WHAT ZAPATA MEANS TO ME

Some ranch days I might spend observing big bustling cattle brandings or the intimate happenstance of a wrangler working her project pony, sneaking in a quick and blissful bareback ride.

A SENSE OF PLACE

Early on a spring morning, well after the dawn chorus of birds has pronounced the day’s arrival, we gather under the cottonwoods to prepare for daily bird banding. The sun...

THE GRASSBANK

I’m a former Sierra Club environmentalist who became a dues-paying member of the New Mexico Cattlegrowers’ Association. It was a surprise to me too.

LOS POBLANOS: A FAMILY FARM

A highly diversified program that grows everything from lavender to roses and pumpkins to green beans, the farm itself is at the heart of a whole ecosystem of complementary businesses...

WHAT A RANCHER KNOWS

A rancher knowswhat it’s like to wake before dawn-day-lightbefore even the creaks in the failingwood floors speak…

LEARNING TO BE AN EXPERT

A learning environment, though at times trying, especially in a professional setting where we are trying to be economical with time and money, should be a vibrant and healthy place...

MASTERY

I never got to learn from my maternal great grandmother how too cook or how to harvest food from the wild, I never got to learn from my paternal great...

JANUARY READING LIST: SIX BOOKS ON EXPERTISE

These books are written by or about individuals who are the very best at what they do. From catching a world-record tarpon to taming the wildness of your own mind,...

PLANTING A SIMPLE DYE GARDEN

Growing a dye plant not only gives you the source of color and a connection with the land, but natural dyes have some inherent advantages over chemical dyes, which have...

THE ROLE OF NOSTALGIA IN ART

Tricky thing, nostalgia. In life in general, but in art specifically. It can be both positive and negative, empowering and limiting. It can connect us to beloved traditions, subjects, genres...

IN PURSUIT OF RADICAL JOY

Time stopped, we say, in moments of great joy or sorrow, but don’t we really mean that a moment of time imprinted itself on us, left its mark on us...

DECEMBER READING LIST: FIVE BOOKS ON TIME

From paddling a wild river in as little time as possible to photographing a rugged landscape one fraction of a second at a time, a few books whose stories are...

ZAPATA’S ORCHESTRA

In southern Colorado, there are two canyons in the Sangre De Cristo mountains where the wind pushes sand beneath them in such an intense and persistent manner that great dunes...

Q&A with Meljo Made Embroidery

Melanie Jorden of Meljo Made Embroidery, one of the handmade makers featured in our shop, on meditative stitching, sourcing quality materials, and finding creative inspiration from our ranches. How did...

FINDING RHYTHM BETWEEN LIFE FORMS

One of a foal’s earliest, foundational moments is learning the pleasure, comfort, and safety that comes from being in time and and in step with another being — his mother....

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