TomKat Ranch & TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation
Kat is co-founder of TomKat Ranch, a 1,800 acre working cattle ranch, which raises grass-finished livestock with the high standards of humane treatment and sustainable practices. TKR sells its 100% certified grass-fed beef through its marketing label, LeftCoast GrassFed. LeftCoast GrassFed beef is sold to the Central Coast community, providing a healthy, local protein source. LeftCoast GrassFed is also donated to Puente de la Costa Sur for their monthly food drives. The primary purpose of all activities on TomKat Ranch is to restore healthy living soil systems to re-sequester carbon, support biodiversity, generate a product healthy for its consumers with food security for all, retain and restore water and water quality, and restore the resiliency of our rural economies.
Governor Newsom’s recent executive order N-82-20 outlined a strong plan to use California’s working and conservation lands as part of a climate solution that promotes biodiversity and is a strong foothold in support of the practices that the TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation (TKREF) has been studying and advocating for over the past several years. The Office of Kat Taylor and TKREF are working together, and with many other stakeholders who acknowledge the deep co-benefits of regenerative land management, to provide viable policy solutions and expertise that will help to address the issues of biodiversity, climate mitigation, and management of working lands laid out in the Executive Order.
California can incentivize farmers and ranchers to transition to agricultural management practices that have a multitude of benefits to farms, local economies, and society as a whole. Regenerative practices on agricultural lands can improve crop yields, help pest and disease management, increase water infiltration and retention, and resilience to extreme weather such as flood, fire, and drought. These practices can also enhance public health, improve water and air quality, increase pollinator and wildlife habitat, promote biodiversity, and significantly mitigate climate change.