Meet the Laid Back Ranch - and its awesome owners Sajun & Paula Folsom! Make sure to visit their Farmers Market booth for some grass finished beef, pasture raised eggs, and gluten-free baked goods! For a glimpse into the life on the ranch...continue reading!
The Laid Back Ranch began when Sajun moved from California to Colorado to help his aunt, Mae, with her cattle. She encouraged Sajun to raise and market grass finished beef from her herd of Aubracs, a breed specially selected for its hardiness at high altitude, superior finishing on grass, and excellent temperament.
Sajun met Paula a year after he founded the ranch, and Paula brought a passion for poultry and baking to the operation. They now have a ten-acre ranch in Norwood, where they raise chickens, ducks, and turkeys.
Today, the Laid Back Ranch offers healthy, humanely-raised beef and eggs, while simultaneously restoring and improving the land on which they run their animals. The ranch’s animals are happy and successful without the addition of antibiotics, hormones, or vaccines. “No bull, just beef.”
All of Laid Back Ranch’s animals are raised exclusively on pasture, either on the ranch itself or on the 250 acres that make up multiple leases around Norwood. The large amount of acreage for their small cattle herd allows Sajun to move the herd quickly from pasture to pasture, ensuring the animals are always grazing on the best grass, and that the pastures themselves do not become over-grazed.
On the ranch, the hens always have access to a two-acre pasture, where they are free to hunt for bugs, take dustbaths, and enjoy the sunshine. There are roosters and tom turkeys present in the flock, and part of the summer season involves allowing broody hens to set on eggs and raise chicks and turkey poults.
Currently, the Laid Back Ranch serves Norwood, Ridgway, and Telluride. Folks can find them at the Norwood summer and winter markets, and the Ridgway Farmers Market in the summer. They also deliver their products locally, and invite customers to the farm to pick up eggs and beef.
Sajun and Paula look forward to closing a lot of loops on the ranch, including breeding their own cattle and poultry, and growing their own poultry feed. They strive to be a positive part of a community that has been so encouraging and supportive. The Ranch couple are inspired by permaculture systems, other great farmers and ranchers, their animals, and each other. They are especially encouraged by the feedback from their customers.
So, make sure to stop by their booth to talk to them and hear more about what they have going on - and make sure to pick up some of their goodies!
Laid Back Ranch
Sajun and Paula Folsom
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