Pie Ranch Interim

My Experience

My time at Pie Ranch was an unforgettable experience that will undoubtedly stay with me forever. While you only get two showers, you get to explore more than just human grossness. It has given me the chance to create new friendships and strengthen old ones; both with students and teachers. Throughout the day we fed chickens, goats, and Jolene the cow. We also worked in the greenhouse, weeded, and harvested fruits and vegetables. We were given the chance to prepare yummy homemade meals with organic fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy produced at Pie Ranch. Some of my favorite meals were the savory chicken tacos, the handmade vegetarian spring rolls with savory peanut sauce, a variety of pizzas, and baked goods like scones, biscuits, pumpkin bread, corn bread, bread pudding, challah bread, and yummy lemon pie with vanilla ice cream.

While doing chores was fun, the most enjoyable times were when we as an interim could chill together. For example, at nighttime, we roasted marshmallows in a campfire and made smores while singing and playing music. We also played numerous card games and played nighttime hide and seek. However, the fun needs to stop at some point and we all, sadly, had to be in bed by ten o’clock pm. So if you are considering Pie Ranch, you will have a great time with Ms. Hughes and Ms. Ambrose as your teachers; they will make the whole entire experience so much more fun. If given the chance to go, take the opportunity because you won’t regret any minute of it.

Needed Mindset

  1. Don’t be afraid to get dirty
  2. Try new things
  3. Work Hard
  4. Respect Everyone
  5. Meet new people
  6. Have Fun!


  1. Bring lots of blankets
  2. Have a good flashlight
  3. Watch for poison oak
  4. Wear lots of layers
  5. Bring a sleeping pad
  6. Travel light

Facts about Pie Ranch

  • Called Pie Ranch because the ranch is shaped like a pie and pie ingredients are grown there
  • Non-profit organization
  • Located in Pescadero CA

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