Deadline Extended for the following 2017 apprenticeships
Eight-Month Ranching Apprenticeship in Chico, CA
The Cobblestone Ranch is a sheep operation based on private property and on federal wildlife refuge lands managed specifically for wildlife habitat. Breanna Owens runs approximately two hundred ewes (with expansion plans over the next few years to increase to five hundred ewes). She uses a rotational grazing strategy on the refuge with the overall goal of maintaining and enhancing wildlife habitat and specific goals of reducing thatch, shrub and weed control, and stimulating new herbaceous growth. She moves the sheep one to two times a week, in paddocks ranging from one to five acres depending on seasonality and management objectives. Owens sells lambs as grass-fed and -finished either as feeder lambs to a direct marketer or as finished lambs to a regional processor. She plans on transitioning a portion of the flock to organic and selling through a regional CSA.
Start Date: Flexible start date
To apply, email a resume and letter of interest to Bre Owens.
Save the Dates! May 5 - 7Join us for a Land Health Workshop @ Red Canyon Ranch
Join the Quivira Coalition for a free land health workshop focused on monitoring and maintaining rangeland health.
Steve Carson & Cullen Hallmark will demonstrate how to assess vegetation using the Bull's Eye method and how to construct media lunas, evaporative water catchment structures for dry lands.
Participants are encouraged to come Friday evening and stay through Saturday evening or Sunday morning.
We provide water and a beautiful place to camp out, you bring the rest! We hope you'll join us for this unique opportunity to learn.