We’re a group multicultural group of female ranchers in Western Washington who seek to leave the land we use in better condition than we find it. In that same spirit, we also seek to “feed” and empower women to develop their own voices so that more of us can be represented in this world. Located in Snohomish, Washington, we are in the process of getting our farm up and running. Our equine programs are in operation late Spring, Summer and Fall!
Healing with Horses: Individual and Group Equine-Assisted Coaching
The one thing we all have in common is that we love horses. We’ve all grown up riding and using horses in ranch work for decades. Horses are useful in so many ways, because of this, we designed classes that help women learn to better communicate with themselves and with others through the use of horses. Horses are fantastic teachers for women on how to create dialogues with themselves so that they can learn to start larger, deeper conversations with others in the world. Learn how we do it.
Grace, Grit and Wit Heritage Pork, Goat & Poultry
I began to learn about how my food was grown and meat was produced four years ago. The journey led to the creation of this very women’s collective of ranchers. In 2021, we are partnering with Feral Woman Farm in Duvall, Washington, to offer a heritage meat CSA for women in the Seattle area. We’ll be offering heritage breed pork (Duroc/Berkshire cross), poultry and goat. We'll be expanding this once our own farm in Snohomish is up and running.
More About Our Horses
Currently the horse ranch has two horses, Emilia's Weeping Willow (Mia) and Shootem' Up Cadie Mae (Cadie aka Ms. Salty). We have also partnered other female horse owners to extend our program if need be. Before a horse can be used in our program, we assess their behavior, work with vets and farriers to ensure the horses are physically healthy, they spend three to six months with Victoria Barajas and myself being trained for the work we do, and I personally make sure they are mentally sound and ready to interact with clients.
When it comes to horse training, we don't subscribe to a training method or practice. Many of them are based on domination no matter how "natural" they are said to be. Instead, we believe in creating partnerships and intuitive connections with our horses. When it comes to the mind and the energetic connection between the horse and rider, I personally follow the principles of brain-based horsemanship set forth by neuroscientist, Janet L. Jones, PhD. We never work a horse to a timeframe we set, the horse sets the timeframe it works in. After all, if you listen to them, the horse will let you know when it's ready for something and we go at their pace. Horses who are safe and sane are our top priority.
How We Raise Our Animals
When it comes to how we raise the meat. We’re experts in breeding, raising and processing some of the highest quality, locally raised meat available. Sustainability and land stewardship are at the heart of all our production efforts. Our animals have access to multiple acres of land; both open grass pasture, as well as forested land. They are allowed to move freely and we regularly rotate their locations so that our land is overgrazed or over taxed by having them on it.
No matter where they’re located, they also have ample access to food and shelter, as well as being protected by the best guardian dogs available. In terms of feed, if they aren’t eating what’s growing naturally, we supplement with locally milled grains, human-grade produce (fruit, vegetable)and organic whey to supplement their diets (and no, we don’t shove commercial food or soy down their throats - though they can eat these things w/o harm to their health). If you want to see it for yourself, we offer classes and can arrange tours. Simply send us an email!
We Welcome Everyone
We believe Black Lives Matter and are an LGBTQA+ ranch. We aim to be actively anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and have a zero tolerance policy for discrimination. We will only work people who shares these values.
We’ve taught ourselves to stay safe and small. When we try and step outside of that and go big, there’s a lot of discomfort, fear and pain. If we’re willing to move through it, that how we know it’s the right path.
–– Macala Wright & Kecia Lee