Flourish Magazine

Fall-Winter 2014

Flourish Magazine, the North Bay's Guide to Sustainable Living. Serving Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties and sharing the stories of local people working towards sustainable living, organic foods and eco-conscious lifestyles.

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FALL/WINTER 2014 • FLOURISH 27 I t's late afternoon as the sun begins its slow descent on the horizon, bathing the vast acreage of Stemple Creek Ranch in a rich, golden glow. Loren Poncia pauses on a bluff overlooking the coastal hills to the west and watches as the ranch Akbash-Maremma protection dogs — Salty, Pepper, and Zeus — roam the perimeter of his sheep flock checking for predators. All eyes scan the horizon for signs of marauding coyotes, but thankfully no poachers are in sight. The scattered sheep continue to graze in blissful peace under the canines' watchful guard. (cont.)

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