The Miller Moth Ranch is located in the foothills of Parkfield and San Miguel on the northern end of Ranchita Canyon in southern Monterey County.
We are a year round, family owned and operated agricultural farm. We raise Angus Cross Cattle and African Boer Meat Goats. We farm some of the land (Hay and Grain Production). We raise and harvest our own ranch honey. We share what we do through various agricultural tourism activities.
The property is approximately 4,200 acres and is currently owned and operated by the 5th generation family members. The ranch’s name, Miller Moth Ranch, is based on the family's cattle brand known as the Miller Moth. The first generation settled on the land at the turn of the century. The property was originally home to the largest almond ranch in the country with over 5,000 acres of dryland almonds. After the almond era, the ranch evolved into grain and livestock production.
When the almonds were first planted, agriculture was still relying on horses or mules and slowly evolving towards simple tractors that were unable to work on the property's steep hills. Due to this dilemma, it took hundreds of men to clear, plant, cultivate, prune, harvest and maintain thousands of acres of almonds. In order to secure this labor, a settlement was created in the middle of the orchards and was referred to as Camp 5 or today Historical Almond Springs. This settlement had extensive bunk houses as well as a church, school, small mercantile, grange hall, formean’s houses, and a large tent city. During this time the area was known as the “Almond Capital of the World” and produced 90% of the almonds sold in the USA. Our family's ranch was one of the largest producers in the Paso Robles Almond Growers Association and true pioneers of the almond production we see today. After planting in the 1900s and up until the almonds were removed in the late 40's, Almond Springs' purpose slowly faded away as equipment advanced, the need for labor diminished, and the Central Valley began its agricultural boom.
Our primary goal is, and has always been, to preserve the ranch and its agricultural beauty for future generations.