Navajo interns on the Ladder Ranch

19 Aug
Navajo interns on the Ladder Ranch

Last June, Pat and I visited the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry (NAPI) farming operations near Farmington, New Mexico.  The farm was established by the Navajo Nation to grow crops using water supplied by the Navajo Dam.  NAPI boasts the largest contiguous farmland in the nation., with about 70,000 acres currently in production, and another 40,000 to be developed in the next couple of years.   Their  Navajo Pride brand includes potatoes, corn, alfalfa, beans, and small grains, such as barley, wheat and oats.

While we were there, the farm manager Tsosie Lewis asked us if we would host interns later in the summer.  NAPI sponsors scholar interns and summer interns who are students and

are part of the Navajo Nation.  The scholar interns receive a college education and in turn work on the farm for a period of time.

Three young ladies, Alexandra, Shantel and Leticia came and visited our ranching operation.  They visited sheep camps, helped move cattle and toured various parts of the ranch.  We really enjoyed having them, and were glad to have a chance to repay the hospitality we had received.

Leticia, Siobhan and McCoy, ready to ride

Shantel, Alex and Leticia, mounted

Siobhan and Leticia–look-alikes with boots, jeans, red shirts, baseball caps and long ponytails

Alex relaxing on Daisy

15 heifers and a cow

Shantel on Coco

Eamon said he had never had so much help!

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Posted by on August 19, 2012 in Cattle, Events, Family, Folks, Folks who help us out


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One response to “Navajo interns on the Ladder Ranch

  1. Donovan Carlisle

    July 22, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    thanks for hosting my daughter Alexandra during the time they spent with you all last summer. I continue to encourage her as she pursues her dgreee this fall as she will be grduating with an animal science degree fro mNMSU Las Cruces NM. Nice ranch and beautiful people.


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