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Life on Rancho San Julian

Elizabeth Poett

Elizabeth Poett was raised on Rancho San Julian, a 14,000-acre ranch on Santa Barbara’s Central Coast. The San Julian is one of the oldest cattle ranches in California, and Elizabeth’s family has owned and worked this land since 1837. 

As a 7th generation cattle rancher, Elizabeth is passionate about preserving the land, growing healthy, humanely-raised foods, and bringing friends and family together for joyful celebrations. 

After school, Elizabeth moved back to the ranch and began working full time. In 2018, Elizabeth launched The Ranch Table, where she hosts cooking classes, special meals, and private events at Rancho San Julian’s historic adobe. The Ranch Table offers a way for visitors to learn about the foods they eat and each event ends with a beautiful, seasonal meal. 

In 2021, Elizabeth began hosting a cooking show called Ranch To Table on the Magnolia Network. Here she shares what ranch life is all about, as well as flavorful recipes that are easy to make at home.

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Austin Campbell

Austin Campbell is the cattle and ranch manager at Rancho San Julian. Austin comes from a long line of ranchers and farmers in Santa Barbara County.  Raised on what was then known as Cojo-Jalama—a ranch that traverses some of the most beautiful coastal land in California—Austin decided at an early age that he would spend his life as a rancher. 

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Rancho San Julian

Rancho San Julian was granted to Jose De la Guerra in 1837 and has remained in the same family ever since. The main house, which the family calls the Casa, was built from the early 1800s to the late 1800s. The Casa is still used today as the headquarters of the ranch, family gatherings, ranch management, and Ranch Table events. Rancho San Julian is 14,000 acres and is home to wildlife, oak forests and rolling hillsides. The land is used primarily as a working cattle ranch, but also dry farmed crops, kitchen gardens, honey bees, lavender fields and orchards.

The Ranch Table

The Ranch Table invites you to come spend the day on Rancho San Julian. Our gatherings are held at the historic ranch headquarters, located 45 minutes up the coast from Santa Barbara, California. Each event centers around locally grown food and California culture. Participants learn about the traditions, eviroment, and history of the ranch and Santa Barbara County while enjoying local food and entertainment. 

A percentage of all proceeds from the gatherings go directly to the preservation of the ranch. By joining us, you are helping to maintain the land, the historic buildings, and our local history for generations to come. For a list of our gatherings go here Upcoming Gatherings and for private events please email here: info@theranchtable.con

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Ranch To Table

Elizabeth’s cooking show Ranch To Table airs on Magnolia Network where viewers can see more of the day-to-day life and food that Elizabeth cooks in her home kitchen on the ranch. Seasons 1-2 are all streaming on the Magnolia Network, Discovery Plus and HBO Max and Season 3 is on its way! In the Fall of 2023, Elizabeth is looking forward to releasing her first cookbook, The Ranch Table Cookbook.