Ali Ostergard first came to the Ranch in 2014 to take part in the apprenticeship program. She graduated from Fort Lewis College with a degree in Sociology and was seeking an opportunity to live and work in a community. After enjoying her initial stay at the Ranch she chose to return and continue building a life in Mastatal.

Ali is part of the Natural Building crew at the Ranch. She learnt all her natural building skills at the Ranch from the variety of professional builders that have come through. She enjoys working with her hands and creating beautiful spaces with local materials from the land.

Although she focuses on building projects she enjoys getting her hands in a little bit of everything, including getting dirty out in the fields, brewing ‘hooch,’ practicing her timber framing skills, and of course running around after the frisbee. She loves the variety of things to learn and do at the Ranch, the community of people here, the food, and the model of sustainability the project cultivates. She finds the life we live incredibly gratifying and a beautiful model to share with the world.