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Badger Creek Ranch

Contact information
Farm Address:

All Positions filled for the 2019 season. Thank you!


Canon City , Colorado , 20650

Primary Contact: Natalie and Brian Allio
Secondary Contact: "Monica Pless, New Agrarian Program Director, Quivira Coalition"


Primary Phone:
    Type:
Cell
    Number: 505-820-2544
    Email: newagrarian@quiviracoalition.org

    Email: INFO@BADGERCREEKRANCH.COM

Website: https://quiviracoalition.org/badger-creek

Website: http://www.badgercreekranch.com/

Internship information
General Farm Description: "BADGER CREEK RANCH is a working cattle ranch and guest ranch run by Natalie and Brian Allio and the Badger Creek Ranch team. The apprentice will be focused on caring for livestock, including the cattle that are grazed there in the summer, along with chickens, pigs, and horses. Badger Creek Ranch manages cattle through Holistic Management on horseback, using Natural Horsemanship techniques. Up to six guests stay every week. Guests ride with ranch managers to move cattle, check fences, monitor land and assist with ranch needs according to their riding ability. While the apprentice will be focused on livestock and agriculture, they will help lead guests when appropriate. Apprentices should be comfortable riding on rough terrain. Badger Creek is an hour from Ca?on City, 45 minutes from Salida, and an hour drive from Arrowpoint Cattle. Badger Creek Ranch works cattle with Arrowpoint Cattle. Cow calf pairs are moved to high elevation grazing at Badger Creek Ranch during the summer while the two year olds finish out on the lush grass of the valley. "

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: 4/1/2019
Internship Ends: 11/4/2019
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: 1/1/2019
Minimum Length of Stay: 7 months

Internship Details:

This a well-rounded learning opportunity; working cattle, planned grazing in different environments, stockmanship, horsemanship and educating guests that visit Badger Creek Ranch in the summer, to name a few. The apprentice will be focused on caring for livestock, including the cattle that are grazed there in the summer, along with chickens, pigs, and horses. Badger Creek welcomes up to six guests at a time, and focuses on incorporating grassfed beef and other ranch products into family-style meals, opening conversations with guests about regenerative agriculture, and hosting soil health workshops to help teach other landowners and ranchers about erosion control techniques.

Badger Creek Ranch manages cattle through Holistic Management on horseback, using Natural Horsemanship techniques. Guests ride with ranch managers to move cattle, check fences, monitor land and assist with ranch needs according to their riding ability. While the apprentice will be focused on livestock and agriculture, they will help lead guests when appropriate. Apprentices should be comfortable riding on rough terrain.

Natalie and Brian Allio started Badger Creek Ranch several years ago after managing a guest ranch in Northern Colorado near the Wyoming state line. They are joined by Dave and Chrissy McFarlane, who moved out from their farm West Virginia. Natalie is finishing requirements to be a certified educator for Holistic Management International. Dave handles many of the administrative duties, while Chrissy and Brian handle management of the various livestock needs. Everyone wears multiple hats, covering everything from fencing and infrastructure to kitchen and hospitality. Working together, they have a rotation for cooking meals, collaborate on marketing products and balancing the needs of the livestock and the guests to ensure that everything goes smoothly. Morning meetings facilitate the smooth management of multiple priorities across the whole team.


Educational Opportunities: "This apprenticeship is offered through Quivira Coalition's New Agrarian Program. The full cohort of apprentices on regenerative ranches and farms across the west will attend an April orientation, complete courses through Holistic Management international on whole farm and ranch planning, biological monitoring, financial Management and Business planning and marketing. Apprentices will also attend the annual Quivira Conference, hosted with Holistic Management International and the American Grassfed Association, in November. "

Skills Desired: "This apprentice will work closely six days a week with Natalie, Brian, Dave or Chrissy at the ranch. This is a great opportunity for an apprentice with a positive attitude and a great work ethic who wants to learn while doing about grass-fed beef and pasture raised pork and poultry by: maintaining/repairing perimeter fence, building temporary electrical fences, herding/moving cattle through rotational grazing plan and assisting with marketing grass fed/pasture raised products. They will get experience with livestock management, land monitoring, horsemanship and stockmanship. Other activities may be incorporated into the day, depending on the apprentice?s interests. The apprenticeship at Badger Creek Ranch is well-suited to applicants who enjoying engaging with people, educating guests and are ready to be ""on"" all the time. This is a full-time, intensive education and professional training program requiring fifty to sixty hours a week, sometimes more and sometimes less. One of the joys as well as the challenges of farming is living and working with the rhythm of the seasons, and the work schedule follows the demands of season, weather, and animal needs. Enthusiasm and a sincere commitment to sustainable agriculture and food production are more important than experience, though riding competency is needed and experience with other livestock is a plus. Depending on availability and apprentice interested, exposure and experience in some of the other enterprises may be possible. Enthusiasm and a sincere commitment to sustainable agriculture and food production are more important than experience, though riding compentency is needed and experience with other livestock is a plus. Depending on availability and apprentice interested, exposure and experience in some of the other enterprises may be possible."

Meals: "At Badger Creek, meals are prepared and are eaten family style while guests are staying at the ranch. Apprentice will have access to the kitchen to prepare meals when guests are not at the ranch. "

Stipend: "$700 a month plus full room, board and education"

Housing: "At Badger Creek Ranch, the apprentice will stay in a room at the ranch headquarters. All utilities are included in housing at no additional cost to the apprentice, though the apprentice is expected to be conscientious about energy use since the ranch is off-grid. "

Preferred method of Contact: email or online application at Quivira Coalition website