Your graziers learning about the medieval Spanish agricultural community of Patones de Arriba (Central Spain) and the semi-nomadic shepherding practices of the region. (Nov. 2017)

Your graziers learning about the medieval Spanish agricultural community of Patones de Arriba (Central Spain) and the semi-nomadic shepherding practices of the region. (Nov. 2017)

Who We Are

Cannon Valley Graziers are two determined young farmers, Arlo C. Hark and Josie Trople.

Arlo, born and raised in the Cannon Valley watershed, grew up roaming his family’s restored prairie and working with his family’s small flock of sheep from a young age. Josie, originally from the Northwest, has family roots in ranching. For generations, her family has tended to herds of cattle and sheep on the ranges of Montana and South Dakota. She spends hot summers in the hayfield of her family ranch in southwest Washington and has an impeccable taste for grass-fed beef.

Arlo and Josie met while attending College of the Atlantic, a small school on the coast of Maine focused on ecological systems thinking. Together they have many years of combined experience managing, rotationally grazing, and getting to know sheep, goats, cows and pigs. They believe that with a bit of creativity and a lot of hard-work, anything can happen.