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RBR Explorers (age 5) enjoying the creek!

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Summer classes are in full swing at the Ranch, and we're doing our best to have fun in the heat.

Why Do You Farm?

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I was just signing up to join a web community of young farmers and was asked on the survey, Why do you farm?  Those four little words really got me thinking, and here's what popped out!


Utilizing Our Local Ingredients: Embracing Fat

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At ACES’ Rock Bottom Ranch, live remarkably happy and healthy pigs. They spend their days wallowing in baths of cool mud or grazing in the pastures. They are given respect and attention by the steady flow of staff and visitors that frequent their domain, and used as educational tools to demonstrate to the public the importance of preserving heritage breed pigs.


The Mind of Big Willy

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As we hear reiterated at many a ranch educational program, fall is a time of harvest. We collect apples from trees, pumpkins from the vine, dig potatoes and carrots, and so forth. On our field programs, students join in for cider pressing. They take turns spinning the crank of the apple-crusher, and all sing the song: “This the way we crush our apples, on an autumn day.” Next we turn the topmost crank, and the press mashes the fruits.. “This is the way we press our apples...” And the sweet cider oozes out. Meanwhile, a 600-pound beast watches.


Small and Savage

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Napoleon the Rooster

Among the egg-laying hens, there lives a one-pound rooster with 100 pounds of testosterone.  He has become known as Napoleon, for want of a better name.  Rarely does five minutes pass without the little bantam unleashing his high and squawking crow. The full-size chickens, turkeys, and peacock are like giants next to him.  Nonetheless, Napoleon walks with the pride of a king.


Goat Families and Inherited Traits, Apollo seeks a home

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Rock Bottom Ranch staff make regular visits to Basalt and Crystal River Elementary Schools, to teach our famous programs.  Currently, I contribute by designing fourth grade lessons.  Our education programs are designed to meet life and earth science curriculum standards, with a special focus on ecology and the environment.  Additionally, it has been a goal of mine to integrate our classroom programs more closely to the ranch and sustainable agriculture.  I have also wanted to bring more art and cartooning into our card, as those are areas in which I have special training


Indian Summer

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Rock Bottom Ranch Lake

Its Indian Summer here at Rock Bottom Ranch, and the weather has been beautiful! Harvest is definitely in full swing! The garden has been cranking out green beans and squash, and the pasture has been fattening our final batch of meat birds.

 


Freedom Rangers in the Land of Dragons

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Freedom Rangers

Rock Bottom Ranch is featured in the fall issue of Edible Aspen Magazine!


Herdin' Pigs at RBR!

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As the summer winds down at Rock Bottom Ranch, the number of families traipsing through the ranch dwindles, fewer and fewer chickens dot the fields, and the prolific growth of the pastures slows.


RBR News | March 23, 2017

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Around the Ranch – 

Lambing season is one of the first signs of spring at the Ranch and a cue that warmer days are on their way. Yet spring in the Roaring Fork Valley can be unpredictable. We had a few weeks of warm weather in February and then, in an instant, our first lamb was born on a below-freezing morning under a blanket of fresh snow. 


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