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TK Ranch
P.O. Box 2050
Hanna, AB T0J 1P0

Contact: Colleen Biggs

Phone: 403-578-2404

Email: cbiggs@ovu-trac.com, colleen@tkranch.com

Website: http://www.cattle-handling.com, http://www.tkranch.com

Last Updated: 02-11-2009

General Description: Our mission: "TK Ranch exists to perpetuate a healthy family and rural lifestyle based on a spiritually nurturing relationship with the land, the animals and the people."

TK Ranch has been a leader in the field of environmental management and animal welfare for many years. We are located in the endangered Northern Fescue Grasslands of east-central Alberta and have many threatened and endangered species living on our ranch. Over the years we have developed management practices that have enhanced the health of our grasslands and biodiversity such as time controlled grazing, solar off-site watering systems and managed wildlife areas. We have worked with many environmental groups to ensure our land is managed in an environmentally/wildlife friendly manner.

Since 1995 Dylan Biggs has taught low stress livestock handling across Canada and the northern United States (see http://www.cattle-handling.com.) Dylan's commitment to teaching producers and other members of the livestock industry a more humane and gentle way of handling livestock has been recognized both locally and nationally. As a result of this TK Ranch has received the Alberta SPCA Farmer of the Year Award and is Certified Humane by the BC SPCA.

Our TK Ranch Natural Meats program (see www.tkranch.com) is unique in the industry and since 1995 we have been supplying many health food stores across Alberta with clean, humanely raised, non-factory farmed beef, pork, chicken and lamb. Our products have a very loyal following of consumers and provide a working example of how we can evolve our local food system. Over the years we have mentored many small family farms to become more environmentally sustainable and animal friendly.

Since 2000 we have been an active satellite for the Medicine River Wildlife Center for stabilizing and treating rescued/injured wildlife and work closely with Alberta Fish and Wildlife to give these animals and birds a chance at rehabilitation and release back into the wild. It is not uncommon to find threatened or endangered species being treated on our kitchen table or released on TK Ranch. There are over 140 birds that live or migrate through our ranch, as well as many mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

We are committed living close to the earth. We purchase organic and natural foods and only cook scratch meals. Our home is an energy efficient straw bale house that we built in 1995. We grow a large certified organic garden that we rely upon for both summer and winter vegetables.

Our program is management intensive and we work long hours to ensure we are creating a better future for agriculture and the small family farm in Alberta.

Internship Starts: May 1
Internship Ends: Open
Number of Interns: 4
App Deadline: Open
Minimum Length of Stay: 4 weeks

Meals: Provided. We prepare large home-cooked meals from scratch in a family atmosphere.

Skills Desired: No experience necessary, just a willingness to learn and work. Submit an email describing why the intern would like to work on TK Ranch with any relevant work experience, if any.

Educational Opportunities: Low stress livestock handling; working livestock with dogs and horses; off-site watering systems/riparian habitat management; time controlled grazing; electric fencing; wildlife/biodiversity focused management; reptile and amphibian survey; wildlife rescue and first aid; organic animal husbandry; direct marketing off the farm; organic vegetable gardening; straw bale construction

Stipend: $350 /month

Housing: Provided. We are acquiring housing to allow each intern to have their own bedroom and privacy.

Preferred method Of Contact: Email or phone

Internship Details: Sustainable Ranching


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