Category Archives: Agriculture

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Ranch 13: Stages of Farming Education Pt 1

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In farming, especially the farming I’ve learned to do, everyone has to start at the beginning. And the beginning is, inevitably, as lackey. A lackey helps the farmer (or at least the next-most-experienced individual on the farm) do basic tasks, … Continue reading

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Ranch 12B: Spring Works Pt 2

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When we return to the corrals, we set up our stations: Phil and his helper (whoever is going to be back there with him) set up their gates and pens; I make sure my supplies are ready for tying the … Continue reading

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Ranch 12: Spring Works Pt 1

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We’re near the end of what’s called on most ranches “Spring Works.”  It’s roughly a month of transitioning the cattle from their winter country (usually ‘low country’) to their summer pastures (‘high country’).  I presume the two seasonal locations are … Continue reading

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Ranch 11: Working with Cattle and Carrots

20 May 2014 in my bed, after drinking a large bottle of Lagunitas’ NightTime Ale To work with cattle, you must think like cattle. Similarly, to work with chickens, you must think like a chicken. For the former farmer, slow … Continue reading

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Stream of Thoughts about Moving, in the Garden

Written over the course of a few weeks, with a few minutes at a time, on the ranch, on the NAU campus, and around Flagstaff. I’m only 23. I’m young – maybe just a year or two older than the … Continue reading

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Ranch 10: Cat and Garden

Written on 13 April 2014 It’s fairly windy this morning.  Not as windy as it was the other week, with 50+ mile-per-hour winds flying off the mountain, but still windy enough now to caution me against opening the large southern … Continue reading

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Ranch 9: Understanding

Written on 11 April 2014 at Mother Road Brewery As I was tormented today with fears of unconscious, internalized ‘isms,’ I began reading a book on the very concept of compassion, humanity, and socio-personal distinctions in a society, as defined … Continue reading

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Working with Isms

I’m in a moral predicament. This morning I interviewed two fellows for the garden assistant position – basically, a post to help me out in the greenhouses when the harvest season really starts in about a month.  That season, when … Continue reading

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Ranch 8: Fire and Home

Written on 04 April 2014 Standing by the fire under the hot Arizona spring sun – well, I’m sitting now – takes me back to Israel, to Neot S’madar and hitchhiking through the desert, camping at the base of Masada … Continue reading

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Ranch 7: Evening Writing

Written 31 March 2014 It’s late in the day – nearly 1830, and the sun is setting. I haven’t been out here during sunset yet. It’s an odd feeling, sitting here amongst the plants, as if I’m a counselor going … Continue reading