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Published on Jun 16, 2010
In Doug Fine's neo-Rugged Individualist, Organic Cowboy life, the day's workout might involve a harrowing (OK, super-fun) Triple Crown race with his goats, his dog, his family, and maybe the odd elk, hare or mountain lion.
The bestselling author of "Farewell, My Subaru" walks the walk (or in the case of this video, bikes the bike) when it comes to sustainability on his remote ranch in the Southwest U.S. desert. His truck runs on vegetable oil (even if the exhaust, which smells like Kung Pao chicken, gives him a bad case of the munchies), his Funky Butte Ranch is powered by the sun (even if he's been documented slipping off the roof while maintaining his solar panels), and the mischievous goats he got off Craigslist provide the milk that gives him most of his protein (he protects them from coyotes at all hours, looking like a modern Elmer Fudd, even though they repeatedly savage his rose buses).
Today, said goats give Fine a hysterical run for his money. Hey, better than working in a cubicle, and Doug gets to put "shepherd" on his tax return. The continuing carbon-neutral misadventures on the Funky Butte Ranch are at www.dougfine.com.