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Pete Swayne grew up in southern California but spent most of his summers and winter/spring vacations with his Uncle Gene and Aunt Jo on their citrus ranch in Lemon Cove (near Visalia), a rural central California town. He quickly learned to love the chores of the early morning hours on the farm, tending to the soil, fixing irrigation lines, tackling the pesky pests, staying up all night and lighting smudge pots on frosty nights, and of course, the long hours of harvest.
After a career of running two of his family’s food processing plants in southern California, Pete longed for those days on the ranch. After selling the family business, he set out to find suitable property in northern California. Finally, in 2003, after a few years of searching, Pete found a 47 acre former Crane melon field in SW Santa Rosa as the future Swayne Family Ranch. After convincing his wife, Sherry, and their 2 kids and Sherry’s mom to move, they all came to Santa Rosa in 2004. It took two years to build- a little longer than anticipated!
Oat hay was the first crop put in on 20 acres, then 5.2 acres of chardonnay grapes were planted in 2008 and 3 acres of olive trees were planted in 2010.
Learn more about our ranch and orchard below.
Swayne Family Ranch is an Award winning Olive Oil Producer, learn more about our awards below.