A Writer’s Summer at the Ranney Ranch

By Sean McCoy Summer 2018 writer-in-residence at Ranney Ranch Tarantulas are crossing the highway. The grass has begun to cure. I’m sitting on the porch of the Sowell House, as I often have this summer, watching the clouds above the mesa and wishing to…

Apprenticing on the Ranney Ranch

Curious to know what apprenticing on the Ranney Ranch is like? Here’s a word from our current apprentice, Ben Vanderhoof, about his experience so far. When I was asked by Nancy Ranney to write a brief account of my experience on the ranch as…

Audubon Certified

Ranney Ranch and Audubon partner to protect birds by restoring grasslands.

The Audubon mark certifies the beef was grazed on Audubon certified bird-friendly land.

Finding Home on the Range

“So, what are your plans for after graduation?” “What you want to do with your life?” Ah, the questions every soon-to-be college graduate dreads. And of course, the ones asked by every well-meaning grandparent, aunt, professor, and friend. If you’d asked me one of…

On Cows and Carbon

How possibly can our management of semi-arid ranch land have the potential for ameliorating large scale climate impacts? Very recently, streams of evidence are beginning to trickle from the scientific community supporting the idea that healthy soil may be the simplest, most cost effective method for sequestering carbon from the atmosphere.

Ranney Ranch Pot Roast           

With gratitude to Deborah Madison not only for offering her recipe but for working in steadfast support of humane and environmentally responsible livestock production in the Southwest over the past decade and more.