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Dig In and Get Carried Away

Situated on 500 acres of historic farmland, The Ranch remains true to its agricultural roots by growing many of its own fruits, vegetables, herbs, and other natural ingredients to support a program of sustainability. The two-acre organic garden, which features an apiary, hen house, salt house, orchard, and surrounding lavender fields, supplies the raw materials and inspiration for our renowned cuisine as well as our therapeutic spa products. Come explore the garden ecosystem and take a closer look at the beneficial relationships between plants, animals, and the earth.

A BEE'S LIFE

Experience the ancient magic of beekeeping through the lens of a Carmel Valley Ranch beekeeper. From hive science to honey extractions, your group will learn the latest buzz about these important pollinators. Your private class begins in the organic garden with a discussion and demonstration, accompanied by sips of refreshing honey-lavender lemonade. Then your group will suit up and head into the Apiary to learn how new hive installations draw connections between plants and herbs, pollen and pollinators. The experience concludes with a taste of honey served with an artisanal cheese and fruit platter.
Note: If there are children in your group, they must be at least 6 years of age to attend.

$155 per person | 10–20 people | 90 minutes


DIG IN! WITH FARMER MARK MARINO

Join us for a hands-on organic gardening seminar, where you’ll take a private tour of the organic garden, visit the Hen House, and spend time with The Ranch’s veteran organic farmer, Mark Marino. Get your hands dirty, learning about composting and how to plan for and prepare a vegetable bed for seasonal plantings. Gloves and tools will be provided.

$75 per person | 10–20 people | 60 minutes


ORGANIC GARDEN TOUR AND CHICKEN CHAT

Where can you pick vegetables, feed chickens, taste home-grown salt crystals, and discover how last night’s salad sprouted to life? Join our naturalist on a private tour of the vegetable and flowerbeds, fruit orchard, Hen House, and our own unique salt house to learn how we transformed the hillside next to the 10th fairway into a fertile and sustainable culinary paradise.

$240 up to 12 people | $20 per additional person | 45–60 minutes


ORGANIC TEA BLENDING WORKSHOP

This isn’t your grandmother’s tea party. It’s an opportunity to tour our organic garden and medicinal herb beds and learn about the beneficial properties of teas made from these plants. You’ll pick herbs straight from the garden to create and enjoy a fresh tea on the spot. Then we’ll help you combine dried herbs to make a your own tea blend to take home.

$75 per person | 10-person minimum | 60 minutes