Nathan Campbell - Mr. Passion for Cows and Chickens.
Nate found himself in the middle of the so-called American dream, working a corporate job in the city seemingly enjoying life with his family. One day he saw a Ted Talk that opened his eyes to a life he was curious about. The Ted Talk was Allen Savory discussing how to fight desertification and reverse climate change. This made him question what he was doing for work and he began to see life differently; with passion in it. For the first time he realized he had a passion for ranching, which was the same passion the previous 3 generations before him had and came to love in rural Oregon. His 2 hour commute to work became an opportunity each day to listen to book after book about ranching, until the opportunity presented itself on 160 acres in the least populated (and one of the most beautiful counties) in Oregon. Nate didn't want to just "ranch" - he wanted to implement what he had learned, learn some more, and be the change ranching neighbors needed to see.
Nathan does have this unique ability to do two things that make him successful in most things in life; think outside the box, and accept criticism. He's incredibly understanding while helping others expand on their own perspectives. For a guy who is self identified as "shy" he certainly is good at teaching others and has become something he enjoys just as much as learning.
Julie Campbell - The Motivated and Driven Ranch Manager
When people ask Julie where she's from, her response is lengthy & it always starts with, "That's a loaded question!" Julie too lived the corporate lifestyle in Portland OR, Bend OR, Kennewick WA and Calgary AB Canada. She was in the finance field with careers in banking, bookkeeping and then project controls. She has roots in the rural town of John Day, OR and always considered herself a small town girl. Julie's family has been involved in farming and ranching as well. Her great-grandfather raised over 20,000 broiler chickens, while being involved in cattle near Baker City, OR. Her father shared his love of horses with her at a young age after his time in the rodeo circuit and as a ranch manager. Julie's appreciation for rural life highly reflects her summer vacations during adolescence spent in Eastern Oregon with her cousins helping calve & brand, playing in small creeks, and enjoying card games during thunder storms.
Julie has a deep compassion for helping others. This became even more evident to her when she became a mother. Caring for and raising her children is her true passion, and is always something she knew she was called to do. She became the first person in her family to graduate college in 2016 and earned her diploma from Oregon State University in Human Development and Family Science. The degree earned was really just her due-diligence as a mother trying to learn as much as she could about her children growing & developing. The best part of going back to college for Julie was that she learned how much she loved to continue learning. Whether it's living a healthier and happier life, while encouraging countless others to as well, or how to become more self-sustainable Julie learns what to implement in life daily, and why. She hopes to bring what she learns to others so we can all live a more true, fulfilling & healthier life.
Olivia and Millaney
We wouldn't be here without these two little girls. We learn more about life from them every day. Olivia is in the prime of her childhood at 8 and Millaney is 5, but oh man, she matches sister step for step.
Olivia thrives at learning and loves "work" on all different subjects, especially animals. She loves spending time with the chickens as in her words, "they are way more fun than the cows." She has aspirations of being a horse trainer and animal vet when she grows up, hoping she isn't too far from home. Although she likes the chickens the most, while helping move the cows she asks questions and shares everything she learns with everyone. She has displayed her fine veterinary skills when explaining the "birds and bees" to her sister, as Millaney spotted a bull "riding" a cow. For them life on the ranch is a science class, they just don't know it yet. Aside from being an animal lover, and brilliant, Olivia is also an artist. She studies how to draw and paint, and then asks to replicate artwork daily.
Millaney loves with her whole heart. She is very passionate like her mother and driven as well. If we left the key in the 4 wheeler she would go out and do the chores without us. She's been this way since she took her first breath and taught us one of the most important life lessons; we are all so different, so embrace it. When we do let her hold the wheel to "drive" she literally pushes our hands away. It's simply amazing to see her wrangle chickens, and although they have scratched her numerous times she quickly grabs them and showers them with love. For Millaney, there isn't one thing she loves more than the other. She wants to be a rock star when she grows up, and in her words it's because "rock stars do it all!" For such a strong willed little lady she is one of the most thoughtful, loving and giving people we've met. She never forgets to include you, and she has a desire to make you feel happy.
Oh... and both girls LOVE riding their bikes and to go bass fishing!
As a family unit
Our family dynamic has changed a lot since we decided to leave a somewhat traditional life in the city, where Nate had a job that left him absent from family life Monday through Thursday for 12 hours at a time and Julie was the stay-at-home mom running from one thing to the next. Neither of them sure of where their life was going, only that they were living this life for the comfort and "security" that didn't leave them fulfilled, they asked themselves one question that changed everything: "What's the worst that could happen?" Literally, the worst that could happen for them if they left the city and their lifestyle for their dream of Right Lane Ranch was that they would have to move in with family until they were back on their feet, so how could they not give it a go? As true as it is that tomorrow rises with the sun, change is hard and anything worth having in life will challenge you and for sure test you. We like to tell people that God gave us many "outs" for the first couple of years of this adventure so that we knew for sure this was the lifestyle we wanted. I wouldn't say we were clueless on what forward looked like, but we certainly had no road map or plan to implement. Day to day we just did the best we could to keep living this once in a lifetime opportunity with both parents at home, present in their children's life in the moments they'll remember, creating work where we can make a difference in the world, continuing a family legacy of community and ranching. Now days, Nate cooks dinner and gets the girls ready for school. Julie knows more about cows & chickens then she ever cared to know, or dreamt that she would want to know. Our decisions are based on family and purpose, and what's right for us, rather than what everyone else wants us to do, or what we think we should do in order to keep up. We count on the day we live, not making a living and the work we do is genuinely better for the community, our neighbors, our friends and family, and the world. We get excited about going forward in life, and even though nothing is ever for certain, we're sure we're heading in the right direction.