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Deadline Extended for the following 2017 apprenticeships

Brett Gray Ranch
Eight-Month Ranching Apprenticeship in Rush, CO

Round River Resource Management, LLC is a land resource and livestock management company dedicated to restoring and improving agricultural operations through the principles of Holistic ManagementTM in a sustainable manner and consistent with the goals of the resource owner.

The name Round River is derived from the metaphorical river described by Aldo Leopold that flows endlessly into itself, circling around and around in a never ending circuit that symbolizes the current of life. Leopold's illustration describes the manner in which energy streams from the soil into plants, then into animals and finally back into the soil in a continuous circuit of life.
Round River Resource Management was founded in 2008 to manage the Brett Gray Ranch and other agricultural enterprises following the principles of Holistic ManagementTM and to provide educational and business opportunities that help young, innovative people enter the ranching business.

Start Date: Flexible start date
To apply, email a resume and letter of interest to Louis Martin.

Cobblestone Ranch
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.

James Ranch Artisan Cheese
Eight-Month Dairy and Cheesemaking Apprenticeship in Durango, CO

James Ranch Artisan Cheese manages a small herd of Jersey cows for the production of raw milk and small-batch cheeses in the beautiful Animas Valley near Durango, Colorado. Operated by Dan and Becca James, James Ranch Artisan Cheese is one of several family-run enterprises on the larger James Ranch. This dairy and cheesemaking apprenticeship offers professional training for aspiring agrarians committed to a life and career at the intersection of conservation, sustainable agriculture, and artisan foods. The apprenticeship includes hands-on experience with all aspects of dairy operation and cheese production, including low-stress animal handling, milking, cheese making, affinage, biological monitoring, marketing, financial planning, Holistic Management, and land stewardship.

Start Date: Before April 1.
To apply, email a resume and letter of interest to Dan and Becca James.


Vilicus Farms
Eight-Month Grain Farming Apprenticeship in Havre, MT

Vilicus Farms is a first generation, nationally recognized organic, dryland crop farm located in northern Hill County, Montana. Established in 2009, Vilicus Farms grows a diverse array of heirloom and specialty grains, pulse, oilseed and broadleaf crops within a 5+year rotation on approximately 5,000 acres. Vilicus Farms practices advanced land stewardship at a scale that matters. The Vilicus Farms Apprenticeship is intended to be a multi-season training and mentoring program that immerses highly motivated young professionals in organic farm operation and management - a journey that ultimately ends in farm ownership. Doug and Anna understand the challenges of taking a farm from vision to reality. Through the Vilicus Farms apprenticeship program they hope to give beginning farmers a real opportunity to start a successful organic dryland crop farm in the Northern Great Plains.

Start Date: Before April 1.
To Apply, email a resume and letter of interest to Anna Crabtree-Jones.

Please send applications directly to mentor operations, other questions and inquiries to the New Agrarian Program.

Save the Dates! May 5 - 7

Join us for a Land Health Workshop @ Red Canyon Ranch

Bain Group Media Luna
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.

Eventbrite - Rangeland Monitoring @ Red Canyon Reserve