Some people say we live in the middle of nowhere. We say, like nowhere on earth.
From mid May to September, we give tours to interested customers who want to see for themselves where their food comes from. We also host groups interested in the science of environmental sustainability.
The tours are any where from one person to fifty. Tours include an overview of the ranch, conversation on our regenerative ranching practices and conservation, and a Q&A time.
But everyone agrees that the best part is a ride through the buffalo herd - in one of our classy ranch vehicles or on a hay wagon.
Extras can be added, such as lunch or a charcuterie sampler served up with a little more conversation.
There is always preparation that transpires before guests arrive and depending on the size of the group determines the help needed. The whole family chips in; from cleaning vehicles, a little lawn mowing, to cleaning the toilets. The snake toilet seat is an attraction in itself, although many prefer not to actually use it!When the science enthusiasts arrive they are often accompanied by our good friend and Environment Studies Professor, Patrick McMillan from Clemson University. Or, when the French come we call our good friend and former ranch caretaker Gervase Hittle, and when lunch is requested we tap into our staff at Wild Idea or visiting interns (whose pay is lousy but they eat well). Thank you Francis and Ben!
Sometimes the stars align and the buffalo and nature really put on a show, with double rainbows and leaping baby buffalo.
Other times it is more subtle and you may catch almost the whole herd taking a rest.
Regardless, it is for many a once in a lifetime experience to get so close that you can hear them chew. There is a peacefulness and serenity to be in such a setting. It puts the world and our place in it in balance.
We always want to offer complete transparency in our ranching operation, as well as our meat production. So if find yourself out in the middle of the Great Plains and you are interested in a ranch tour reach out to daughter Jilian for more information. She can be reached at: Jilian@wildideabuffalo.com
Our sincere thanks to all of you for your interest and support in environmental and food sustainability.