Holistic Management training is now readily available in Central Nebraska thanks to a cooperative effort from the Rainwater Basin Joint Ventures Project (RBJVP), Central Community College (CCC) Extended Learning Services, and HMI. Joint Ventures project officials, courtesy of a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust and other sources, are providing substantial funding to make this possible and HMI is providing the curriculum. Central Community College is providing facilities, organizational and promotional in kind services for the program. Sustainability was recently identified as a primary goal for CCC resulting in eagerness to be a part of Holistic Management education. Certified Educators Paul Swanson, Mae Rose Petrehn, and Ralph Tate are teaching this series of workshops.
The Joint Ventures Project is a coalition of several state, federal and private programs with a common mission of preserving wildlife habitat, restoration of endangered species populations, supporting conservation initiatives and developing cooperative arrangements that are beneficial to agriculture. A key focus of the 2013 workshops will be the restoration and management of Rainwater Basin wetlands through managed grazing. These wetlands have been rested for many years and are over run with invasive species of brush and weeds. Officials believe that Holistic Management training for producers, landowners and agency staff will serve to make the goal of restoration a reality.
The Introduction to Holistic Management Workshop was attended by 10 participants on January 18-19th and 90% of participants increased their learning about Holistic Management. Participants liked the interactive nature of the workshop and have plans to incorporate what they learned into their farm and ranch operations. The Financial Planning workshop will be held on February 1st and 2nd.
These workshops are being offered at the CCC Hastings Campus in 2013. We hope that this joint effort can be continued annually with a possible rotation between the Hastings and Columbus Campuses. See the HMI Event Calendar for dates and contact information. For further information please contact Bob Shields at 308/379-1361 or [email protected]
If you are an educator and are interested in incorporating Holistic Management curriculum into your course offerings, please contact us.