Here at the Ranch, our mission to connect with our guests is just as equal to our passion with connecting with the land.
Education in land management and sustainable practices have been integrated into our business since day one. This is what brought our desire to weave permaculture principles into everyday influences on the Ranch. After certification and extensive studies, we were proud to host a Permaculture Design Course back in 2014, which sparked a wave of new thought processes.
The desire to expand permaculture and sustainability into our business design always continues to grow.
Through conservation projects with Trout Unlimited and Craig Sponholtz, we represent our commitment to protecting and conserving water resources through several restoration projects, helping to enrich and rejuvenate the land and its resources, all while repopulating wildlife.
Through even the smallest forms of efficiency, such as solar showers, greenhouses, gardening and foraging whenever possible for our restaurant, Sweetwater Kitchen, we are able to help support and co-exist with the land and keep it rejuvenated. We value the protection of our watershed by adhering to a strict usage of biodegradable products, from cleaning supplies to amenities provided for guests, we continue to strive to give our guests the best possible stay, while leaving as little negative impact on the land that we love.
Our beloved chickens and ducks are a part of our rejuvenation of the land by using rotational grazing practices with our chicken tractor. These lovely birds also provide us with 100% organic farm fresh eggs which are offered to guests through our restaurant.
Here at the ranch our focus has been to replenish the diverse biology in our soil at our Ranch’s own soil lab. Dedicated members of our team work vigorously to build organic healthy compost and compost tea for the land and the surrounding area… because it is all about the life in the soil.
Other aspects we strive for are the use of local resources found in the area from local mills to flagstone we harvest from our own land. Our hand-made furniture is made exclusively from local wood – mainly harvested dead-fall – which helps maintain our area’s natural living biome by using what’s available rather than cutting down or destroying.
Lastly, we are proud to support our local and regional spokespeople and teachers through workshops such as Permaculture Design Course, Life In The Soil and Wild Edible Weeds workshop. From years past as well as the upcoming season, we are confident our zest for natural living and permaculture will only continue to inspire through our upcoming workshops.
By educating all listening ears in the surrounding area, we have built a fundamental holistic lifestyle. We hope to inspire and attract guests and visitors to the benefits of bettering the land we reside in to ensure a sustainable future.
Our passion and desire to improve always keeps us moving forward.