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Farm & Garden Life


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.



Experience the ancient magic of beekeeping and meet the hard-working honeybees of Carmel Valley Ranch. From hive science to honey extractions, your group will learn the latest buzz about these important pollinators. Your group’s private class begins in the Organic Garden with a discussion and demonstration. Then you’ll 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


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


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