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Sonoma County Sustainability Part 2: Gardening

  The food Americans eat can travel hundreds, if not thousands, of miles to reach us.   Each one of those miles is filled with pollution and the misuse of our planet’s limited resources. That’s all on top of the fact that the food is being chemically managed to stay fresh or to ripen at...

Working Toward Sustainability in Sonoma County: Part 1

  We at Mountain Home Ranch feel a responsibility for the land, air, water, and wildlife of Calistoga and Sonoma County as a whole.   More and more, sustainability is coming into focus around the world. It’s clear now that humans can’t continue living the ways we do; too much has already been sacrificed and...

Mountain Home Ranch Resort…a History – Part 2

Coming to America In 1909, Ludwig Orth [“Grandpa”], arrived at Ellis Island for what he later would describe as the most frightening day of his life. He spoke no English, and had just completed a voyage from Germany in steerage class aboard a converted sailing ship that was making her final crossing of the Atlantic....

Mountain Home Ranch Resort…a History – Part 1

A PLACE FOR GATHERING 1913 – 2013 FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED A BRIEF HISTORY OF MOUNTAIN HOME RANCH As the winds of war began to blow across early 20th century Europe, the recently married Ludwig Orth, like many of his contemporaries, looked for a haven in America. A cousin with a ranch in Colorado sent...