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Ranching is not only a job, it’s a way of life that connects people to the land, both physically and spiritually.

March 22, 2017

First Weeks

So far I have only completed two weeks of work here on the Chico, however in that time I have learned a lot. That first week was a crash course in everything that you could think of when it comes to ranch life. Growing up, I had been around ranching but nothing as intensive as this. I learned the location of everything on the ranch, what my duties were, and much more. Getting acquainted with my surroundings and the people

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March 13, 2017

Ranchhands: Laura Mowery

“I came in and I was like, ‘Yeah, I’ve been working on a farm and I’ve been riding my whole life, I’ve got some experience. This is gonna be great, I can totally do this!’ And I came in and it like knocked me down a peg, so fast.”

March 7, 2017

Wilder Bison Works

Our bison threatened to stampede through the North Dakota pipeline demonstration during the fall roundup.

February 24, 2017

Wild Cows

For the sisters that got away.

You live in the hills, and parks,
And in the draws which best hold you hidden.
The sharp rocks are your friends…

A poem by Duke Phillips.

February 13, 2017

Welcome to the North Country

In the buffalo pasture, there are many places where the fences are drifted over and the buffalo have taken this opportunity to walk right over them and head south for the winter.

February 6, 2017

On the Ground

By the time I graduated and left the academic world behind, I felt as though had I gained little ground in the reality of what I had spent so much time trying to understand. I left wanting to work on a ranch.

February 3, 2017

Prairie Winter

Even during winter, when the rest of the prairie falls dormant, days grow shorter, and animals retreat into their winter dens, the ranchers’ work doesn’t slow.

January 29, 2017

Sandhill Crane Migration

Every spring and fall, Sandhill Cranes stop over on the Medano-Zapata Ranch during their annual migration.

Photos by Matthew DeLorme and Madeline Jorden

January 17, 2017

The Sound of Silence

I had never truly experienced the sound of silence in its purest form until I came to the Chico.

January 12, 2017

Transitioning

I think it was the creek that did it, or more specifically the ragged wall of half-dead, flash-flooded trees that bordered it.