Headwaters Grazing is seeking a full season commitment from a person who is interested in an immersion in community life and ranching. This operation exists in a unique, values driven, intergenerational community in Mendocino County where you will get to experience and learn many aspects of grass based livestock work on 5,000 acres. The ranch is host to numerous other projects including biodynamic farms, a therapeutic riding program, housing development, education, and more.
This opportunity begins in March and runs through November. Housing, food, and stipend are included, in addition to an intentional and structured learning experience. Housing includes a private room in a shared house with 1-2 other people in similar arrangements with other projects on the ranch. Food is provided at the community dining hall where homegrown meals are served several times per week and high end staples can be brought back to the shared kitchen. A monthly stipend of $500 is included for additional expenses.
The learning experience can be modified to meet the needs of the individual based on interests, but may include:
Rotational grazing patterns with sheep and cattle, building and deconstructing multiple types of portable electric fencing
Identifying, judging, and learning to use grazing impact on the land to meet goals like soil health, biodiversity, weed control
Increasing health of pastures and oak woodlands with seeding, planting, spreading compost, and other carbon farming techniques
Slaughtering and butchering beef and lamb
Making value added products from animals including hides, sausage, and a variety of fiber products
Irrigating pasture using K line portable sprinklers
Veterinary care and managing for optimum animal health using minimum intervention
Lambing and calving support including branding, tagging, vaccinating, castrating
Marketing and sales of animal products at local markets and online
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