Black Mesa Ranch
Snowflake AZ 85937
Phone: (928) 536-7759
Nestled at the base of Black Mesa in the beautiful White Mountains of Arizona about 9 miles due east of the historic pioneer town of Snowflake, we (the owners Kathryn and David) work towards rehabilitating and improving this long-abandoned 280-acre "off-grid" homestead property with an eye toward self-sufficiency and a plan for sustainability.
Black Mesa Ranch is "off-grid", generating all it's own electricity, primarily from solar and wind sources .We use no chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides in any of our agricultural activities. We never, ever use those nasty hormones on any of our animals to increase productivity, aid in milking, or synchronize breedings as is commonly done in many modern dairy operations. We do a great deal with holistic and natural herd management techniques. The use of pharmaceutical meds and antibiotics for the herd here is strictly limited to individual instances of life-saving measures under the direction and supervision of our herd's veterinarian and the State Department of Agriculture. Any animal so treated (and this is a very rare event) is immediately pulled from the milking line and kept off it for at least the minimum recommended withdrawal period - and usually much longer.
Black Mesa Ranch's cheeses are made exclusively from the milk of our own small, registered, Nubian goat herd. Nubians were chosen by Black Mesa Ranch as a breed of goats especially suitable for Arizona's climate and for cheese-making.In keeping with our philosophies of sustainability, our herd browses free-range across the Ranch property in the Hay Hollow Valley, or up the rocky slopes of Black Mesa all day long. This rich, varied, natural diet provides the dairy with milk of special merit. David, a highly trained and experienced professional chef, now also the cheese maker for the dairy, describes the milk as having "distinctive local qualities, ideal for turning into unique cheeses". These characteristics, often referred to as "terroir" (a French word which means roughly "of the earth") are key in providing the lush flavor tones found in all Black Mesa Ranch cheeses.
Following the completion of an extensive application process and series of rigorous on-site inspections, Black Mesa Ranch is proud to announce that we have recently been "Certified Humane Raised and Handled". Black Mesa Ranch is the first and only producer in Arizona to have earned this certification.
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Tours Available: Yes
Brick & Mortar: Yes
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|Date added: 14.7.2008|