OUR FAMILY - The Heffernans

Mary and Brian Heffernan always dreamed of moving to the country to ranch and raise “free-range kids” in the dirt and sunshine. They both have deep agriculture roots and a passion for small town, small business and family-centered food. So when the opportunity to purchase the historic Sharps Gulch Ranch came along in 2013, Mary and Brian knew they'd found their land. With eyes on a new adventure and California soil in their souls, they took their four spunky girls to Siskiyou county.

We are Five Marys Farms - after Mary and our four daughters all named Mary after grandmothers and aunts on both sides of the family. MaryFrances or "Francie" is 11 and loves dogs and veterinary aspects of the ranch, MaryMarjorie or "Maisie" is 9 and can usually be found in her ranch clothes working next to her dad, MaryJane or "JJ" is 7 and will usually be seen in seven different outfits over the course of the day and MaryTeresa or "Tessa, aka Tiny" is 6 and the spunky but tough baby of the family.

Those are the FIVE MARYS proud to be working the ranch everyday keeping up with the leader of our pack, Heff. 


Mary and Brian believe that good things take time, from restoring old ranch homes to raising cattle. As they start a new chapter, this ever-adventuring family can’t wait to share stories of everyday farm life, good food and- as always- hard work.