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Now Accepting Applications- January Intake of Applied Sustainable Ranching


On January 22 the third cohort of the Applied Sustainable Ranching program is set to start.  The Thompson Rivers University Admissions Office at the Williams Lake Campus is now accepting applications for the program. For further information about the program, contact Program Director, Gillian Watt at: 250 319 2367

You can find program information here: TRU

There are many entrance awards available for students beginning their courses.

Two significant awards available are the Bill Freding Memorial Award and the Cariboo GM Chevrolet 4-H Award. Information about these awards can be found on our awards page.

Further information is available about the TRU Grit awards and the TRU General awards.

Apply now to reserve your spot.

Opportunity at the Grant Ranch – Val Marie Saskatchewan

Opportunity at the Grant Ranch

The Grant Ranch, located in south west Saskatchewan at Val Marie is looking for a person with a passion for grass and cattle to fill a herdsman position that they have open.

The ideal person would be able to evolve into a decision making role in managing our 1200 cows, 1500 grassers, 30,000ac grazing land.

Find out more about the Grant Ranch at:

If you or a person you know would be interested and qualified for this position, feel free contact the Grant family, Lynn or Sherri at: or contact them at 306 298-2268

Meet The Hosts- Spray Creek Ranch

Meet Tristan & Aubyn Banwell from Spray Creek Ranch- Our Newest Hosts!


Spray Creek Ranch is a small cow-calf operation near Lillooet. They have 50 cows currently on 260 acres and around 100 acres under gravity irrigation, along with a range tenure currently in non-use. Spray Creek practice management-intensive rotational grazing and are working on implementing tools from holistic management for goal-setting with business partners, who own the property.  They also raise pigs, laying hens and meat chickens on pasture.  They have a Class D slaughter facility on the farm, and are working toward becoming a Class A inspected slaughter facility with cut & wrap.

Spray Creek Ranch has several options for seasonal and year-round housing, including a renovated motorhome, a studio currently under renovation, and three extra bedrooms in the main house.

More about Tristan and Aubyn here.


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Now Accepting Applications for ASUR 1040 Applied Skills and Diversification

Starting August 1, 2017

Applications are being accepted for the Applied Sustainable Ranching Program 1040 Applied Skills and Diversification.

This is a great opportunity to start off the program and have the opportunity to see the broad enterprises that ranches and farms in the region are using for their diversification strategies.  For more information see the Thompson Rivers University Ranching Program info.

This program qualifies for student loans and there are also quite a few student awards available. To apply for the TRU Grit awards see our blog post and apply today!


Latest Adventures of the Ranching Program- Melamen/Medicinal Plants

Cecelia managed to find one ripe berry!

Now in our second cohort, students got the opportunity to meet our local elder Cecelia De Rose who instructs us in traditional plant uses. Cecilia is a member of Esketemc First Nation and a long-time Secwepemcstin language teacher. Cecilia is an Elder advisor to our Applied Sustainable Ranching program for our Medicinal Plants module.

Our first and second cohort of students can also testify that Cecelia is also an expert “Indian Ice Cream” maker and Medicinal Plant Guide.  She also has a fantastic sense of humour and she KNOWS A LOT about many things.

Soopolallie/Soapberries or sometimes known as Buffalo Berries- made into “Indian Ice-Cream”

Last week we had the delight to have her in the classroom teaching students how to make Indian Ice-cream out of Soopolallie/Soapberries or sometimes known as Buffalo Berries.

Cecelia teaches Ranching Students about Medicines

Cecelia gave a presentation in class about the medicines in our area and brought examples of each to show students.

After lunch students and guests went on a Plant ID Walk close to Williams Lake. This year Cecelia points out, the soap berries are late- they weren’t ripe yet.

But we did manage to find and identify many other plants! Full Photo album here.

It is important for ranchers and students to understand the role of certain medicinal and food crops that are indigenous to the area and to create a relationship with these plants and understand their importance in the eco system and their roles in traditional indigenous life.

Cecelia was the perfect guide and we can’t wait to for next year’s plant walk!