New Agrarian Program at the Conference

Meet the 2023 New Agrarian Graduates

Zach Nicholas

Knott Land and Livestock

“When it comes to the question of how I got interested in agriculture, I suppose it’s best to understand I was born into a ranching family that had very recently lost our ranch and exited the business. In that sense, I have always been interested in agriculture, because it is what shaped my family’s values, habits, traditions, and pastimes.” Read more here.

Ronit Glasgow

Sather Farm and Ranch

“Agriculture is pretty much where my interests and philosophies in life pointed me to. It definitely took me a while to get there, because I was not exposed to much agriculture as a kid.” Read more here.

Samuel Moreno

Coulter Family Ranch 

Since I was a kid I’ve always been around agriculture, from participating in my family’s olive orchard harvest to the annual pig slaughter. I always enjoyed these experiences and dreamed about becoming a farmer someday, but I didn’t know how to connect that dream with my reality. Read more here.

Ryan Koch

Barthelmess Ranch

“My journey into the agriculture field is not one that I would have expected for myself, but it has been a great adventure so far and I look forward to continuing to develop my skills to succeed in the field. I did not grow up in an agricultural family and that had never been my plan for my life.” Read more here.

Kelsey Nelson

Mannix Ranch

“The hard plastic seat of the children’s swing cupped my lanky nine-year-old legs perfectly. My fingers curled around the rough, vinyl rope that suspended the swing from the arbor. It attached just below the grape vine, that although beautiful, would come to be an abounding source of food for our Norwegian roof rat infestation.” Read more here.

Kara Stanhope

Oxbow Cattle Company

“A sense of community is so important to a meaningful life and I believe contributes the most to a purposeful life. To share ideas and beliefs with people you trust is key to feeling fulfilled.” Read more here.

Dunbar Mecklin

Veebaray Ranch

I associate meaning with work towards something greater than the individual. I believe sustainably managing the land we live on is intrinsically tied to the common good. Read more here.

Lydia Blinn

Indreland Ranch

“A balance between community, nature and self-awareness are factors that could contribute to a meaningful life. I think this apprenticeship will deepen my understanding of each topic.” Read more here.

Adison Thorp

Indreland Ranch

“A meaningful life. A small but powerful idea that myself and many others have been chasing after for most of their lifetime. For the majority of my life, I have held a curiosity for the land and the creatures living on it.” Read more here.

Lucy Zignego

Western States Ranches

“It’s hard to believe I’ve been here almost 2 months already! Days go slowly but the weeks fly by. When I arrived at Western States Ranches in early March, I was thoroughly overwhelmed.” Read more here.

Tait Rosbottom

Rafter W Ranch

I grew up in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia. I never really paid much thought to where food came from, even as I experienced working in community gardens. Read more here.

Lorianne Kincaid

The Home Ranch

“Inquiring about what contributes to forming a meaningful life will differ vastly from person to person. Even as I’ve started my journey into agriculture, the life I hope to cultivate has changed greatly from the ideas of the old city dweller I used to be.” Read more here.

Esme Wessel

Lightroot Community Farm 

There is no one thing that led me to agriculture but I have always been headed here in my roundabout way.  When I was four years old my friend and I decided that we would be getting married when we were all grown up; the only problem was that he wanted to live in New York City and I wanted to farm. Read more here.

Rachael Leitnaker

Round River Resource Management 

“A meaningful life to me at its simplest is one where I wake up everyday feeling good about the work that I am doing. Even when the work is hard, if I feel what I am doing is contributing to an even bigger and more beautiful picture, that is a meaningful life to me.” Read more here.

Joshua McKenna

Round River Resource Management

Growing up, I was told stories of the years my mom spent working ranches from horseback. The numerous adventures and exciting tales captured my imagination and it was with great pride that a three year old Joshua declared, “When I grow up, I want to be a cowboy!”  Read more here.

Cooper Dias

San Juan Ranch

“Over the past several years I have discovered a passion for rangeland ecosystems as well as grass based cattle and sheep production. For a long time I have been interested in natural resource management and conservation.” Read more here.

Zeb Siegel

Richards Ranch

Human life has been built around agriculture for thousands of years, and to this day we still remain largely an agrarian society. Much like our ancestors, my interest in agriculture was led quite literally by a gut feeling; the need for sustenance and love for food. Read more here.

Nick Eddy

Round River Resource Management

“To me, the idea conveyed in the term “regenerative agriculture”, is a practical approach to growing  food that prioritizes optimal land use over maximum land use. Its implementation requires a deep  knowledge of animals, plants, soils and the environment, and foresight to plan for the long-term benefit of the land and animals under the stewardship of the farmer or rancher.” Read more here.

Henry Harrington

Western States Ranches

I’ve always loved being outside. When I was in high school, I wanted to lead backpacking trips for a living, and, being from Austin, I lamented the lack of public land in Texas and relished the opportunities I had to explore the public lands of the West and all the raw beauty they had to offer. Read more here.

Tyler Lu

Milton Ranch

“When I first think of what land ethics is, I think about the different societies’ involvement with the land they are on. How people live, work, play and socialize with each other in their current place. “ Read more here.

Mimi Rebein

Charter Ranch

I feel my land ethic is continually changing, as I gain experiences with different landscapes and communities.  My understanding of land ethic centers on community and how we interact and treat those within that community. Read more here.

About Quivira’s New Agrarian Program

Applications for the 2024 apprentice season open Nov 1.

The New Agrarian Program (NAP) partners with skilled ranchers and farmers to offer annual apprenticeships in regenerative agriculture. Our apprentices learn from expert practitioners in full-immersion professional settings.

This program specifically targets first-career professionals with a sincere commitment to life at the intersection of conservation and regenerative agriculture.

We also seek mentors who are dedicated stewards of the land; practice intentional, regenerative methods of food or fiber production; provide excellent animal care; and are skilled and enthusiastic teachers.

“Once upon a time apprenticeship was the primary form of education available to a person, whatever the field – medicine, music, cobbler, or scholar. Not necessarily a beginner but not yet a master, an apprentice agreed to work for a specific period of time for a master craftsperson in a craft or trade, in return for instruction. An agrarian apprenticeship is a form of this age-old process whereby a learner becomes a practitioner.” – Julie Sullivan, San Juan Ranch, CO