The best part of farming is waking up in the morning and knowing that I'm doing the right thing.
Rockside Ranch helped me know what to do in life and how to hold a job. In the company of others you can learn a lot, both in mistakes and in triumph.
I'm more joyful in whatever I'm doing. I am no longer bound by fear.
I've grown in ways that I didn't think were possible. I'm starting to see that now I can accomplish things that I didn't think I could do before.
I've grown closer to Jesus by taking the time to read His word and applying it in my life without all the distractions.
It brought me back to reality in my faith. Without Rockside Ranch I'd still be searching for the truth of what's right and wrong and who I am.
Farming is our workshop for learning. Caring for animals fosters responsibility and compassion. Embracing the daily routine of the farm builds work ethic, teaches job skills, and allows us to faithfully and selflessly serve others. You’ll learn the lessons of the farm and graduate with critical skills and experience in these areas:
Personal: learn life skills, home economics and money management
Professional: build job skills, work ethic, and teamwork
Relational: improve relationships with friends, family, and co-workers
Spiritual: learn to love God and love others
What’s Next? While at Rockside Ranch, you’ll always be looking toward the future and making plans for when you graduate. You’ll create an achievable action-plan for your life after Rockside. You will learn about yourself and be guided through a process that will help you understand your gifts, talents, and interests. We will help you choose between starting a job or going to school and ensure that you have a clear path toward achieving your goals. Your action-plan will include:
Employment: how to pay your bills, give to others, and save for a rainy day
Housing: where and with whom you will live
Transportation: how to get to work or school
Education: what certificates, degrees, or training you will need
Service: how you’ll make your community a better place