Dealing with the Forces of Mother Nature – Holistic Managment Can Help

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Dealing with the forces of mother nature is a constant that farmers and ranchers must deal with every day, as evidenced by the challenges ranchers are currently facing in the drought and fire-ridden dust bowl states.  Until someone figures out how to make it rain, the next best solution is to properly manage forage so you’ll be in a better position to recover when the rains finally do come.   You can also manage grazing  and consider destocking to get the numbers of livestock in line with the forage currently available. And of course, you can use planned grazing to create defensible space around building to reduce the fuel load in case of fires.  The Holistic Management whole farm planning system teaches ranchers and farmers how to work with nature to minimize the potential negative effects of weather and fire.

Growing the Future of Healthy Land

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Our Gen Next Program integrates Holistic Management principles into the curriculum at schools and universities. We offer a variety of courses aimed at exploring the systems that shape natural ecosystems and agriculture, as well as sustainable planning principles to maintain such intricate systems.  Download more information here.  And be sure to check out HMI’s other non-profit programs on the Our Work page.

Holistic Farming Brings Benefits to Family Farmers

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Check out this article by Elizabeth Anderson from Skene Western Magazine. It features June and Ross Skene, who are enjoying farming and the changes to their property after embracing holistic farming. They reduced their paddock sizes and increased the number of paddocks. With the cattle being moved every two days, the paddocks are more rested and as a result there is more ground cover and the soils have increased water-holding capacity.  Read the entire article here.

Passion revived, New farming practices provides more balanced lifestyle

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Skene Western Magazine

Ross and June Skene have rediscovered their passion for farming…

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Props to CE Sandra Matheson for inclusion in an excellent video by Raincrow Film

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You must check out this short video from Raincrow Film. It’s called Occam’s Grazer and does an excellent job highlighting Holistic Management Certified Educator, Sandra Matheson, and three other individuals that have embarked on a more holistic strategy to save their farms, heal the land and improve their overall quality of life. They make a compelling case that cattle and other grazers can and do have a positive impact on the environment and  provide a sustainable income for farmers and their communities.

Southwest Regional Gathering to Showcase Latest Developments in Holistic Land Management

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Annual Event to Take Place in San Antonio, Texas

Albuquerque, NM – April 7, 2011 – The annual Southwest Regional Gathering, hosted by Holistic Management International (HMI), will be held May 6-7, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas.  The event will bring together Holistic Management™ practitioners, local food enthusiasts, sustainable agriculture and livestock producers, farmers, and others to learn about the latest techniques in land management, livestock maintenance, and sustainable agriculture.

Dr. William Winter, a doctor of veterinary medicine, will be the keynote speaker at the Southwest Regional Gathering.  Dr. Winter grew up on a family farm in Western Kansas and got his veterinary degree from Kansas State University.  In 1980 he created what became one of the largest holistic veterinary practices in the United States.  He is a co-founder of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, and has served as the veterinary adviser to the International Alliance of Sustainable Agriculture since 1984.   In addition, Dr. Winter recently founded the American Holistic Livestock Association.

“We are thrilled to offer this opportunity for anyone interested in sustainable ranching and farming practices to get an understanding of Holistic Management and its positive financial and environmental impact on both land and livestock,” said Peter Holter, chief executive officer for Holistic Management International.  “Dr. Winter brings a unique and experienced point of view, from his four decades of holistic veterinary practices. We are particularly excited about having both Dr. William Winter and Ian Mitchell-Innes as presenters. With deep roots in Texas, HMI’s mission of educating people to manage land for a sustainable future promises to be further strengthened at this gathering, which will be a great place for Texas ranchers and farmers to network, trade ideas, see old friends, and make new ones.”

As Holistic Management International, an Albuquerque-based non-profit organization created to improve the health, productivity, and profitability of land is hosting the event, it starts on the evening of Friday, May 6 with a networking event, including dinner and keynote address.  On Saturday, May 7 guests will attend a workshop with Certified Educator Ian Mitchell-Innes to learn about innovations in livestock grazing management, suitable for both large and small landscapes.

The Southwest Regional Gathering will be held at the Doubletree Airport Hotel located at 37 Northeast Loop 410 in San Antonio Texas.  Registration cost $150 per person. For more information on how to register for HMI’s Southwest Regional Gathering, please see the HMI training page.

Holistic Management Workshops and Field Days to be Held in Texas and Oklahoma

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Events Help Attendees Discover How to Work with Nature to Increase Profits While Improving the Environment

Albuquerque, NM – April 7, 2011 – Holistic Management International (HMI), an Albuquerque-based non-profit organization created to improve the health, productivity, and profitability of land,  is hosting a series of workshops and consulting field days throughout Texas and Oklahoma.  The workshops will focus on the principles of Holistic Management™ with three days of tips on getting the most profit and performance from the land, the animals, and advanced training.  The field days will give participants a hands-on introduction to Holistic Management.

The workshops and the field days will be taught by Ian Mitchell-Innes, a certified Holistic Management educator from South Africa whose family has lived on the same ranch since 1863.  For more than a decade, Mitchell-Innes has used various forms of Holistic Management on his ranch and during the past eight years he has trained ranchers, farmers, families, businesses and communities in Holistic Management.  “We are thrilled to give participants a chance to learn Holistic Management from world-renowned educator Ian Mitchell-Innes,” said Peter Holter, chief executive officer for HMI.

“Ian tried many different management styles until learning about Holistic Management 13 years ago and now he uses Holistic Management on his ranch.  His operation is thriving when other ranches around him continue to struggle.  Beginning farmers and ranchers, multi-generation ranchers, and public land managers can all benefit from the three-day workshop or the field day as Ian will teach participants how to apply Holistic Management principles to enhance the health of their land and increase productivity while reducing operating cost.”

Holistic Management International Field Day May 2 and Workshop May 3-5:
Ford Ranch, Brady, TX
The series gets underway with a consulting field day and three-day workshop in central Texas.  The one-day field day will provide a hands-on introduction to Holistic Management as participants attend an actual consulting session between ranch management and Ian Mitchell-Innes.  Attendees will see how the benefits of Holistic Management can be achieved by land and grazing planning, financial planning, and biological monitoring.  The workshop is geared towards the basics of Holistic Management with three days of tips on getting the most profit and performance from the land and animals.  The consulting field day will be held on Monday, May 2 and the three-day workshop will be held between Tuesday, May 3 and Thursday, May 5.  Both events will be held at the Ford Ranch located in Brady Texas and are open to the public.  The registration fee for the consulting field day is $50 per person. The registration fee for the three-day workshop is $400 per person or $700 for two people from the same organization.

Holistic Management International Field Day May 9 and Workshop May 10-12:
Bear Creek Ranch, Aledo, TX
HMI will then travel north to Aledo, Texas and continue the series with a second consulting field day and three-day workshop.  Field day participants will learn the basics of Holistic Management as they attend a consulting session between ranch management and Ian Mitchell-Innes.  The three-day workshop is a graduate seminar on grazing.  The class is for ranchers who have some background in Holistic Management.  Participants will get advanced training in mob grazing, forage production, monitoring for success, animal performance and topics of your choice.  The consulting field day will be held Monday, May 9 and the workshop will be between Tuesday, May 10 and Thursday, May 12.  Both events will be held at the Dixon Water Foundation’s Bear Creek Ranch in Aledo, Texas.  Registration for the consulting field day is $50 per person.  Registration for the three-day workshop is $400 per person or $700 for two people from the same organization.

Holistic Management International Field Day May 14:
Phelan Ranch, Mountain Park, OK
The series will wrap up with a consulting field day in Mountain City, Oklahoma.  Field day participants will they attend a consulting session between ranch management and Ian Mitchell-Innes and will see how the benefits of Holistic Management can be achieved by land and grazing planning, financial planning, and biological monitoring. The consulting field day will be held Saturday, May 14 at the Phelan Ranch in Mountain Park Oklahoma.  The Phelan Ranch is a multi-species operation that’s intensively managed to highlight the potential for productivity in an operation. Registration for the consulting field day is $50 per person

In addition, the Southwest Regional Gathering will be held in San Antonio, Texas on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 where attendees will learn about the latest techniques in land management, livestock maintenance, and sustainable agriculture.  On Friday, participants will take part in a networking event, including dinner and keynote speaker, holistic veterinarian, Dr. William Winter.  On Saturday, guests will attend a workshop on mob grazing and maximizing animal performance with Certified Educator Ian Mitchell-Innes.  Registration cost $150 per person.

For more information on how to register for any of the upcoming events, please see the HMI training page.

HMI Teaches Advanced Conservation Course to NRCS

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HMI recently contracted with the Texas NRCS to teach an Advanced Conservation Course. Kirk Gadzia, Holistic Management Certified Educator, taught the 25 NRCS agency professionals in Texas. The results are impressive. After completion of the course,  the participants increased their overall knowledge of Holistic Management practices by 75%. They indicated they are better positioned to integrate their knowledge of grazing and financial planning as well as decision making into their work with land owners. 100% of respondents would recommend the event to others. Check our our event calendar for workshops you might be interested in taking

 

U.S. Sees More Female Farmers Cropping Up

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Looks like HMI isn’t the only organization recognizing women farmers. NPR’s All Things Considered just did a great story celebrating women farmers. It’s a good listen or read. Check it our here.  You can find out more about our Beginning Farmers program for women on the Our Work page.