The James Ranch Beautiful Grass Fed Lamb Raised on Northern California Sierra Foothill Pastures

Hello, you are visiting the farm where beautiful grass-fed lamb has been raised since 1981.

Lance and Gay Columbel are the shepherds. They raised their daughters, Crystal and Laura, on the 200 acre historic homestead located in the Sierra Nevada foothills, one hour north of Sacramento, California.

Our small family farm focuses on the holistic management of productive pastures, a sustainable sheep flock and a family enterprise of food production.

A labor of love, such as ours, requires a love of labor, it is true! However, it thrives because of the love and support from our daughters, an invaluable asset in an occupation that is, at the same time, challenged and rewarded by nature.

We shepherd a beautiful flock of sheep. They prosper on our rolling hills producing sweet, tender meat, an abundance of rich milk, and a medium-fine pure white fleece.

Our farmstead flock is uniquely adapted to our rich habitat. Two hundred acres of lush green pastures, painstakingly managed, have been nourishing our sheep herd since 1981. Creek canyon breezes in the summer, sheltered valleys in the winter, ensure that our sheep and lambs thrive.

Wildlife corridors remain untouched, as do the century-old fruit trees and beneficial vegetation that create a productive environment specific to our historic homestead. As early as 1979 with sustainability as our goal, we were advised by organic consultant Amigo Bob Cantisano. Our sheep have always been raised without hormones and without antibiotics on our family farm. Chez Panisse and other quality restaurants have been enjoying our lamb for three decades and, because of their support, we have been able to continue producing our delicious, succulent lamb.

We are able to offer our lamb to individual customers who know they can depend on the highest and most consistent quality of lamb available direct from our small foothill farm.

Local Pick Up and Delivery Available.                                

  • Thank you for supporting our small family farm.
  • Lance and Gay Columbel
  • Penn Valley, California 
  • Contact us: or (530)615-1636