Tales & Traditions: MRG Ranch- Chandler, OK

Hey ya'll! I am so so excited to be making this post. This is the first in my series 'Tales and Traditions.' A project that I am super passionate about and am so pumped to finally launch with you guys. For those of you that aren't familiar with this- here's the gist.

Throughout the year I will be visiting farms and ranches in the four-state area; Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. I will be photo-journaling my visits as well as conducting interviews with the producers. From those interviews I will be writing feature stories. And guess what?! I will be using a compilation of those stories and photos to create a coffee table book that will be offered for sale!! // Whoa- I can't believe I just typed those words. // 

My goals are to, first and foremost, educate as well as shine light on the folks that have deeply rooted traditions in the agriculture industry. I believe it's important to understand the traditions, history and hardwork that goes into producing for the ever-growing population as well as the family operations that make it happen.  

This project began with the start of the new year and will continue throughout the year. My goal is to have the book completed and ready for purchase before Christmas. 

I am so passionate about this project and I hope you'll join me on the wild ride.

One of my first visits was to a really neat operation in Chandler, Oklahoma..

Take a look into the MRG Ranch here: 

"As a child, Ruth Ann traveled across the country with her family so that her father, a sharecropper, could find work.  

“We didn’t have a vehicle; we went everywhere horseback or in a horse drawn buggy but the buggy was too slow for dad so we always went horseback across the country. Mother took my older sister and younger brother and they rode with her. I rode with dad. His horse was always a little bit wild,” said Carter. 

Starting in her early years, Ruth Ann became intimately acquainted with hard work. While most would remember a childhood filled with work as less-than-idyllic, Ruth Ann fondly remembers the time she spent working alongside her family.  

“When I was five, we moved in with my grandmother and the year I graduated from high school my parents bought their place. My brother still has that farm. It’s within 2 years of being a centennial farm,” said Carter.

Ruth Ann's grandson, Ryan Mileham, is proud to be able to look back on his family history and see they have the same tenacity today that they had years ago. 

“You don’t quit, you don’t give up. You get up, do your job. You find a way,” said Mileham.

Understanding that the industry is dwindling as the years go on, Ryan is proud to keep the traditions alive.  

“Being an agriculturalist means the world to me. It’s my livelihood. I wake up every morning and look forward to doing it. Sure, you’re going to have days when it’s not exciting or you’re going to have days when you don’t want to go bust ice when it’s five degrees outside or haul hay in the summer but then you see the calves born in the spring and fall it makes it all worth it,” said Mileham." 

 

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 // Miss Ruth Ann Carter //

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Read the full story and see ALL of the never before seen photos in my upcoming book 'Tales and Traditions: the Steadfast Faces of Agriculture.' Details on the release date and how to purchase will be announced as soon as possible. 

Be on the look out for more excerpts and photos coming soon! 

Love and hugs, 

BC

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