Mollie and Roger Sitkin, along with 5 part-time employees.
1,000 acres in Linden, about 98 miles from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.
Located in the San Joaquin Valley, Old Dog Ranch has seen many transformations since Mollie’s great-great-grandfather purchased the land in 1918. It was originally a sheep ranch, and Mollie’s father, Roger, started growing apples, blueberries, and annual crops when he took over. Apple trees gave way to walnut orchards, which thrive in the area’s deep, well-drained soil and low winter temperatures. A small portion of the land is farmed; 90% of the ranch is a wildlife habitat. Both of the Sitkins’ two walnut orchards are Certified Organic and in 2021 they became the first Regenerative Organic Certified™ walnut farm through the Regenerative Organic Alliance. To diversify the farms’ offerings, Mollie launched the farm’s value-added product line, including handmade seasoned walnuts and walnut butter.