This time last September, I sat in my home office back in Missoula, Montana, having a tiny panic attack. The deadline for the Fulbright National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship was three weeks away. My cluttered desk summed up the state of my application: teetering stacks of books, a fringe of Post-It Notes around my computer screen, and the trash can filled with rewrites. I thought: Why put myself through the trouble? … Continue reading Tips for Fellowship Applicants
Wildfire and livestock do not mix. Continue reading What Happens When Livestock Are in the Path of Wildfire?
Three decades in Yosemite National Park have taught Sheridan King to accept people, mules, and wilderness at more than face value. Continue reading Sheridan King: Grande Dame of Tuolomne
Lured by high-paying jobs, cowboys are taking to the oilfields, creating a shortage of labor on ranches already strained by the Bakken oil boom. Continue reading Bakken Beckons
Farmer in Washington State works with suburbanites to grow emmer, a 10,000-year-old grain. Continue reading Old World Grain, New School Farming
Wait, cowboys still exist? On a recent trip to Washington, D.C., I heard that question a lot. It surprised me a bit. I thought the average, college-educated American understood where their food comes from. Grocery stores and restaurants wouldn’t have beef without cowboys. It reminded me of a verse in the Western tune “The Rancher Feeds Us All”: Oh their work is never done, From dawn till … Continue reading National Day of the Cowboy