24 farmers and ranchers participated in HMI’s Improving Land Productivity series, which ran through March and early April at the Jackson Soil & Water Conservation District in Central Point, Oregon. Instructors were Certified Educator Rob Rutherford and Certified Educator trainee, Angela Boudro.
These participants, who manage 3546 acres of land, engaged in HMI’s experiential curriculum to learn and experience holistic goal setting, on-farm decision testing, ecosystem analysis, biological monitoring, grazing planning, and land planning. Participants noted 92% satisfaction in the course and instructors.
“I plan to utilize the testing framework to avoid costly mistakes.”
“I came for the fish – I learned to fish.”
“I gained increased knowledge of how to complete a correct grazing plan.”
“The most important thing I learned was estimating grazing & recovery periods for multiple herds.”
Here’s what the evaluations showed:
|Outcomes||% of participants|
|Increased ability in creating a whole farm/ranch goal||100%|
|Increased ability to make complex decisions on your farm as a result of today’s class||91%|
|Increased ability to monitor your farm’s/ranch’s ecosystem health||100%|
|Increased knowledge in assessing recovery periods||88%|
|Increased knowledge of how to assess quantity of forage in a pasture||81%|
|Increased knowledge of how to improve land health with livestock||81%|
|Increased knowledge of how to determine the number of animals your pasture can support||88%|
|Intend to change any management practices as a result of this session?||93%|
|Increased knowledge of how to prioritize land/infrastructure development/investments||94%|
|Increased knowledge of design strategies that can build resilient, diversified farms||85%|
Thanks to our collaborators, Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District and Oregon State University Extension Services.