Submitted by ACES Educator on Thu, 06/28/2012 - 16:12
Submitted by Ranch Staff on Mon, 01/23/2012 - 21:40
Submitted by Ranch Staff on Thu, 01/05/2012 - 13:41
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.
Submitted by Ranch Staff on Sun, 11/20/2011 - 19:55
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.
Submitted by Ranch Staff on Tue, 10/25/2011 - 17:06
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.
Submitted by Ranch Staff on Thu, 10/06/2011 - 16:45
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
Submitted by Ranch Staff on Thu, 10/06/2011 - 16:10
Submitted by Ranch Staff on Mon, 09/19/2011 - 04:23
Rock Bottom Ranch is featured in the fall issue of Edible Aspen Magazine!
Submitted by Ranch Staff on Fri, 09/16/2011 - 19:23
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.
Submitted by Ranch Staff on Thu, 03/23/2017 - 08:01
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.