Roots of Resilience

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Beth Robinette, forth-generation rancher at the Lazy R Ranch in Cheney, WA, is one of our instructor-mentors at Cowgirl Camp.

Support the Next Generation of Ranchers

Donate to Roots of Resilience Cowgirl Camp

As you probably know, the current generation of ranchers and farmers is aging. The average age of farmers was 58 in 2012 and is rising about 4% each year. Where will new farmers and ranchers come from? Who will be the next generation to steward our farm and ranch lands and raise our food?

By supporting The New Cowgirl Camp, you can help ensure we will have a next generation of ranchers to steward our farm lands and ranch lands and raise our food. Without your support, we will not be able to start this urgently-needed program. With your support, the next generation of ranch women will start their training this summer.

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The New Cowgirl Camp Will Teach the Next Generation of Ranch Women

The New Cowgirl Camp is a five-day intensive course for forward-thinking women who are interested in becoming farmers and ranchers. Women at Cowgirl Camp will learn new skills and discover a holistic approach to farming, life, and land management.

The first camp will be held at the Lazy R Ranch near Spokane, WA, August 28 through September 1, 2017.

Why Do We Need New Cowgirl Camp?

Women who want to be farmers often don’t have the skills or experience to get started. There is good demand for agriculture workers. But it is hard to find people with skills and up-to-date training to fill the job. It can be hard to enter the field if you did not grow up on a farm or ranch.

Cowgirl Camp and our followup training will provide women with basic ranching skills. This program will also help people prepare to buy, transition into, or create their own farm business. Many retiring farmers would like to find someone qualified to take over their farm. We will train our program participants for these transition opportunities.

The New Cowgirl Camp Program

We will train and empower woman to become farmers and ranchers through the hands-on teaching of basic farm skills, farm business knowledge, consensus-building, and leadership through a holistic perspective.

The curriculum for Cowgirl Camp will include:

  • Basic farm skills, fencing, and facilities
  • Animal husbandry and low-stress animal handling techniques
  • Basic equestrian skills
  • Managing the farm or ranch for resilience
  • Relationship building
  • Farm business management
  • Leadership and creating positive change
  • Working in the field of agriculture and seeking opportunities

After the intensive five-day retreat, camp participants will receive follow-up mentoring from the camp instructors.

Cowgirl Camp Instructors

This retreat-style hands-on camp will be led by Sandra Matheson, DVM, and Beth Robinette, MA–Sustainable Business. Sandra and Beth are life-long ranchers and ranch owners, entrepreneurs, and accredited professionals.

We Need Your Support Now

The New Cowgirl Camp Starts This August

Plans are already underway for the first New Cowgirl Camp. Your donation now will keep the camp affordable for participants. It will allow us to plan and promote the camp so we can start training the next generation of cowgirls.

Without your support, we will not be able to reach potential new cowgirls and provide this urgently-needed training. With your support, the next generation of ranch women will be on their way to successful ranching careers this summer.

We plan to expand this program in 2018 to train more new cowgirls and cowboys. Your support will get our New Cowgirl and Cowboy program off to a great start.

Levels of Support

$2000—Cowgirl’s Hero Camp Sponsorship—become a premier camp sponsor
$1000—How ’Bout Them Cowgirls Camp Sponsorship—cover the cost of one cowgirl attending camp
$750—Cowgirl Camp Scholarship Sponsorship—provide a camp scholarship for one cowgirl
$500—Cowgirl Camp Lead Supporter—provide training materials for New Cowgirl Camp
$250—Cowgirl Campfire Circle—provide mentoring after the camp retreat week
$100—Friend of Cowgirl Camp—support hands-on training activities
$50—New Cowgirl Chuckwagon Team—cowgirls need to keep up their strength. Make sure cowgirls get good chow at camp.

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Prefer to donate by check?

Mail your check, made out to Roots of Resilience, to:

Roots of Resilience New Cowgirl Camp
c/o Doug Warnock, Treasurer
6684 E Highway 124
Prescott, WA 99348-9681

Thank you for your support! We can’t make The New Cowgirl Camp happen without you.

Roots of Resilience, Prescott, WA, is a 501(c)(3) organization, EIN 46-4181977. Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. We are registered with the Washington State Secretary of State’s office under the Charitable Solicitation Act, registration no. 39190. Additional info is available at the Charities Program, 1-800-332-4483 or We are registered as a charity with the State of Oregon, registration no. 107006199.