February 7, 2018
Nick Baefsky started an apprenticeship on Chico Basin Ranch six years ago, in the fall of 2012. Today he and his wife Amy, another Ranchlands apprenticeship graduate, manage a ranch in New Mexico with the help of three young interns and apprentices. They fix old generators, prop up fences, uncover and splice lines of ancient poly pipe. They gather big brushy pastures by waiting until late in the day when the cows come into water. They keep lists of the vehicles, generators and equipment that needs to be repaired, the pastures that need to be prepared for cattle, the pipeline leaks that need to be fixed. They keep precipitation records and grazing charts that they use to estimate how they’ll move the cattle herds across the ranch through the year.
August 21, 2017
The soil tells a story, and if you read it carefully, your signature on the land becomes clear.
March 23, 2017
My favourite photographs are the ones that manage to get the Chico as it really is: a huge, rolling expanse of yellow-brown prairie, freckled with cholla, and ringed by a faraway line of mountains.
March 22, 2017
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 …
March 13, 2017
“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.”
February 6, 2017
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
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 17, 2017
I had never truly experienced the sound of silence in its purest form until I came to the Chico.
January 12, 2017
I think it was the creek that did it, or more specifically the ragged wall of half-dead, flash-flooded trees that bordered it.
November 30, 2016
Ranchlands film and photography intern, Lucy Maude, describes her first few weeks with Ranchlands and the contrasts from her former life in the city.
I’m sure we’re all aware of, or can take a good guess at, the narrative of Making Sacrifices and Understanding Hard Work that comes with interning on a working cattle ranch. Five o’clock wake ups! Manual labour! Cold! Spending an hour digging a motorbike out of a ditch you ran it into! No Starbucks! It’s a tale as …