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Moore Ranch, Nicasio Valley


Save More Farms - donate nowMoore Ranch was once part of the Rancho Nicasio land grant and has been a working ranch since the mid-19th century. It was purchased in 1950 by the Gallagher family who had leased it since 1923. Jim Moore, a former Wall Street investment banker, with his wife Margaret, purchased the landmark 1000-acre property from the Gallagher family in 1999.

Moore Ranch with Black MountainThe youngest of nine children, rancher Rich Gallagher, still runs cattle on the ranch. Pointing to one of the granite outcroppings that characterize the landscape of Moore Ranch, Jim stated that “Rich is as much a part of this place as that rock. We want to make sure he can do what he’s been doing since day one.”

Jim Moore was born and raised in Colorado where his family has resided for several generations. For Jim, that rural lifestyle would be short-lived. “I woke up in the summers to the sound of hammers,” he said, remembering the march of suburbs across the countryside, until the former working landscape was almost unrecognizable.  It was this early experience and the recognition of the national threat to farmland that helped the Moores make up their minds to sell an agricultural conservation easement to MALT in 2004.

“This is an amazing piece of property,” Jim says, “This is old California.”

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