Deep Springs operates a cattle ranch and 155 acre alfalfa farm. The college sells both hay and beef cattle for a modest income, but the ranch and farm are maintained primarily for educational purposes.
The ranch keeps about 200 head of beef cattle which graze throughout the valley and in the White Mountains. Working with the ranch manager, students perform much of the necessary ranch work, from herding cattle to shoeing horses to delivering calves. More than a dozen horses are kept for ranch work and recreation. Students receive training in basic horsemanship, and many take advantage of the opportunity to go on frequent horseback rides.
The alfalfa farm is a large part of the student labor program, owing to the work required to irrigate, harvest, and periodically replant the fields. The farm manager trains students to operate and repair irrigation equipment as well as drive the tractors and harvesting machinery. The college has a fleet of trucks, tractors, and farm implements which are maintained on-site by the staff mechanic and his student assistants at the shop.
Several smaller farm activities also require student participation. Pigs, broiler chickens, and laying hens are raised for consumption at the college. A dairy barn with several Holstein cows provides the community with milk. Produce is grown in our one acre vegetable garden and orchard, and work extends year-round with the recent addition of greenhouses. Students often have the opportunity to tackle special short-term agricultural projects based on their own interests.