The Stewardship Ranch is 700 acres adjacent to the Kerr Center office, located just south of Poteau in southeastern Oklahoma. It is a portion of the 4000 acre Kerr Ranch, established by Senator Robert S. Kerr in the 1950s.
For more than twenty years, beef cattle have been raised on the ranch using management intensive grazing methods that sustain the grass and soil. A small herd of Pineywoods Cattle, a heritage breed, graze near the office, while cattle particularly suited to the region (Angus-Gelbvieh cross) graze other areas of the ranch.
The Kerr Center uses one area of the Stewardship Ranch for horticulture projects. In 2008, Kerr Center entered a new era of horticultural work on the Stewardship Ranch that includes more in-depth work with organic growing methods and evaluations of heritage crop varieties.
Throughout the Kerr Ranch, best management practices have been implemented to protect riparian areas (streams and ponds). Also ongoing are agroforestry projects and education about native pollinators.
The Eight Areas of Sustainability guide farm management decisions.
In 2000, the Kerr Center and the Stewardship Ranch won a Merit Award from the Soil and Water Conservation Society for protection of riparian areas on the Stewardship Ranch and for educating landowners about protecting their water and soil.
Director of Ranch Operations & Natural Resources
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