The Land Report

AG 2019

The Magazine of the American Landowner is an essential guide for investors, landowners, and those interested in buying or selling land. The award-winning quarterly is known for its annual survey of America's largest landowners, The Land Report 100.

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inking outside the box landed this California beef producer's entire herd inside Whole Foods. BY HENRY CHAPPELL Hearst Ranch PHOTOGRAPHY BY RICHARD FIELD LEVINE, STEVE MILLER + ALEXANDER VERTIKOFF CASE STUDY T he Piedra Blanca Rancho lords over the Pacific roughly halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Grassland, native oaks, and chaparral cover its gentle slopes. Coastal prairie extends from the foothills to the cliffs above San Simeon Bay. Rainfall runs up to 20 inches at sea level, and as much as 40 inches at higher elevations. Streams flow year-round from the Santa Lucias, a coastal mountain range running parallel to the ocean's waters. During the warmer months, dense fog is a constant feature along the scenic shoreline. "A lot of emotion goes with the San Simeon property," says Steve Hearst. "e family loves it just the way it is. ey don't want to see changes. Our president once said he bought a newspaper for $500 million and got a call from a single family member. He had a fence painted on the ranch and got 18 calls. We maintain and restore 40 L ANDREP ORT.COM e LandReport | AGRICULTURE 20 19

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