Female Ranchers Are Reclaiming the American West

Female Ranchers Are Reclaiming the American West

Excerpt from NY Times article of January 11, 2019, by Amy Chozick is a New York-based writer at large for The Times. 

Beth Robinette, 31, is the fourth-generation owner and operator of the Lazy R Ranch in Cheney, Wash. She runs New Cowgirl Camp, a five-day course that trains women in animal husbandry, ranch management, financial planning, ecological monitoring, and regenerative grazing. Ms. Robinette recoils at the gaudy, country-pop version of the overly feminized cowgirl, and calls her program a “rhinestone-free zone.”

Cowgirl camp -1

New Cowgirl Camp participants listening to a lecture on pregnancy testing at the Lazy R Ranch in Cheney, Wash. Credit Amanda Lucier for The New York Times

“Our current generation of land managers is aging out of that role,” she said. “You could look at that as a disaster, or you could really look at that as an opportunity to change the paradigm.”

Cowgirl camp 2

Students at New Cowgirl Camp learn to evaluate soil and plant health. Credit Amanda Lucier for The New York Times

Link to entire New York Times article: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/11/business/women-ranchers-american-west-photo-essaythe .html