Sunderland Ranch is a working ranch established over forty years ago by Wick & Candy Sunderland. After selling their cattle business in Homer Alaska, they purchased this agricultural parcel at a borough auction sight unseen. What a lesson in faith! They had truly found where they were called to be.
While clear-cutting and building barns and structures, they also built a solid set of values that are carried on by generations to follow. God, family, love and hard work are foundations that the Sunderland Ranch still stands on today.
You will chuckle as you hear Wick tell the stories of his Alaskan adventures while he handles many of the day-to-day farm tasks. Candy, in all her warmth brings a sense of belonging to arriving guests.
Sloan & Katie and their family, owner operators, have brought fresh energy to the ranch as they have broadened their vision to include Ag-Tourism. They have expanded into trail rides, farm tours, and ranch camp programs for youth. They also operate Alaska Zipline Adventure Park on the ranch.
They are both committed to passing ranching skills and a love for the land on to the next generation. The 350-acre ranch is one of the larger timothy hay producers in the Matanuska Valley. They also raise Angus cattle.
The first time I walked on the Ranch I was nineteen. I remember being over whelmed by the bright green of summer, the freshness of the air, and the brilliance of the mountains. As I took in all the goodness of the ranch, I realized that I was hooked. Now, many years later I still feel the same when spring emerges from the blankets of snow that cover the fields.
As the animals shed their winter coats, I too shed my cozy blanket and book, and pull on my cowgirl boots and remember to breathe deeply and enjoy the wonder and beauty that is the Sunderland Ranch.
Have you ever just wanted to escape? To shut your phone and clear your schedule? Here at the Sunderland Ranch the only thing that you will need to schedule is what time to meet your wrangler. Let us take care of the details while you relax. We can’t wait for you to meet your wrangler and saddle up for a ride out to the old sheep cabin or just cruise around the ranch.