The long and winding road…
Or at least, that was the tune in my head as I drove in the late afternoon towards Humboldt County to visit our newest farm partners Liz and Hugo Klopper at Bear River Valley Ranch. Dusk was hitting as I drove through the small town of Ferndale, pass the town hall and the old Majestic Theater, and continued onward for about 40 minutes more towards the Kloppers’ 6,000-acre property.
At the end of the road stood a smiling Liz and Hugo, waiting outside their blue pick-up and eager to show me their farm.
Hugo, originally born in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), came to California at the age of 19. He inherited the property from his stepfather 25 years ago and has been ranching with his wife and now three boys, Aaron, Ryan, and Matthew, ever since.