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…

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…

2015 Artist in Residence

This summer we have been fortunate to host John Beerman, an accomplished artist from North Carolina, at the old Sowell House, the original stone headquarters of the ranch built in 1926. John’s paintings of the ranch will be exhibited at the LewAllen Gallery in…

2015 Annual Round Up

With so much rain and an abundance of grass, heifers and calves are fat and happy this year at Ranney Ranch. On July 9 and 10, a dedicated team of friends and family gathered to vaccinate and brand. Clouds threatened, but managed to provide perfect…

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.

May 29th Marketing and Grazing Practices to Survive Drought

An HMI Open Gate Workshop @ the Ranch Our Ranney Ranch Day is part of HMI’s Open Gate Learning Series.Open Gates are peer-to-peer action-based learning days with short presentations and small group exercises geared for participants to share discoveries and management techniques with guidance from…

Water Harvesting

We contracted with Steve Carson of Rangeland Hands to redesign our ranch roads with the goal of capturing runoff and throwing it back onto our pastures.

Putting Grasslands to Work

This past summer, I had the good fortune (and the accumulated American Airline miles) to attend the Savory Institute annual conference in London.