Ashley and Nick are two of our Builders and plan to run a family business on their farm in Pemberton, Minnesota, called Ruby Ranch.
Name: Nickolas and Ashley Rehder
City/Town: Pemberton, Minnesota
Where ese can we connect with you online?
Facebook: Ashley Rehder
Who is your community?
Our community is crafters, creators and inventors in the Southern Minnesota Region.
Give us a behind-the-scenes look at your average day.
Every day is an adventure at our house! We start our day with our two little girls, Anniston & Amelia. We eat egg sandwiches or pancakes with sprinkles. By day, Nick works as a Mechanical Engineer, designing custom elevators. At night, he builds what will one day be the Ruby Ranch. By day, Ashley teaches third-graders at a local elementary school. At night, she crafts for what will one day be the Ruby Ranch.
We laugh and learn as we go — teaching our girls along the way.
What challenge in your life or work are you most interested in overcoming?
Making our passion into something that will sustain our family.
If you could do any job, what would you do and why?
We want a family business. We want a community business. We love creating. We love teaching. We want to build a community where we can create and teach those around us through hands-on exploration and learning.
What is the most beneficial aspect of living in the OTA region when it comes to your career?
Hearing about all the amazing dreams people are pursuing around us on a daily basis. It’s encouraging and inspires us to want more for each other and our family.
At what intersection do you live your life?
We live at the intersection of Imaginative and Determined.
Where do you think good ideas come from?
Authentic communication with your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and strangers.
What’s one current trend you think will change the world?
What’s the best way to put inspiration into action?
Just start doing it. Even if you don’t know what your end goal is. Do what feels right at that moment.
What’s the greatest risk you’ve taken?
Buying a century-old farmhouse in Pemberton, Minnesota, to start a dream.
What’s your biggest failure, and what did you learn from it?
Nick got kicked out of engineering school at one point in college. We broke up and went our separate ways. We later realized we weren’t the best version of ourselves without each other. Nick reapplied and was accepted, and we reconsidered our future.
We have become each other’s biggest supporter. We’ve know that through the ups and downs, we are much stronger as a family.
Who do you hope to leave a legacy for?
The Builders Program is a group of individuals who thrive on possibility and use all opportunities they are given to grow both in their careers and in their passions. OTA seeks creatives who are tenacious and strong-willed movers and doers and are driven to make a significant impact on the people around them and the community they call home. These people recognize their talents and capabilities and find ways to continuously grow and learn from them. Why is this you?
We have taken a leap of faith that has allowed us to begin pursing our dreams. Through teaching and engineering, we understand that our true passion is to create and educate. We want to share our talents with those around us. We believe that happiness can be found in creating with your own hands. We want to build a platform for our community to do just that.
What project will you focus on as part of the OTA Builders Program?
We want to build a community center on our farm. A place to build, craft, create and explore new ideas in a unique setting.
We plan to apply engineering fundamentals and educate the community on how to use new tools, machines and crafting techniques.
We want to host children’s events, field trip events and work-based events. We want to have men’s night, women’s night, couple’s night and family nights.
We want a space for people to create together.
What change / advancement do you hope to achieve as part of the OTA Builders Program?
Through this program, we hope to gain visibility, guidance, ideas and support.