The next generation of farming? A millennial takes the mantle

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The next generation of farming? A millennial takes the mantle

Mancos ranchers urge aging farmers to partner with youths
Patricia and Jack Burk moved to Mancos from California around the turn of the century, after retiring from their jobs as educators.
Dustin Stein now serves as the ranch manager for Stubborn Farm and Burk Beef.
Jack Burk, Patricia Burk and Dustin Stein make up the Stubborn Farm and Burk Beef team in Mancos.
Patricia and Jack Burk pointed to many benefits of having Dustin Stein take over management of their ranch, one of which being that they “gained a son,” they said.
Patricia and Jack Burk realized around 2010 that they needed someone to help manage their land if they hoped to keep Burk Beef in operation. They found Dustin Stein to take the job in 2012.
Jack Burk grew up raising cattle on a farm in Monte Vista. It wasn’t long into retirement that he realized he missed the cattle, leading to the formation of Burk Beef.
Some Angus bulls at the Burks’ ranch test their strength on a snowy Mancos morning.
Stubborn Farm and Burk Beef is just off U.S. Highway 160, along County Road H. Despite living and working in California for years, Patricia Burk hoped to return to her family’s ranch in Mancos.
At a Jan. 24 presentation at the Mancos Public Library, rancher Jack Burk talks about his partnership with younger farmer Dustin Stein. Burk hopes to encourage the older generation to follow his model.
Patricia Burk talks about her own roots in Mancos at a presentation she and her husband gave at the Mancos Public Library on Jan. 24.

The next generation of farming? A millennial takes the mantle

Patricia and Jack Burk moved to Mancos from California around the turn of the century, after retiring from their jobs as educators.
Dustin Stein now serves as the ranch manager for Stubborn Farm and Burk Beef.
Jack Burk, Patricia Burk and Dustin Stein make up the Stubborn Farm and Burk Beef team in Mancos.
Patricia and Jack Burk pointed to many benefits of having Dustin Stein take over management of their ranch, one of which being that they “gained a son,” they said.
Patricia and Jack Burk realized around 2010 that they needed someone to help manage their land if they hoped to keep Burk Beef in operation. They found Dustin Stein to take the job in 2012.
Jack Burk grew up raising cattle on a farm in Monte Vista. It wasn’t long into retirement that he realized he missed the cattle, leading to the formation of Burk Beef.
Some Angus bulls at the Burks’ ranch test their strength on a snowy Mancos morning.
Stubborn Farm and Burk Beef is just off U.S. Highway 160, along County Road H. Despite living and working in California for years, Patricia Burk hoped to return to her family’s ranch in Mancos.
At a Jan. 24 presentation at the Mancos Public Library, rancher Jack Burk talks about his partnership with younger farmer Dustin Stein. Burk hopes to encourage the older generation to follow his model.
Patricia Burk talks about her own roots in Mancos at a presentation she and her husband gave at the Mancos Public Library on Jan. 24.
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