July Art & Ag – CR-25 Ranch

Art & Ag artists made the most of their time at CR-25 Ranch in July as they captured the
beauty - with their paintbrushes and cameras - of this charming working ranch in Yolo County.

 

CR-25 Ranch is a beautiful and welcoming 70-acre cattle ranch nestled up against the rolling hills of Yolo. The hills cut across the horizon to the west as far as the eyes can see, before they run into the sharp ascent of the Blue Ridge mountains.

   

Todd and Lori Ronchetto have lived here since the early 80s, when Todd served as the local farrier. When they first moved to the property, says Lori, "all that was here was a bunch of weeds, a tiny pole barn and a small mulberry tree." They first built their home then added the horse corral, roping arena, hay barn, and machine shop. But they made a point of keeping the mulberry tree, as a memento and marker of what the land looked like when they first arrived and it was ‘the prettiest thing around’.

Photos by Alan Fishleder

They raised two children on this busy ranch and both of them had their weddings here which recently spawned the idea to make CR-25 Ranch into a wedding venue. The sprawling property now includes all the amenities for a charming country chic wedding complete with bride and groom dressing rooms, an expansive lawn and patio, an outdoor dance floor and bar. "The weddings have reminded me to really appreciate the land more,” says Lori. “It’s very enjoyable to be able to share our land for these happy occasions and we’re so excited to have the artists out here this month.”