Mendocino Coast Farmers Melanie MacTavish and Kyle Forrest Burns Announce Nye Ranch Organic Certification by Mendocino Renegade

Melanie MacTavish and Kyle Forrest Burns Nye Ranch

When we first moved here from Chico, the old-timers said ‘you’ll be growing peas and potatoes, right? They couldn’t imagine that we intended to grow more than 70 varieties of vegetables and 150 varieties of flowers on less than two acres of land

Local farmers Melanie MacTavish and Kyle Forrest Burns of Nye Ranch are pleased to announce that they’ve been certified organic by Mendocino Renegade, which supports and promotes local organic and biodynamic farms and businesses. The certification program is a project of Mendocino Organic Network, which is structured to stay small, local, informal, independent, non-governmental, and non-bureaucratic. Founded by regional organic apple farmer and activist Tim Bates whose Apple Farm in Philo, CA. is also certified biodynamic, Mendo Renegade is an inexpensive, credible program of labeling local, biologically produced food for local farmers who use organic processes.

Nye Ranch is a beautiful little farm just a short five minute drive north on Highway 1 from the center of Fort Bragg, CA. Melanie MacTavish coined the phrase “farming in harmony with soil and sea” when she and her fiancé Kyle Forrest Burns moved to Fort Bragg in 2015 with a desire to strengthen the coastal community through small scale, organic agriculture.

“When we first moved here from Chico, the old-timers said ‘you’ll be growing peas and potatoes, right?'” says Burns. “They couldn’t imagine that we intended to grow more than 70 varieties of vegetables and 150 varieties of flowers on less than two acres of land.”

By respecting and nurturing the soil, including using kelp from local provider Rising Tide Sea Vegetables and oyster shells, they are able to work with the…

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