We are so lucky to have talented instructors, directors and advisors for the Applied Sustainable Ranching program. See the article below that David Zirnhelt has written for the Williams Lake Tribune about the program. He hits all the points that make this learning experience well worth it. A common question we get from potential students is “How would I be able to do this program and keep up on the ranch?”
David’s article answers a lot of questions prospective students ask. So if your thinking about the program but hesitating because you think it might not fit into your life, you might be surprised. Read David’s article below and contact program director Jill Watt to see how this could fit into your life.
“When they are at home or placed in a ranch/farm setting they work half time for the host and do online work, half time independent study and group work. This type of learning/teaching is a wave of the future. It is called experiential learning. Combining online study with face-to-face learning is a recipe for success. The major work of the course is all geared for the completion of a business and operational plan for a ranch/farm business, although the business training itself would serve any business well. ”
See David’s full article here.
Contact Jill here:
The new year is about to start and the Applied Sustainable Ranching Program is ramping up for it’s next round of new students. Are you one of them?
See all the interesting career opportunities possible and the benefits from a program that focuses on sustainability and the environment while helping to build better communities.
Cariboo Chevrolet Buick GMC Entrance Award: Open to current 4-H members and 4-H alumni.
Application Deadline: January 15, 2017
This $5,200 award is open to current 4-H members and 4-H alumni who have been out of 4-H for up to 5 years, in the province of BC who are applying to enter the Applied Ranching Program at the TRU Williams Lake Campus. Preference will be given to members within the Cariboo Region.
Applicants will be required to submit a 300-500 word essay outlining why they want to enter the Applied Ranching program at TRU Williams Lake campus. Applicants are encouraged to provide information about themselves and outlining any work done in the 4-H program. The successful applicants will have the value of this award credited to their tuition account on a semesterized basis.
Inquiries about this award or the Applied Sustainable Ranching Program should be directed to:
Gillian Watt, Program Coordinator
The successful applicants will have the value of this award credited to their tuition account on a semesterized basis.
One $5,000 award will be awarded annually to a first year student in the Applied Sustainable Ranching program in memory of Bill Freding, a pioneer in the agriculture industry with a passion for lifelong learning and giving back to the community and industry he loved.
Bill Freding had a deep understanding and commitment to the BC beef industry and was always there to lend a hand, provide insight or attend an event. Bill was a strong supporter of developing the local markets and was on the front line when it came to trying new ideas. Bill was very patient and passionate about teaching newcomers to the industry. He was an instigator of fun, learning and innovation.
Be a student enrolled in the Applied Sustainable Ranching program at Thompson Rivers University – Williams Lake Campus
Submit an essay of three to five pages that answer the following questions:
The awards will be applied as a tuition reduction of $1,000 for full-time students and $500 for part-time students at the start of classes in the Fall 2016 semester. The remaining amount will be applied as a tuition reduction for the Winter 2017 semester.
Bill Freding Memorial Entrance Award 2017 Application
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Submit your application and essay to:
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Please enter “Bill Freding Memorial Award” as the subject line of your email.
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Students made their way to 105 Mile to visit the Sandhill Lea Ranch, home of Lorne Landry and his amazing stock dogs. Lorne holds sheep dog trails on his property and he invited students to bring their dogs out to his ranch so they could get a taste of stock dog training.
Lorne produces grass fed beef and lamb and he has working stock dogs to help him out. Lorne’s stock dogs are trained to bring the lambs out to the pasture and to bring them back in. It was truly an amazing sight to see his dogs work. Calmly,with precision the dogs can move the flock one way or another, and go bring them home! Even from a very very far distance Lorne’s dog knew what it was supposed to do and did it effectively.
Working with the instincts of these herding dogs is the key to having a successful working stock dog. I think we left this stock dog clinic with a whole new appreciation for how a dog can work at a really high level and how this could be such a beneficial relationship and function on a ranching or farming operation.
Students got a chance to bring their dogs in with the sheep to participate, and try it out. Lorne was great. I think we were all a little scared of how the dogs were going to react, but Lorne was a great instructor and within a few minutes we could see what he was trying to get the dog to do and he took control when needed to make sure the sheep were safe and that the dog knew its role.
All in all, a fantastic day with Lorne and students with the Applied Sustainable Ranching program. I know, for me- I want to get all the books he recommended and keep learning more.
This week was a busy one as we have entered full swing into the diversification section of our applied skills course in the Applied Sustainable Ranching Program here at Thompson Rivers University in Williams Lake.
For our first diversification seminar we traveled out towards Soda Creek, along the Fraser River in the Cariboo and found ourselves at Fraser Bench Farm and home of Charlie and Lynda Archibald.
Lynda’s place is incredible, and a real testament to the idea of “staying in place” -she’s been on that site for thirty years, and the establishment of her trees, and berry bushes and flowers shows it. Lynda has a successful raspberry enterprise where she grows, picks and sells fresh and frozen berries. She is a great example of diversification as she has several businesses on her farm.
Lynda has created diversification with her apple orchard with apple sales, juice sales and she creates her own apple cider vinegar product that is in high demand. She is part of the Cariboo Grower’s co-op and grows onions and early garlic for them to sell in Williams Lake. Her set-up was simple and showed that with a little creativity setting up an additional enterprise on your ranch or farm could be easily established.
We enjoyed Lynda’s farm so much, spending a lot of time learning from her, but also a lot of time sitting on her deck in the warm micro-climate, basking in the sun and flowers.
No wonder she has invested so much of her time in this beautiful place, how could you not?
Next week’s goat herding for weed control seminar has been moved from Wednesday to Monday, July 18 at 1:30 p.m. The demonstration will take place at TRU Williams Lake Campus at 1250 Western Avenue. Watch out for the goats on campus!
The TRU ranching students have been busy at week on the third module of their program, ASUR 1030 Environmentally Sustainable Ranching.
Once a week, the students come to the university to discuss their projects and assignments and participate in a field day. Last Friday, they were lucky to have Verna Miller and Brenda Walkem attend their presentations on native plants.
They were then treated to a field walk with Cecelia Derose, who showed them how to make “Indian ice cream.”
Cecelia took them berry picking, where they picked Hooshum, also known as soopolallie berries, and then proceeded to show them how to make this delicious treat.
Just another day of class for the ranching students!