ack in 2006 when we
we mused that someday we
would run out of stories.
This has not been our reality. We seem to
have an unending supply of new and in-
teresting story ideas. The Gilroy Ostrich
Farm is one of those!
Dan Nelson, an entrepreneur with his
hand in numerous ventures is the force
behind the Gilroy Ostrich Farm. Located
on Pacheco Pass Highway east of Soap
Lake and before Casa de Fruta, Dan has
113 acres that he hopes to turn into the
largest ostrich operation in California.
Currently he has about 120 of these
fascinating creatures and is in negotia-
tions to acquire another 200.
Ostriches are flightless and the
world’s largest birds. They are native
to the African savannah and seem to
acclimate well to our weather. There is
something prehistoric about them and
they are probably one of the closest
animals to dinosaurs in existence.
Several males on Dan’s farm are
GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN
Written By Larry J. Mickartz
Gilroy Ostrich Farm
5450 Pacheco Pass Highway
Gilroy, CA 95020