Owners And Operators Of Full Circle Dairy, California Cloverleaf Farms, Burroughs Family Orchards and CCF Sullivan/Petersteiner Ranch
Ward & Rose Marie (Rosie) farm with their children and their families, carrying on a family farming legacy for over a century. Ward & Rosie and their children own and operate farms in California’s San Joaquin Valley and Bonanza, Oregon: Full Circle Dairy, California Cloverleaf Farms, Burroughs Family Orchards and CCF Sullivan/Petersteiner Ranch. Their certified organic milk is distributed by Organic West, and Burroughs Family Farms is the marketing flagship for all other organic products; almonds, award-winning olive oil and Gouda cheese, eggs, beef, chickens and turkeys.
The Burroughs are committed to regenerative, sustainable, organic family farming and to promoting the preservation of quality farmland. They produce quality, organic, grass-based products in a way that sustains the land and enhances the soil, air, water and overall environment. In addition to their earth-friendly pasturing system, the Burroughs have invested considerable resources to develop solar power to supply 80% of their pumping power needs. Hedgerows of more than 80 varieties of native plants have been planted to provide habitat for pollinators and other beneficials. The Burroughs’ organic farms rely on no synthetic inputs of any kind, and maintain a closed and sustainable loop of resources.
The Burroughs believe that their greatest legacy is passing down the farm, the most precious of natural resources, to future generations, in better condition than when they inherited the land.
Rosie and Ward are active in many organizations at a national and local level,, including California Climate Action Network (Cal Can), Western Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (WODPA), Merced-Mariposa Cattlemen’s Association, Valley Land Alliance, Country Ventures, Monarch Watch, Food Democracy Now and Community Foundation of Merced County. One of the most important projects, highest passion of concern – The Regenerative Agriculture Center ~ was started with the help of many at Chico State University to help focus in on climate change, and what our world can and should do to help reverse this catastrophic, global and misunderstood phenomenon that, if not reversed, will destroy our world as we know it.
“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.” ~ George Washington Carver