Contact informationFarm Address:
Oregon House , California , 21111
Primary Contact: "Monica Pless, New Agrarian Program Director, Quivira Coalition"
Secondary Contact: Carrie Richards
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: "Sheep & Cattle Ranching Apprenticeship in Oregon House, California<br><br> Richards Ranch is located in Oregon House, Ca along the Yuba River and about 1.5 hours from Sacramento, Ca. The ranch is 6500 acres of rangeland and used to graze our 500+ cows and 150+ sheep herd. Their sister company Richards Grassfed Beef is where they send finished animals for processing and then distribution to butcher shops, restaurants and families throughout the greater Sacramento and San Francisco Bay Area. <br><br> The Richards Ranch was purchased in 1941 by Thomas H. Richards Sr. Until recently, they always ran as a cow calf operation as well as small registered Hereford and Murray Grey programs. In 2010, Carrie and her siblings started to market the ranch's grass finished beef and soon realized there was a market. At the time, they were finishing about 5 head a year. They have since grown significantly to approximately 90 head per year from the Richards Ranch and are prioritizing soil health because in the end, the healthier your soil is, the healthier your cattle are. <br><br> They have recently finished the Savory Institute Holistic Management training and have pivoted the operation completely to improving soil health & holistic management, which they have learned quickly means moving the cattle more, in bigger groups and documenting the failures and successes of their program. <br><br> They have installed monitoring points for the Land to Market program through the Savory Institute as well as through Point Blue & the NRCS. Their apprentice will have hands-on experience with creating their plan to improve their soil health, wildlife, grass diversity & livestock production. They will also see the finished product & learn how cattle flow through the entire system (husbandry, tracking, grazing, finishing, harvesting, butchering, marketing, distribution and shipping) with the end goal being to produce the most nutrient dense food possible for their customers. <br><br> The Richards Ranch team has worked closely in the past two years to pivot the ranch to a more regenerative system and are already seeing an improvement in the land & animal health. The ranch is American Grassfed Association certified and has a yearly audit to make sure we are taking the best care of our land and animals. <br><br> When working at Richards Ranch you will be working directly with Carrie Richards, her husband Daniel Prelip and their land manager David Schulkins. <br><br> David Schulkins: David has been working for the Richards Ranch for the past five years and is an incredible asset to the team. Dave is our Land Manager and our "fix anything" guy. He will be a wonderful asset for any apprentice. His efficiency, amazing patience with livestock, and ability to try something new is what we love most about Dave. After sending Dave to grazing school he is constantly talking about how to improve every aspect of our operation and has truly taken soil health to heart. <br><br> Carrie & Daniel: Carrie and Daniel moved to the ranch 3 years ago and have two children, Lincoln, 6, and Lucy, 4. After finishing the Savory Institute's Holistic Grazing school Carrie and the Richards Ranch team have pivoted the operation to embracing the holistic way of ranching. They are excited to see how it will improve the land and operation as a whole. Carrie's role is overseeing the Ranch and Marketing Operations for the Beef company. As an owner of the Ranch and Beef company Carrie will have her hand in a little bit of everything. Working with Carrie will give you insight on the full transition from soil to supper, and what it takes to get there. Carrie and Daniel moved from the bay area to manage the ranch and are so happy to have their kids growing up in the dirt and enjoying the delicious food we produce. <br><br> Read more at http://www.richardsgrassfedbeef.com"
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: 3/7/2019
Internship Ends: 11/15/2019
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: 1/1/2019
Minimum Length of Stay: 8 months
“The apprenticeship at Richards Land and Cattle will run mid-March to the beginning of November. Starting in March they start moving their finishing herd every day, making sure they don't over eat the grass, and eat it as evenly as possible. The pace in March – May is quick and exciting. They also round up the entire herd in early March, delivering vaccinations fly tags and sorting for when the grass season hits full force in April. In the spring months they are shipping 25-30 head of finished cattle out every other week. It then slows down to 2 day moves in June and July when the weather gets hot. At the same time they are monitoring the sheep herd who will be lambing in the spring, then will get moved behind the cow herd in May-July. They are also working with the NRCS on fencing and water projects, that will get incorporated in the daily chores throughout the summer. Late summer and early fall when the weather cools down its time to take on projects like firewood, winterizing, fixing roads, pipelines and moving hay for the winter.
Living in Oregon House, California: The Richards Ranch is located in the rural town of Oregon House, Ca. There is a Grocery store/gas station, two small restaurants and a post office near by. It is approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes from Sacramento, and 45 minutes from Grass Valley/Nevada City,Ca. It is a very quiet area and is surrounded by small ranches and wineries. The climate during the apprenticeship starts off with cool days 70-80s in March – May then gets quite hot in the summer, June-September in the 90s and 100s. In the time of the apprenticeship, there should be no freezing weather unless we get an early rain in October. The elevation ranges from 500-2500 feet and is mostly covered with Oak trees, grasses and some pine trees in the high elevations. The northern border of the ranch touches the Yuba River & Lake Englebright.<br><br>
If accepted, from March to November of 2019 you will:<br>
Work outside much of the time, often engaged in physical activities<br>
Check sheep and cattle on regular basis, doctoring, processing of sheep and cattle (vaccinating, docking, branding, tagging, etc.)
<br>Ranch infrastructure maintenance, repair, and installations – help with fencing, water troughs and lines, corrals and outbuildings.
<br>Assist with care of guard dogs and stock dogs and chickens
<br>Assist with bookkeeping and/or maintaining ranch records
<br>Visual monitoring of pasture condition to determine grazing moves, helping set-up and take down temporary electric fence, moving livestock, hauling water
<br>Work closely with your mentors daily, adding independent tasks as skills and ability allow.
<br>Other ranch projects and ranch-related events as appropriate
<br>Maintain high work quality standards even when working independently.
<br>Have one day off a week to attend to personal matters during your apprenticeship.
<br>Learn a tremendous amount about yourself, your strengths and weaknesses, how a small-scale sustainable agriculture operation works, and if a career in agriculture is really for you.
Educational Opportunities: "These apprenticeships are full-time, intensive education & professional training opportunities, 50-60 hours a week, varying with the demands of season, weather, plant and animal needs. The New Agrarian Program seeks applicants committed to lives in regenerative agriculture, enough experience to know what it takes to work on the land, and an excellent work ethic. Applicants must be motivated self-starters, have the ability to work independently, be prepared to work long days outside in variable conditions; be solid problem solvers; and embrace diversity and teamwork. The selected applicants will be mature individuals, excited to engage in their own learning process. "
Skills Desired: "The apprentice will be required to: <br> Have a positive attitude<br> Survive in a dusty hot environment<br> Drive a pickup truck or ATV<br> Adjust & adapt on the fly<br> Live in a rural area<br> Work with a team, or individually<br><br> Ideally the apprentice will have any experience in: <br> Working with beef cattle and/or sheep<br> Mechanics<br> Fencing<br> Marketing<br> Driving a tractor<br> Basic knowledge of home repair/carpentry skills<br>"
Meals: "Food: Our apprentice will receive as much beef, lamb, eggs and vegetables from the garden as they please. We plan on lunches together with the whole team during the week and a weekly dinner together, but for the most part apprentices are responsible for their meals. "
Stipend: "Stipend: The monthly stipend will be $800 per month, paid bi-weekly, and can be directly deposited to your bank. The position does not allow time for a second job, but there are opportunities for extra money to be earned on the ranch. We host farm dinners and may have other work available outside of ranch duties where the apprentice can earn extra money. We also have a winery on the property that always needs help at harvest! "
Housing: "Housing: We have a small home at the headquarters available for 1-2 people. It has one bedroom and one bathroom, and if need be the family room could be turned into a second bedroom. The house is partially furnished, has a landline, water, internet, carport, wood stove, covered porch and a window air conditioning unit. The utilities are all included - though we do ask that you be conscientious of your energy use. "
Preferred method of Contact: email questions and apply online at Quivira Coalition website