My name is Brittany Cole Bush, AKA Cole. Eldest of 6 daughters, born to goodly parents in the southern coastal parts of California. After years of being seasonally nomadic with a home base in the Bay Area of Northern California I have made a full circle back to Southern California now stewarding 240 acres of land in the Ojai Valley of Ventura County.
I call myself a modern-day urban shepherdess, shepherding animals, people, and projects. Working in both the built landscapes of urban metropolises as well as on the land with my comrade graziers, I am committed to supporting a new era of working on the land with livestock and innovative agrarian entrepreneurship. My work takes place in the fields of education and advocacy for the good food & fiber movement, supporting efforts to enhance ecological health of the land and using carefully managed grazing as an effective tool to reduce fire hazardous vegetation.
Passionate about connecting conscious consumers closer to the source of what they consume and use, I am the co-founder/owner of a sheep and goat hide enterprise called Shepherdess Holistic Hides. We source our hides regionally from sheep and goats “raised and grazed” in the American West, working to highlight the stories of select ranchers and farmers that dedicatedly raise their animals with care, ethically and humanely. I also enjoy the craft of working with leather and make custom to spec practical things for daily use.