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Roots of Resilience will host its twelfth New Cowgirl Camp at the Lazy R Ranch in Cheney, WA, from August 21-25, 2023. This five-day, in-person course is an immersive experience for women and girls that combines classroom and hands-on learning in managing ecosystems with livestock. Beginning farmers, ranchers, and those exploring a career in regenerative agriculture, will find the workshop a valuable opportunity to learn about current, science-based management practices that will put their future farm or ranch business on sustainable footing.

During the five-day workshop, students will explore the basics of grazing planning, ecosystem monitoring, low-stress livestock handling, and veterinary medicine with a celebratory, supportive group of women. Attendees will walk away with a handle on what kind of future they are managing towards and how to take the next steps to achieve their farming and ranching goals.

“When I decided to attend New Cowgirl Camp, I didn't know what to expect, but I assumed I would get practical tools and tips that I needed for the future ranching endeavors I sought to pursue on our land,” says Kate Gundry, a Camp alumna. “What an underestimation that was. What I ended up being exposed to was a reverence for land and animal and plant life that I didn't even know was possible, or know that I needed to identify in my own heart.”

Instructors for the course include Beth Robinette, a fourth-generation rancher and certified Holistic Management educator, and Dr. Sandra Matheson, a farmer, educator, filmmaker, author, speaker, and retired veterinarian. Robinette raises grassfed beef and lamb, with her father, Maurice, at the Lazy R Ranch and is also the co-founder of LINC Foods, a worker-farmer-owned cooperative food hub based in Spokane, WA. Matheson lives and ranches in Bellingham, WA, where she runs a cow-calf operation and grassfed beef and yak business. Matheson is also a Certified Educator and Accredited Consultant/Field Professional in Holistic Management.

“We cover a lot of content at New Cowgirl Camp, and the days are full of lectures and hands-on learning,” says Robinette. “But most importantly, we are building a community of people who might not necessarily fit the mold you have in your head of the typical rancher. This is a space where anyone who feels called to do this work can get their feet wet.”

Registration for New Cowgirl Camp is $1250 and includes meals and camping, with attendance limited to 15 students. A limited number of scholarships are also available Questions about the course can be directed to

Learn more about the New Cowgirl Camp and how to register here.

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About Roots for Resilience
Roots of Resilience is the product of the collaborative effort of ranchers, farmers, university and extension educators, as well as other sustainability activists. Their mission is to promote the restoration of the world’s grasslands through Holistic Management. Visit their website to learn more about their work.

About Lazy R Ranch
Lazy R Ranch is a fourth-generation family ranch nestled in the Channeled Scablands west of Spokane, WA. They raise 100% grassfed and finished beef and lamb, thoughtfully grazed with grasslands in mind. The ranch is also a learning site for Roots of Resilience. Learn more about Lazy R Ranch on their website.