Rancho Llano Seco has been in the Thieriot family for six generations. In 1861, the Rancho was purchased by prominent San Francisco banker and diplomat John Parrott, a descendant of the Thieriot family. He developed it as one of the most profitable ranches in California cultivating wheat, grains, sheep, hogs, cattle, and mules. In its 6th generation of gentle land stewardship, the family continues to explore and preserve Llano Seco’s richness. Joining forces with conservation groups and US Fish & Wildlife, Llano Seco works to restore native grasslands, wetlands, oak savannas and riparian forests in order to preserve and grow the diversity of animal and plant existence on the Rancho.
Llano Seco was originally a conventional farm, its main crop being walnuts. With a passion for pork and a passion for organic food, Charlie Thieriot took the helm at his childhood stomping grounds and began the formidable task of bringing organic practices to a conventional farm. Thieriot says he is engaged in a quest to convert 100% of the ranch’s organically and humanely raised pigs to pork products. Under his direction, they have opened up their own processing facility, began using a certified organic slaughter house that is only 20 minutes from the ranch, and feeding their pigs organic grains and legumes (80% of which is grown on the ranch). To this end, Llano Seco Organic Pork is the culmination of their mission to provide a variety of products while caring for the people, the animals and the land in a holistic approach to ranching.