Grazing for Our Future
Cuyama Lamb, LLC is a sheep outfit committed to the regeneration of native California grasslands and the production of affordable, ethical food & fiber. Founded in 2018, we operate primarily in the Cuyama Valley of Central California as well as in the coastal foothills of Santa Barbara County.
Grazing for Fire Mitigation
Wildfire is a threat to millions across California. Grazing helps mitigate that threat, saving people, property, and ecosystems.
Integrated Crop Management
Sheep are the ideal companion for integration into orchard, vineyard, and crop systems. Keep down the weeds, remove crop residues, and fertilize naturally while letting the sheep do the work.
High-density rotational grazing favors the spread of native California plants and inhibits the spread of invasive species. Using monitoring and seeding protocols amplify our results.
Where We Work
Our home base—and our namesake—is the Cuyama Valley, a 75 mile long mountain-ringed stretch of land located in Central California. The name Cuyama derives from kuyam, the name of the Chumash village that inhabited this valley for 10,000 years…
Eat well knowing the food on your plate is helping regenerate California ecologies and protect communities from forest fires. Place your orders here!
We produce fine wool, support woolen arts, and create educational opportunities for up-and-coming shearers.
Who We Are
Jack Thrift Anderson
After 6 years working with the livestock, landscapes, and mission of Quail Springs, Jack became enchanted with native California range and the role of ruminants in it. As Rangeland Manager at Quail Springs, he studied the high desert, oak savannah, short grass prairie and chaparral communities of the California Central Coast and developed a plan for managing their 450 acre site. He was the caretaker of the 4,000 acre Cornelson Ranch in Fairview, Oklahoma, where he was mentored by long time holistic management practitioner Kim Barker of Walnut Creek Farms. He fine-tuned his work with sheep and deepened his understanding of the prescribed grazing service and California lamb industry working with Kaos Sheep Outfit before developing and launching Cuyama Lamb, LLC with Jenya. When he isn’t taking in the breathtaking views of the beautiful lands we get to occupy, he’s playing little folk ditties and fighting for environmental justice.
Jenya Sarah Schneider
Jenya has focused on regenerating ecologies for a decade. In college she studied theories of religion, decolonialism, and ecology, graduating from Brown University in 2010. Since then she has worked toward the restoration of ecosystems, including the Elwha River watershed, and the restoration of healthy human communities, helping to develop a nature-based mentorship program for girls in the San Francisco Bay Area. After meeting Jack at Quail Springs in 2016, the vision of restoring native California ecologies while producing regeneratively sourced food and fiber quickly wooed her into becoming a co-founding member of Cuyama Lamb.