Address: 192 Sandy Creek, Julian CA 92036 / (760) 765-2735
About Us / RK Ranch History: Produces Animal Welfare Approved chicken eggs.\n\nRK Ranch sits on the west face of the Cuyamaca Mountains at 4,100 feet. Its elevation makes Julian a very different community than the busy city of San Diego just 40 miles away. Randy Leonard and his wife Michelle left the city in 2007 for a seven acre property off the grid; they rely on solar panels to generate electricity and a well to provide water.\n\nIt was Michelle’s idea to raise chickens and she’s remained the driving force in their egg business; “I’m just the hired help,” says Randy. As new farmers, having Animal Welfare Approved certification has given Randy and Michelle another resource to help them continue to improve their egg-laying operation so that they can do the right thing. Randy is proud that their pasture-based system is the opposite of conventional egg-laying operations. “I care about what I eat and what other people eat,” he says. “It’s the right thing for my animals and my customers.”\n\nWhile Randy and Michelle don’t get to the beach as often as they used to, they love their new rural life. “If you enjoy what you’re doing, it’s not work,” he says.