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Devil's Gulch Ranch





Mark Pasternak and Myriam Kaplan-Pasternak, along with 5 full-time employees and 10 part-time employees.


75 acres in Nicasio, 10 acres in Novato, and 20 acres in Petaluma, each 30 to 40 miles from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

Farm History

Devil’s Gulch Ranch is a diversified family farm in Marin County. In 1971, Mark acquired a few acres of land in Nicasio that had previously been used for dairy cattle and started raising horses and pigs. Today, Mark and his wife, Myriam, who is also a veterinarian, raise pastured pork, grass-fed lamb, and rabbit, in addition to growing wine grapes and asparagus.

The rabbits are raised without hormones and antibiotics, and they are fed a locally milled, corn-free pelleted alfalfa ration. To protect them for predators, each breeding doe is housed in her own 30 x 30-inch cage in a barn, and babies are kept with their mothers until they are weaned. Sheep graze in the vineyards, and the pigs’ diet includes byproducts and returns from local producers, including whole milk, whey, tortillas, whole grain bread, and spent brewers’ grain.

Education is key to the Pasternaks’ mission, and the farm regularly hosts summer camps for kids. Myriam also works with families in Haiti to help them learn how to raise rabbits for income and food.




Sandy clay loam. Soil management practices include cover crops, mulching, soil amendments, raw animal manure, aged manure, and compost.

Water Use

Drip irrigation from reservoir springs.

Weed Control

Hand and machine cultivation, mulching, synthetic herbicides, and animal grazing.

Pest Management

Organic pesticides and habitat and release of beneficial insects.

Fun Fact

Devil Gulch’s rabbits are a mix of three breeds: Rex, New Zealand, and Californian. Rex rabbits have colorful and velvety fur.


Nicasio, California 94946


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