call me direct at 1-760-868-6206


I am happy to discuss the above subjects, please call me direct at 1-760-868-6206


Family Works Together In Harmony-Teens Helping On The Farm

In times of technological change, internet gaming, texting and teenage advancement: We are very fortunate here at Rainbow Ranch Farms to share our farming with good wholesome folks of all ages!


2 days ago my sister and my 3 nieces came to visit, the children are from 8yrs to 13 years old.

The girls jumped right in, w/feeding cattle, baby piglets, sows, boars, Dexter calves, egg layers (collecting eggs), turkeys & ducks  OH MY!

The little one (8) had an Idea, of moving the roosters into the green aviary from the larger range, (it was a great idea) we got right on it, my sister, Dennis & I carried the birds, one by one to the small aviary, my 8 year old niece, got the gates, brought the feed cans over & organized the move, all while my 11 year old niece was shoveling mulch over the new organic grass seeds in the pasture.

While my sister & I got to chatting, the girls noticed it was time to water the crops, they began to fill the hand watering cans, pull hoses & do what was needed, then came time to brush the cattle too.

My 13 year old neice (very brave) was inside the corral with our 11 year old heifer & various cows & bulls getting to know everyone, all while making sure they were all brushed, cared for, well fed & that thier auto-water had clean water supply, she felt comfortable & safe around these giant beasts w/horns.

It was joyuss to see young people (my sister is 8 years younger than me and a corporate guru) getting involved, getting their hands dirty, doing what came naturally to them & feeling comfortable w/ all the livestock, the crops & old fashioned farming.

We all had good times, the children especially!



My 2 daughters (21 and 23 years old) are very supportive of our family farm and they always have been, both are level headed and interested in the reality of the world and not stuck into video games, as so many are today, and we do count our blessings.

My eldest daughter (23yrs)is self reliant, a self starter, and is in upper management of a large company in Georgia and often travels for business.

My youngest daughter (21yrs) is self motivated, Independent and is self employed here in Southern California.

They are always interested in what's new on the farm and excited to learn of farm news.


Dennis had to finally stop going to work every day and stay here on the farm.

As a pilot, he has flown private, commercial and cargo - since Junior High School he has been a pilot, then came the United States Air Force, for a decade of service.

When he returned to civilian life and still a full time Captain, Dennis could not wait to build stone ovens on his time off, build BBQ's, make pizza, homemade wine, raise chickens, make homemade cheeses and butter..

It is so funny how life takes us all in different directions, as if we are on a map and someone is moving thier fingers across it...LOL

Dennis is so happy to be on the farm full time, and so am I.


It is so true! Dennis and I really love what we do and nothing compares to the importance of our farm, farm members, sustainers, family, freinds, customers and neighbors, pulling together to make beautiful things happen in the organic food world.

We are a family farm with all the support of our entire family. I could not imagine going back to my old work, or even letting my hobbies interfere with all that we have built with the great help of so many wonderful people.

We are all here for each other building our futures and securing our food supply for what may be ahead.

God Bless You All and Thank you!



Member Boxes: Shipping Today!

CSA and P.B. Boxes will be shipped today!

Usually CSA boxes are shipped out on the first Monday of each month, however yesterday we were faced with a delay. Please accept our deepest apology for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

P.B. Boxes will exclude fresh pork this week. If you would like to contact me regarding this matter, please call the farm 1-760-868-6206




Amish Cheese - Artisan Bread - Grass Finished Beef - Heirloom Veggies

 Last Nights Home Grown Dinner:

Dennis & I split grass fed top & bottom round beef steaks, lightly oiled w/virgin cocunut butter brought to us by Pye, served w/Cecilias authentic artisan Greek Easter Braid, slathered in artisan, raw butter w/ delicious, creamy Amish & raw cheeses (from Gloria & Stephen), from when they personally visited & toured small family cheese factories in New York!


Heirloom Organic starter plants from Stephan and Jessica: Healthy and ready to bloom: Tomatoes, pumpkins, acorn squash and more..

Heorloom Organic starter plants already in the beds: from Craig and Gary at Winnetka: Old fashioned Italian sqaushes, tomatoes and zucchini ... etc

Organic coconut flour, coconut sugar and virgin coconut oil from Pye.

All natural artisan granola mix from Cecilia and rootbeer!

What a fabulous day... Thank you Thank you and Thank you!


Pork Shares - Farm Pick Up

Pork Shares will be available for pick-up on Saturday April 2nd between 10-11am here at the farm.

Beef Shares will be delivered sometime next week!

Have a great weekend.


APRIL Is Sold-Out - No "Cides"

As of last night, we are completely sold-out for April C.S.A., this includes poultry, beef, pork, lamb and goat.

We have increased our growing beds this year to reflect change. This year we have connected with a wonderful local, heritage, organic seed supplier and we will be growing some of the most delicious, old fashioned Italian summer and winter squash varieties, tomato varieties, Spaghetti squashes, vine fruit varieties..in our pick-your own garden.

Growing heritage crops that grow naturally and seasonally, without the use of artificial lights, artificial soil additives and No G.M.O. seeds. and of course, without any "CIDES" or "SPRAYS"  is ecologically safe, sustainable and just plain healthy for our families, freinds, neighbors, farm members, sustainers, our soil and livestock.








How Is Food Digested:

Thank you to our friend videoman747 for posting this informative video






You don't need to take bottles? of enzyme? capsules and high colonics.





We are a base in Southern California for up and coming agricultural futurists. Here we are diversified in our practices and practice practical application, to help protect old fashioned farming traditions.

Our guests, volunteers, interns continue to be from all walks of life and from all over the world: From Gold Medal, Olypmic Boxer to Environmental Culturalists to Permaculture Specialists and the list continues on, far beyond this blog.

Most recently J. Patillo was with us for almost 2 months and has since returned  to Montana, Nick and Julia arrived this morning at 6:00am, they drove all the way through,  from Minnesota.

It is a funny thing, we learn so much from each other, and make life long freinds every single day!

Become a part of our family: call 1-760-868-6206



To Get Info On Our Product Locations

Thank you for all the inquiries, it is best if you call me at 1-760-868-6206 and I am happy to offer any information you need.

Locate our products close to you, come to the farm for pick-up or have your fresh meats shipped directly to your doorstep.

If you are a butcher shop or grocery store, we can ship your beef in 2-4 primal cuts or already cut and packaged for retail.

Thank you!


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