Vicarious Ranch

The main base of operations where we grow our fruits, vegetables & animals.


Indian Valley Creamery

Though still a work in progress, here is where we will turn our goat and sheep milk into artisan cheeses, yogurt and ice cream.



Click here to see our goat herd. We raise registered Mini-Nubian and Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats.


Central Coast Mangalitsas

Here you will find our rare Old World Mangalitsa lard pigs. Known as Kobe Pork, we produce feeder hogs for chefs and restaurants all along the west coast.



Keeping Up With The Clampetts has been our headquarters for the latest ranch news since the beginning, updated daily! We also have a PODCAST packed with information on our ranching experiences.


Pasture Raised Lamb

Beautiful St.Croix hair sheep roam our 60 acres year round and provide us with delicious lamb. Hair sheep shed their coats every summer so do not need to be sheared. They also don't produce the lanolin required to keep wool coats managed resulting in much cleaner taste. Even if you don't like lamb, you may just love our lamb.


Indian Valley Farmstand

Homegrown lamb, pork, eggs, fruits and vegetables as well as delicious homemade preserves and baked goods available every weekend (Fri-Sun) at our lower ranch farm stand.



While we haven't broken ground on it yet, the lower ranch will eventually contain a certified NFAA Field Archery course that will be open to the public.


Vicarious Ranch is located in the heart of California's Central Coast wine country outside the mission town of San Miguel, near the city of Paso Robles. We raise Mini Nubian and Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats and St. Croix sheep to provide milk for our dairy, Indian Valley Creamery. In our dairy, we produce artisan goat and sheeps' milk cheeses to pair with our neighbors' wineries. We have free-range chickens that provide delicious, beautifully colored eggs which we sell to local health-conscious families. We breed the Mangalitsa breed of Old World Hungarian lard pigs (known as Kobe Pork) for gourmets and restaurants all along the west coast.

Our operation is young but our plans are big. We love the Central Coast, see the potential in this booming new wine country and hope to find a niche with our complimentary, naturally grown foods. The owners, Mike and Christy Larsen, bring a unique set of experiences and talents to the farm. Christy, a city girl from Los Angeles, is a certified pastry chef and gourmet with a strong business background. Mike worked in a Wisconsin cheese factory from age 15 through college and spent 15 years in Alaska hunting moose and catching salmon. Together, they bring a little bit of City and a whole lot of Country to the ranch. 

They decided to leave the big city and traffic for a quiet country farm. The response from family and friends was nearly unanimous. Almost everyone stated they had the same dream and would be living vicariously through the couple. Hence the name Vicarious Ranch.