Markegard Family Grass-Fed provides the community with locally born, raised and processed certified grass-fed beef and lamb, chicken and pasture raised pork. Customers can order beef, lamb and pork online through their shop to be delivered around the Bay Area at farmers' markets including the Live Oak Market in Santa Cruz. You can check out their CSA to consider joining the other members who benefit from regular access to their limited products, sales and special events!
Erik Markegard is a 6th generation cattle rancher and started his own cow/calf business, Flying M Cattle Company, in 1985. Two years later he started managing and then leasing the TOTO ranch. When Erik met his wife, Doniga, they transformed the cow/calf operation into 100% grass-fed to meet the growing demands for healthy, local, sustainably raised beef. Doniga Markegard comes to ranching with a background in wildlife tracking and permaculture.
Doniga’s and Erik’s deep observation experience aids in their ability to monitor grassland health, biodiversity and to manage land based on the principles and patterns found in nature. They are passionate about finding ways to regenerate lands and community through ranching practices that build soil, sequester carbon, capture and purify water and enhance habitat. They have an immense passion for the natural world and helping others live a life of balance with the Earth and all living things.
Erik and Doniga along with their four kids ranch in the coastal hills of San Mateo and Sonoma counties. The Markegard’s do their part in the vibrant local food community by stewarding the watersheds they manage through mimicking natural systems with their regenerative agriculture practices.