Licensed in: WY and MT
Cheryl Summer is a Wyoming ranch property broker for Fay Ranches. The practice of stewardship has been a priority to Cheryl since her growing up days on the family dairy farm in the middle of Michigan’s mitten. There she learned the principles that you don’t quit and go to the house until all the chores are done, until every living thing that depends on you is well cared for and everything you are responsible for is done. Rather than being a burden, however, the early mornings and late nights tending the livestock, planting and harvesting forged a strong bond with family and with the land.
Evolving practices of land stewardship and a keen interest in regenerative agriculture methods led Cheryl to attend a Jim Gerrish management intensive grazing seminar where she learned, and then applied, rotational grazing methods with stocker cattle. She transitioned the row-crop production to a fully certified organic farm growing forages, small grains and soybeans. With a breeding stable of thoroughbreds, training practices evolved from the old style of breaking colts to the more productive methods of imprinting and working with a horse.
Cheryl’s love for the land and livestock extended to wildlife. Spending all her free time in the woods practicing her tracking skills and birding led her to the field of Fisheries & Wildlife Management and then Wildlife Toxicology. That specialization had her living on boats and working with Great Lakes’ waterbird populations. From there, research grants took her to work with albatrosses on Midway Island to study the effects of global environmental contaminants on their reproduction.
Returning to a focus on agriculture, Cheryl joined a start-up tech firm developing innovative risk management tools to hedge grain for producers and grain originators. This transition brought her to Kaycee and Johnson County, Wyoming which has now been her home long enough to see both times of drought and times of plenty. Cheryl then went to work as a ranch hand to learn first-hand how to apply her knowledge of land and livestock to the rangelands of the west.
Licensed since 2007, for Cheryl, the opportunity to work with people that love the land – whether it be the grass rangelands or the mountain elk country, the gorgeous lifestyle ranches or a pivot irrigated hay farm – has been incredibly rewarding. Having been in the ranch brokerage business for the extent of her real estate career, Cheryl enjoys forging relationships with clients and helping them achieve their goals. She also applies her ethic of hard work, truth and honesty, putting others first, and attention to detail to every relationship.
Cheryl enjoys volunteering within her community and serves on the Wyoming Agricultural Leadership Council board of directors which administers the Wyoming Leadership Education and Development program. She is a member of her local Search and Rescue unit and is active in her church. Free time for Cheryl is filled with hiking and exploring as many corners of the landscape as she can with Joe Henry, her awesome English Shepherd. She also enjoys helping the neighbors work cows, music, photography and travel.
Available Property Listings by Cheryl Summer
This ranch offers modern amenities in the midst of a landscape and community reminiscent of the old west. Providing an inviting, relaxing setting for family, friends and associates this property is well suited as a family home or a corporate retreat destination. Flanked by the ‘red wall’, the valley is green with irrigated meadows and a year-round trout stream.