Ranch Logo with honey bee. Copyright Rebel Ranch


Penrose Colorado
6,000 feet above sea level

Rebel Ranch Brand

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About the Ranch

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  • Ranch Owners Twila and JD designed the Ranch Logo in the top left corner of this website. JD's daughter hand-drew and finished the design. Thank you Heather, for an excellent Logo! The Honey Bee was added to the logo on the website and business cards in March 2020.
  • Our cattle brand, Rebel Ranch Brand (R E Bell) is issued by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Brand Inspection Division and spoken as, "Rebel."
  • The Colorado Department of Agriculture authorized us to use their "Colorado Proud" logo to promote food and agriculture products that are grown, raised and processed on our Colorado ranch.

  • Ranch Membership:
  • Belted Galloway Society - Life Member
    Farmer Veteran Coalition
    Colorado State Beekeepers Association
    Colorado Farm Bureau
    Colorado Market Maker
    Fremont Cattlemen's Association (Fremont County Colorado)
    Beecheck Apiary Registry
    Driftwatch, Specialty crop (Apiary) site Registry
    Others too numerous to list here

  • Ranch Certifications:
  • US Department of Agriculture (USDA) "Grass-Fed Program"
    Certifies Rebel Ranch cattle are Grass-fed and following prescribed USDA procedures.

    FVC Member
    Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC), "Homegrown by Heroes"

    Certifies Rebel Ranch products as, "Veteran owned and produced"

    At the appropriate times and depending on the price, we shall apply for additional certifications from other agencies and organizations. Each certifying entity has different requirements, costs and timelines to apply. Some certifications are costly and others are somewhat affordable.

    We want to apply for the "Organic Certification" for our beef cattle, but from everything I've seen, it requires using an Organic Certified processing facility (Butcher). There are several FDA-inspected facilities within a reasonable driving distance of our ranch, but no Organic Certified facilities. Because we don't have access to an Organic Certified facility, we are not eligible to apply for the Organic Certification for our beef cattle. However, we ARE following ALL the other requirements of the Organic Certification.

    We would also like to apply for the "Kosher" certification for our beef and honey, but it is costly, making it cost-prohibitive for us.

  • Rebel Ranch is:
  • Following prescribed Biosecurity Procedures!
    Following Organic procedures!
    Following the Grass Fed requirements of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the American Grassfed Association (AGA)!
    A Pesticide Free Zone!
    A Herbicide and Fungicide Free Zone!
    A Smoke and Drug-Free Zone!

  • The ranch Incorporated for tax reasons and is a small, Mom & Pop, Disabled Veteran-owned operation. When items are available, sales shall be online, by mail order and at local Farmers Markets. See our Sales page for additional information..
  • We are Cow-Calf and Transportation Certified by the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Program. In addition, JD has a Business Management degree and completed additional college courses on Beekeeping, Beef Production, Cattle Management and related courses from other sources.
  • ALL visits to the ranch are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!

  • Rebel Ranch area map

    Old satellite photo of the Rebel Ranch.
    There have been many changes since this photo.
    Click on image to see a larger image

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    Nestled in the foothills on the southern slope of Pikes Peak, Rebel Ranch is at 6,000 feet elevation, in a picturesque valley on 80 acres with pristine mountain air and views. The ranch is bordered on the East and South by the Beaver Creek State Wildlife Area. Mountains and hills surround us on three sides, with beautiful red rock formations to the North, Sugar Loaf Mountain to the Northeast, Table Mountain to the East, and views of the 14,345-foot Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the West, approximately 75 miles away. The photo was taken from the future Ag building location.

    Click on photo to see a larger image.

    Sangre de Cristo Mountains
    Photo Copyright © by the ranch owner (photographer)
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    To supplement and increase the existing native grass, we seeded our pastures with a blend of eight (8) Native grass species specially formulated for this area. In addition, we seeded Dutch White Clover (flowering legume) for our honey bees in areas where the cattle can't go. Additional grass seed and species of legumes shall be added at a later date. The Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) provided the Native grass seed list. [opens in pop-up window]

    Good pasture grass, legumes, ground cover and natural fertilizer are essential for soil health and grazing, including the ability of the ground to hold moisture and drain excess moisture without erosion. Only Natural Organic fertilizer is used on this ranch, NO Synthetics! Research on pasture grass, legumes and ground cover seed mixtures for this area, climate and elevation shall be ongoing to find the best mix. Soil tests are conducted on a regular basis, with fertilizer application and adjustments made as indicated.

    Using Regenerative Agriculture, [opens in pop-up window] rotational grazing and with our ongoing research and effort to improve the grass and soil health, our pastures will continue to improve. Additional grass, legumes and ground cover species could be added over time.

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    Honey Bee
    See our "Honey Bees" page for information about our Honey Bee Apiary.

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    Items for Sale

    Items currently available for sale are listed on our "Sales" page.

    The items listed are constantly changing. Because of this, we do NOT publish a catalog. Check the "Sales" page for up-to-date information and prices. Additional items shall be listed as they become available.

  • As we build our cattle herd, we occasionally sell Belted Galloway meat (beef)*4 and live Belted Galloway cattle*5. Check our "Sales" page for availability and price.
  • *4 We schedule the state-required "Brand Inspection" (livestock inspection) by the Colorado Department of Agriculture Brand Inspection Division, then transport the animal to the processing plant. You pay us our fee based on the hanging weight and our part of the transaction is completed. It's up to you if you want to divide the meat/cost with other people (quarter, half, etc), or keep it all for yourself. Tell the processor how you want the meat cut and pay them their processing fee. When you pick up your meat from the processor, it will be packaged and frozen.

    *5 We schedule the state-required "Brand Inspection" (livestock inspection) by the Colorado Department of Agriculture Brand Inspection Division. You pay us, and sign the required documents consisting of the Department of Ag paperwork (from the Brand Inspector), bill of sale and the Belted Galloway Society livestock transfer application form (to register the animal in your name, if it qualifies for registration). You will receive copies of the forms and the animal's original registration certificate (if registered). Then, transport your new Beltie home.

  • We are compiling the "Rebel Ranch Family Cookbook."
  • In 1978, JD's Grandmother wrote a cookbook for family members containing her family's recipes. JD's and Twila's families have handed down their recipes since the 1600's, or sooner.

    Therefore, we are updating JD's Grandmother's cookbook with additional recipes and information and will contain many old family recipes handed down for generations from both sides, including the secret ingredients and new recipes created on the ranch and from family members. A section on smoking meat and other information will also be included.

    When published, the "Rebel Ranch Family Cookbook" will be available for purchase on our Sales page.

    Unfortunately, finishing the cookbook will take a while due to the time needed to build the new ranch infrastructure, clear and fence pastures, etc. (this work is in progress).

  • Natural honey from our ranch Bee hives, Bee's wax and related items will be posted on our Sales page, when available.
  • Our honey shall be:
    As it comes from the hive, it is pure and has NO additives!
    Raw, NEVER heated!
    Unfiltered, raw honey is MUCH healthier for you!

    Depending on container size, the number of servings will vary.
    The label above is from the FDA web site.

  • Pine nuts (from our trees) will be posted on our Sales page, when available.
  • Build your cactus garden! See our Sales page for additional information.
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    Wild Animals

    Because we border the Beaver Creek State Wildlife area, Mule deer, Elk, Wild Turkey, Mountain lion (also known as Cougar, Puma and by other names in various parts of the country), Bobcat, Bear, Red Fox, Coyote, and other wild animals may be seen on the Rebel Ranch. There are even a few Roadrunners (birds) in the area and many different and colorful birds. Thankfully, there are no pole-cats! At least we haven't seen, or smelled Pepe Le Pew, yet...

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    Information will be posted as it changes, or becomes available. Please check back.

    This page updated on 7 May 2023 @ 1545 Mountain.

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