Julie Sullivan is a rancher, ecologist, and mentor who manages the San Juan Ranch with her husband George Whitten and rotating team of star apprentices.

Most days these warming weeks of late spring the new pup, Huckleberry, and I walk to the Owl Trees near the southeast border of our home meadows.

I’ve always doted on the calves, but this year I realize that I am in love with the Motherherd. I love the Mother words: Motherlove, Mothergod, Acequia Madre. Written as