Before starting my new role as the Communications Coordinator for California Rangeland Trust, I traveled three hours from my home in Visalia to attend the PT Ranch tour in Ione. The tour was part of a larger series of unique on-farm experiences offered through the Rangeland Trust’s Where Your Food Grows and Grazes program. I drove down miles of winding, country roads between open fields and through small towns. Once I reached my destination, I immediately fell in love with the views. I dearly missed the sites of livestock grazing in sprawling pastures and beautiful farmhouses nestled among these scenic open spaces that I regularly experienced before I moved to the city. Emily Taylor, Rangeland Trust Legacy Council Co-Chair, and her daughter Molly Taylor are the dynamic duo leading operations on the PT Ranch. Both welcomed the tour attendees with the utmost kindness and open arms.
The special field-to-table experience, sponsored by Raley’s, began with an introduction by Rangeland Trust’s CEO, Nita Vail. Her words explained just how crucial it is for ranches to exist. “Amador County alone has over 150,000 acres of rangeland, which is important to not only the local economy but to our social and cultural well-being as well,” said Nita. “Today, you’ll experience first-hand how these vibrant working landscapes impact all of us by offering clean air to breathe, freshwater to drink, local food to eat and beautiful viewsheds to cherish.”
Photo Credit: Wendy Aguilar