Katy, along with her husband, is the co-founder of Willow Spring Ranch Montana, a certified organic, predator friendly ranch. They raise organic, grass fed lamb, and are devoted to managing their land sustainably as well as ensuring their lambs have low stress, high quality lives. They practice non-lethal predator control and seek to maintain a balance between the agricultural and wildlife areas of their ranch. The Harjes’ own and operate their business on permanently conserved land that the original owners placed in a conservation easement with GVLT. Katy grew up in the Finger Lakes region of Central New York, where she spent her summer days living in her bathing suit, swimming, sailing, and exploring the woods and shale gullies of Keuka Lake. Winters were completely devoted to skiing. This love of the outdoors stayed with her thru her ‘urban phase’ living in New York, where she earned her MA in Mass Media & Photography from the New School for Social Research and worked as a photo editor for Condé Nast and American Express Publishing. After leaving New York, her relationship with land conservation began when she and her husband worked with the Rural Land Foundation of Lincoln Massachusetts to place part of an old dairy farm they purchased into conservation. Later, while living in Mill Valley, California, she was an admirer and supporter of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust. When she is not spending time with the animals on the ranch, Katy enjoys riding her two horses, skiing, cooking and quietly taking in the beauty of the Gallatin Valley.