New Programs & Office Assistant at HMI

Stephanie Von Ancken,  Programs & Office Asst.

Please join us in welcoming Stephanie von Ancken as our new Programs and Office Assistant.

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At the Farmer’s Market with a kohlrabi

Stephanie grew up in the small village of Corrales, New Mexico, but brings a decidedly international flair to HMI. She most recently worked with Casa Xalteva Education and Culture Center, a non-profit in Nicaragua, where she worked bilingually in program development, outreach and scheduling.  With a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business Management from the University of New Mexico (UNM), her studies included long periods of time living in France and Finland, where she has achieved proficiency in both languages. She is a member of the Rio Rancho Rotary Club with a leadership role in International Youth Exchange.

Her love of the outdoors and interest in the environment, prompted Stephanie to minor in Sustainability Studies, and get involved with steph in rainforestlocal farming and food systems including projects in Urban Egg networking and the LOBO Grower’s Market at UNM. If she is not in the office she can be found hiking the hills at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, trying to teach herself to play the ukulele, cycling, Latin dancing while practicing Spanish, or throwing ceramic pots.

She is looking forward to becoming part of our local team here in Albuquerque and using her skills to support HMI’s mission.

Introduce yourself to her when you get a chance via email, phone or at one of our upcoming local events!

Canadian Rancher Almost Doubles Carrying Capacity

David Pogson, Manitoba, Canada rancher and holistic manager, was recently interviewed by the Manitoba Farm Journal, and featured in an article on Pembina Valley Online.

Pogson talks about how using Holistic Management practices to plan livestock moves on his ranch over the past 8 years has improved his soil and allowed him to almost double his carrying capacity.   He also shares how he’s used cover crops to both feed cattle and improve the soil.

Pogson credits Holistic Management with the improvements to his pastures.

….it’s really unbelievable… all we’ve done is moved our animals with this planned grazing….we’ve probably upped our carrying capacity  about 95%…

You can read the full article and hear the entire radio interview here:

Manitoba Farm Journal interview

Pembina Valley Online article

Pogson Ranch was one of the planned sites for Holistic Management International’s Open Gates, our on-the-land, interactive learning days to encourage collaboration and networking.  HMI’s full slate of 2015 field days can be found at this webpage, including 3 more scheduled in Canada this year:

HMI’s on-the-land learning days

 

 

Quivira Coalition Seeks new Executive Director

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Our friends up in Santa Fe, Quivira Coalition, have a position open for an Executive Director. The Quivira Coalition is a nonprofit dedicated to building resilience in western working landscapes. The ideal candidate will have seven or more years of executive, administrative or program experience within a highly respected organization.  You can find a full job description and details on how to apply here.

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Open Gate: James Ranch – A Day of Success!

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James Ranch Open Gate in Colorado – Results

Dave James talks about dairy herd.

Dave James talks about the dairy herd.

By Kathy Harris, Holistic Management Certified Educator & HMI Program Manager

Participants couldn’t have ordered more idyllic weather, or a more delicious, nutritious lunch than what was served up at HMI’s Open Gate: James Ranch Day on Monday, July 20th. More than 40 attendees spent the day enjoying this beautiful ranch that’s nestled in the Animas River Valley just north of Durango, Colorado.

Following an introduction to the day’s event by HMI Program Manager Kathy Harris, the James family provided an introduction to James Ranch, its history and the importance of the holistic goal in creating a successful multi-generational family ranch. The group then started a walking tour of the ranch with a visit to the raw milk dairy. Dave James, patriarch of the ranch, entertained and educated participants with his stories and experiences. Highlights of the tour included:

Barely there sheep enjoying the high grass at James Ranch.

Barely there sheep enjoying the high grass at James Ranch.

  • Visiting the Jersey dairy herd, including a discussion of breeding to optimize for 100% grass dairying, the value of once-a-day and seasonal milking, and explanation of the enterprises that flow from the raw milk dairy: artisan cheese, and whey-fed pork
  • Learning how to look through the window of ecosystem processes in a small group exercise to evaluate the health of the land
  • Watching the beef herd move to new pasture
  • Seeing the grazing impact of the cattle, and dung beetles attacking fresh cow dung pats
  • Looking for the flock of sheep among tall native grasses
Lunch is served! James Ranch grassfed beef burgers topped with raw milk cheese.

Lunch is served! James Ranch grassfed beef burgers topped with raw milk cheese.

After a delicious lunch featuring James Ranch grassfed beef burgers topped with raw milk cheese, participants trooped back out to the thick, biodiverse pasture below to learn about irrigation strategies, how to evaluate soil moisture and forage assessment from retired NRCS agent Mike Rich.

Jerry Zink and Amy Schwarzbach of the La Plata Open Space Conservancy talked about the process and benefits of protecting farms and ranches with a conservation easement, something that James Ranch has done with a portion of their land. Holistic Management Certified Educator Cindy Dvergsten led a short discussion on Holistic Management Enterprise Analysis, planning for profit and key concepts of creating a Gross Profit Analysis on a farm enterprise.

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Bio-monitoring in the pasture.

Thanks to the Thornburg Foundation for making this event possible, and to our sponsor, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union. Thanks also to the Weston Price Foundation for their support and to all the folks at the James Ranch.

 

 

 

What participants had to say:

“Very informative & beneficial.”

“Great to see/witness a successful biz.”

“Professional, informative, great community building event.”

“Awesome, very informative.”

“Very nice one day overview! For those of us who cannot devote more blocks of time for learning.”

“Very well done – very interesting. A delicious lunch!”

“Incredible place, well planned, receptive.”

“Outstanding!”

Here are some of the specific results we collected from our post-program evaluations from the participants who are managing a total of 238,385 acres.

Outcome% Participants
Overall Satisfaction of this event (Rated good to excellent):100%
Overall Satisfaction with the facilitator and presenters: 100%
Would recommend this event to others? 100%
Expanded network by meeting new people or learning about resources available: 95%
Have intent to complete biological monitoring on your land as a result of today’s event:85%
Have intent to evaluate an enterprise using Gross Profit Analysis as a result of today’s event: 81%
Have intent to change any management practices/apply ideas you learned at this event: 75%

Piojo Ranch Open Gate on the Old Santa Fe Trail Recap

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The cloud cover over Piojo Ranch on July 17th kept temperatures unusually comfortable for a summer Open Gate – HMI’s first in New Mexico this year.

Holistic Management practices promote wildlife habitat

Antelope at Piojo Ranch

Instead of walking alongside a covered wagon as the pioneers did, participants rode atop hay bales on a flatbed down the Old Santa Fe Trail, remnants of which are still seen today in the swales created long ago by the wagon wheels of Westward expansion.  The pronghorn antelope herd also entertained participants, especially when a curious youngster ventured closer to investigate the strange new ‘herd” of visitors on “his” land.

Bio monitoring exercise in the uplands

Bio monitoring exercise

From the rocky hilltop overlooking the Mora River valley, Ranch Manager Clint Hoss and Kirk Gadzia, Holistic Management Certified Educator, gave an overview of Piojo Ranch.  The 35 attendees, including many with extensive knowledge and experience in soils, plants, and land conservation, teamed up in small groups to monitor the loamy upland area of the ranch. The discussion was rich with learning and sharing as participants evaluated the area using the Bullseye! monitoring method developed by Kirk, observing animal and plant diversity including the horned toad, jackrabbits and cottontails, caterpillars, and a diverse sward of grasses and forbs including: blue grama, galleta, sand muhly, flax, globemallow, side-oats grama, fringed sage, and curly cup gumweed.

Other highlights of the ranch tour included:

  • The herd

    The herd

    A stop to view the pivot and K-line irrigation systems with Clint discussing the different irrigation methods on the ranch and his monitoring process to determine the most effective strategies

  • Seeing irrigated pastures that provide lush certified organic forage for grass-finishing cattle, as well as healthy calving grounds for area elk
  • A drive near the Mora River to view the lush riparian area that creates a breeding site for the Blue Heron
  • A visit to the mostly Red Angus cattle herd, including a discussion about genetics, birth ease, and grazing plans to keep the cattle on prime nutrition through finishing

After lunch presentations included:

  • Brenda Simpson, NRCS Rangeland specialist, presented a rainfall simulation demo, highlighting the value of soil biology in enhancing soil health and improving water infiltration
  • Dan Bloedel, NRCS Resource Conservationist performed a slake aggregation demo
  • Clint displayed his Holistic Planned Grazing charts that show how he is able to manage finishing beef on the highest quality grass year round. This complex process incorporates shifting numbers of cattle, changing weather, irrigation and overseeding, and supplementing with fodder (sprouts) and hay as necessary during the worst of the winter
  • Lynn Locatelli, a renowned expert who travels internationally to teach low-stress livestock handling, presented the start (even pre-calving!) to finish methods used at Piojo Ranch to gently manage the cattle herd for optimal performance and product quality
  • La Montanita Co-op Operations Manager Bob Tero and Rick Kingsbury from Panorama Meats shared their programs for natural and organic grassfed beef, and how they work with beef producers to provide for market demand of clean, healthy beef

Thanks to the Thornburg Foundation for making this event possible, and to our sponsor, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union as well as other supporters: La Montanita Co-op, NM NRCS, Panorama Meat, and the folks at Piojo Ranch.

Here’s what participants had to say:

“Time well spent with like-minded and great folks.”
“Different perspective. Learned a lot about cattle that I need to know.”
“It was a good introduction to some broad concepts – follow up seminars to expand on information would be excellent.”
“Great overview of grassfed/grassfinish beef and organic. Great demos and natural resources qualitative analysis.”
“Outstanding!”
“Very informative.”
“Excellent – ranch was amazing, learned about forbs and recognizing different range plants.”

Results

Here are some of the specific results we collected from our post-program evaluations. The 35 participants manage approximately 10,705 acres.

Outcome% Participants
Overall Satisfaction of this event (Rated good to excellent)100%
Intend to change management practices or apply ideas learned at this event 82%
Expanded network by meeting new people or learning about resources available 100%
Intend to learn more about Holistic Planned Grazing as a result of today’s event 100%
intend to complete biological monitoring on your land as a result of today’s event 73%
Expand your network today by meeting new people or learning about resources available to you100%
Recommend this event to others100%

Organic & Less Water – Let Barking Cat Farm Show You How

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Minimizing Water Use in Organic Farming

Betsy Ross, Barking Cat Farm owners Kim Martin & Laurie Bostic and HMI join forces to discuss how to transcend “plain as dirt” into flourishing organic permaculture – and with less water than you might expect!

Our Barking Cat Farm Day is part of HMI’s Open Gate Learning Series. Open Gates are peer-to-peer action-based learning days with short presentations and small group exercises geared for participants to share discoveries and management techniques with guidance from experienced facilitators and producers.

Whether you are an agricultural producer, permaculture fan or just interested in farming, land stewardship and healthy food, this is a day for you.

  • See what fellow farmers are doing to maintain land health and profitability in a changing environment
  • Learn how to aid water and nutrient cycles with good farming practices
  • Discover indicators of good soil health and practice how to take a soil sample
  • Better understand what the roots and the weeds reveal about the soil
  • Develop skills to monitor land health to help ensure desired outcomes
  • Explore the connections between soil health and nutrition
  • Hear how Holistic Management enables producers to better manage risk, make better decisions and enjoy the benefits of sustainable agriculture

Open Gate: Barking Cat Farm Day
West Tawakoni, TX (near Dallas)
Sept. 12, 2015

For more details and to register, click here.

Sponsorship opportunities are available.

1,836 is the new 330

2015 MA Beginning Women Farmer Class

According to the latest agricultural census – out in 2012, the number of farmers and ranchers leaving their land weekly has jumped from 330 a week to an astonishing 1,836; a 550% increase!

2015 MA Beginning Women Farmer Class

2015 MA Beginning Women Farmer Class

In 2009, to help address the growing severity of farm/ranch loss in the U.S., HMI began our Beginning Farmers & Ranchers Women in the Northeast Program in six northeastern states; New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine Massachusetts, and Connecticut.  Texas was added to the program in 2012.  The program is designed to train new farmers – the most vulnerable to failure, in the Holistic Management Whole Farm/Ranch Planning System, which helps families integrate economic, social, and ecological factors into their management decisions, while improving land health and water quality on farms, strengthening healthy, safe food production, and building a community of farmers and ranchers that are sustainable, successful, and profitable.

MA Beginning Women Farmers learning about soil fertility

MA Beginning Women Farmers learning about soil fertility

We are happy to report that in 2012, the states participating in the Beginning Women Farmer program saw a combined increase of 6,916 farmers and ranchers.

The news is not that good elsewhere, with states like Illinois, Iowa, and California experiencing a huge loss in the number of farms and ranches.  These new numbers make it clear that more needs to be done to stem the exodus that has continued in farming and ranching communities across the country.

 

 

Open Gate: Avila Valley Barn Day Recap

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On July 13th a small but engaged group of 13 producers and educators met to learn about Holistic Management and the Avila Valley Barn business. The weather was perfect and the setting was excellent. The Smith family, owners/proprietors of this unique establishment, was there to host the group and provide for any needs.

IMG_2217.smallThe day started with a brief overview of how the business got to its current status. Debbie Smith shared a very interesting progression from a simple roadside farm stand to a business today that not only sells the produce from the ranch, but has a deli, further processed foods, hay rides, pony rides, various farm animals for young visitors to enjoy, wedding venue, and more. It has become quite complex and therefore, Holistic Management offers some great help in making decisions.

Raven and Jake Lukehart-Smith (Jake is Debbie’s son) then explained how Holistic Management was changing the way that decisions were being made on the place. Both Raven and Jake are about to enter training to become Holistic Management Certified Educators. Jake does the farming. Raven handles a lot of the animal related agro-tourism business. Together, they are coordinating with neighboring ranches who supply some of the produce (mostly apples) that are then sold in raw or further processed form (think pies!!). Both Raven and Jake pointed out that having a way to sit down with the family to make decisions for this complex operation is a real powerful tool. Raven took the Holistic Management class taught by Rob Rutherford when she was an undergrad – which provided the impetus to pursue the Certified Educator program. She is currently teaching classes at Cal Poly as a lecturer in the Horticulture and Crop Science department and pursuing her Master’s degree.

Rob Rutherford then gave a brief overview of Holistic Management followed by Craig McMillan who lectures in the Viticulture and Horticulture departments at Cal Poly. He gave a brief overview of systems thinking.

IMG_2214.smallAfter a wonderful lunch prepared by the deli there at the Avila Valley Barn, the group proceeded to look at ecosystem process function at three different sites. One was an area that had been cover-cropped and then grazed by cattle. The second was in the apple and peach orchard where drip irrigation was being used to water the trees. The inter-rows had been grazed by Raven’s horses. It looked great! Finally, we looked at an irrigated pasture that was being grazed by the horses using portable fence to regulate stock density. At each site, participants “graded” the four ecosystem processes from “A” to “F” and then shared results and discussed the potential at each site.

Finally, to conclude the day, a decision-making exercise was conducted. Jake and Raven distributed their holistic goal and then an example of a decision that they had previously made (whether to graze the horses on irrigated pasture). Following that, a current issue was being considered (whether to add hard cider to the mix of products to be sold) by Avila Valley Barn. Groups of two each went through the decision tests to come up with a response—it passed!

On-site feedback for the event was very good. A hearty “Thank You!” goes to our hosts Avila Valley Farm and to our sponsor, Sallie Calhoun – The Christiano Family Fund, an advised fund of the Community Foundation for Benito County.

The 13 participants represent just over 200 acres under management. Here is what they had to say:

“I liked ability to ask questions & hands on experience.”

“Very positive. Well run and informative.”

“Very good lecturers! Loved Jake & Raven’s case study examples.”

“Excellent coverage of material and practical examples.”

“Loved the venue & the people were outstanding.”

“Great!”

“Awesome.”

Outcome% Participants
Overall Satisfaction of this event (Rated good to excellent)100%
Confidence in ability to make decisions holistically92%
Confidence in ability to assess ecosystem process effectiveness85%
Increased knowledge of How to use Holistic Management to grow a business100%
intend to change any management practices/apply ideas you learned as a result of this event85%
Expand your network today by meeting new people or learning about resources available to you100%
Recommend this event to others100%

2015 Connecticut Beginning Women Farmer Report

 

2015 CT Beginning Women Farmer Class

2015 CT Beginning Women Farmer Class

 

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number Grant #2012-49400-19673 funded HMI’s 2015 Beginning Farmers & Ranchers: Women in the NE & Texas program. We recently completed evaluation of the Connecticut program which was coordinated by Deb Legge and Sherry Simpson through Connecticut Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA). Lead instructor for this program was Sherry Simpson. Mentors for the program were Allyson Angelini, Phoebe Browning, and Art Talmadge. There was 96% average satisfaction rating for all sessions and 100% of the participants noted they had increased their network as a result of the training. Thanks to the USDA/NIFA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development program for their support of this program.

Here’s what we’ve learned from our 16 Connecticut participants, of which 13 graduated from the program:

Participant Demographic Information

Of the 12 participants responding

  • 11 are currently farming
  • The average years of farming was 3 years (range: 1 to 5 years)
  • The average acres under production was 5 acres under production for a total of 55 acres influenced
  • The total customers of all participants: Retail – Average 54 (total 324); Wholesale – Average 45 (total 45)
Connecticut Beginning Women Farmer class on farm visit

Connecticut Beginning Women Farmer class on farm visit

 

When asked about the effect of this program or what was helpful about the program, participants responded

I’m confident production will increase and my land will be healthier

Learning from other people’s experience it helps to avoid the mistakes, change and improve the way I did before.

Reinforced importance of community – I am actively seeking our community relationships.

New BWF friends have been supportive, sharing ideas & resources, providing expertise & guidance.

More effective in communication, this leads to easier approach to reading consensus and focus on implementation of the plans

I have loved the whole process – meeting fellow farmers, making my holistic goal, planning, and visiting.

Be prepared, making plans that helps to predict the outcome for the future year.

Confidence. A different way of looking at the land (holistically) & I can’t put enough value to creating my holistic goal

HMI has taught me how to ID, address and monitor problems in my farm business

I now have tools that will help me to evaluate & adapt/change/improve what I do & learn every year!

It has helped me focus on a future that will be fulfilling and recognize and realize all my goals, not just the financial ones. It has given me tools to really ground my decision making and ways to think about and frame issues & problems creatively.

It has helped to clarify my goals and reasons for them. It has provided me with a ton of useful information as well as clarified problem areas I had (such as time management issues). It has really boosted my self-confidence, especially because of going through this training with other women in my situation.             

This training reinforces my belief in farming as a sustainable lifestyle that is beneficial not only to my immediate family but to the environment and the community as well. It relieves the anxiety of “fear of failure” as a beginning farmer and confidence and concrete business skills at the beginning stage.

Has been huge! Have gone from a pipe dream to actual production. I also feel several of the topics – especially holistic goal, weak link, & time management are life skill even if I’m not farming.

This was an incredible process!! The value of this goes beyond quantifying. It was well worth my time & effort & resources spent!

Very knowledgeable instructors who always have useful information and answers for beginner farmers’ questions.

It was very worthwhile. My approach to farming is changed in ways I would not have imagined. Excellent content.

I loved it! All the information covered was relevant and presented in an interesting way. The instructor, Sherry Simpson, was excellent and very supportive and cheerful. I’m so glad I took this course! Thank you!

 

PARTICIPANT BEHAVIOR CHANGE/COMPLETED PLANS % of participants
Holistic Goal/Whole Farm Plan 100%
Financial Plan 100%
Business Plan 92%
Marketing Plan 90%
Land Plan 40%
Biological Monitoring 70%
Grazing Plan (grazers in group) 100%
Forge Relationships That Positively Impacted You 100%

 

 

Key Post-Program Results % Participants ExperiencingChange
Satisfaction with Quality of Life 73%
Satisfaction with Communication 70%
Satisfaction with Time Management 91%

 

Session Satisfaction Class Percent rated good or excellent
Goalsetting 100%
On-Farm Decision Making 93%
Financial Planning Overview 100%
Enterprise Analysis 100%
Marketing Planning 93%
Business Planning 100%
Leadership & Communication 100%
Land Planning 100%
Grazing Planning 100%
Biological Monitoring/Soil Fertility 73%

 

Post-Program Impacts Percent of Participants
Human Resources
Clearer sense of what your farm is managing towards 100%
Better Ability to Determine Resources Available to You 75%
More Efficient Use of Resources 75%
Improved Communications on the Farm 67%
Improved Decision Making 92%
New Policies and Systems Implemented 75%
Better Relationships 75%
Financial Resources
Ability to Identify Business Challenges from Previous Years 75%
New or Improved Record Keeping Systems 92%
Enhanced Understanding of Your Farm Finances 83%
Changes in Farm Enterprises 67%
Changes in How Your Prioritize Expenses 75%
Clearer Sense of How Your Business Is Projected to Grow in Future Years 75%
Improved Ability to Articulate Goals and Objectives of Business to Others 83%
Improved Understanding of your Market and How Your Business Fits In 83%
New Business Systems (Improved Understanding of your Market and How Your Business Fits into These) 50%
Prioritized investments 42%
Greater efficiencies realized 50%
Improved ability to determine most effective enterprises 100%
New enterprises or products (including value-added) you are selling 58%
New ways of displaying or packaging product 58%
Improved ability to discern most appropriate market channels 83%
New markets you have entered 50%
Improved ability to effectively market products 75%
New marketing methods you have employed 58%
Natural Resources
Improved Ability to Incorporate Social, Environmental, and Financial into Your Land Plan 58%
Achievement of Environmental Goals in Your Land Plan 50%
Increased Forage Production 50%
Reduction in Feed Costs 50%
Improved Environmental Conditions 75%
Improved Herd Health 25%
Improved Ability to Manage Animals 50%
Less Stress for Farmers 75%
Less Stress for Animals 75%
Longer Grazing Seasons 50%
Reduction of Overgrazed Plants 50%
Improved Understanding of Your Farm’s Eco-System 75%
Improved Environmental Conditions on Your Farm 42%
Desired Change in Species Composition 42%

 

Knowledge Change Experienced by Participants % Participants ExperiencingKnowledge Change
Session One – Goal Setting
Defining Effective Management Team 73%
Inventory Farm Resources 100%
Develop a Whole Farm Goal 100%
Define What You Are Managing Towards 100%
Identify Needed Farm Systems and Protocols 93%
Integrate Social, Economic, and Environmental Factors into Decision-Making 100%
Session Summary 100%
Session Two – Time Management
Ability to Make Complex On-Farm Decisions 100%
Assess How Time is Spent on Farm 100%
Understanding Seasonal Time Demands/Flows 100%
Effectively Manage Time on Your Farm 100%
Session Summary 100%
Session Three – Financial Planning I
Attitude Toward Financial Planning 100%
Ability to Develop Balance Sheet 100%
How to Increase Farm Net Worth 100%
Determining Viable Profitable Enterprises for Your Farm 90%
Determining Your Farm’s Projected Revenue 100%
Identifying Logjams and Adverse Factors on Farm 100%
Session Summary 100%
Session Four – Financial Planning II  
Skills in Developing Whole Farm Financial Plan 100%
Getting Profit You Need from Your Farm 91%
Delineating Farm Expense Categories 100%
Prioritizing and Cutting Farm Expenses to Guide Reinvestment 100%
Assessing Farm Cash Flow 100%
Monitoring Your Financial Plan 91%
Session Summary 100%
Session Five – Marketing  
Using Whole Farm Goal and Financial Plan to Develop Marketing Plan 86%
Profitably Price Products and Services 79%
Effectively Promote Products and Services 100%
Understanding Your Competition 79%
Marketing Outreach Towards Your Whole Farm Goal 85%
How to Develop a Marketing Plan 93%
Session Summary 100%
Session Six – Business Planning
Knowledge of Resources for Developing Strategic Plan for Farm 100%
Attitudes Towards Value of Having a Business Plan to Guide Farm 90%
Ability to Develop a Business Plan for Farm 100%
Ability to Use Holistic Goal to Guide Business Strategic Plan 100%
Ability to Use Financial Plan to Determine Viable Markets for Farm 100%
Ability to Implement Systems and Projects to Move Towards Whole Farm Goal 100%
Session Summary 100%
Session Seven – Leadership and Communication
Awareness of Communication Patterns on Farm 82%
Effective Communication Tools for Farm 100%
Conflict Resolution Skills for Farm 100%
Incorporating Diverse Learning Styles toward More Effective Leadership and Communication 100%
Sense of Yourself as a Leader 91%
Understanding Diverse Ways People Seek Recognition and Affirmation 82%
Using Whole Farm Goal to Guide Communication on Farm 82%
Session Summary 100%
Session Eight – Land Planning
Prioritize Land and Infrastructure Development/Investments 100%
Design Strategies to Build Resilient, Diversified Farms 100%
Assess Management Considerations to Guide Land Planning 100%
How to Incorporate Natural Resource Issues into Land Planning 100%
How to Incorporate Social/Legal/Contractual into Land Planning 100%
How Permaculture Fits into Holistic Land Planning 89%
Session Summary 100%
Session Nine – Grazing
Value of Grazing Planning 100%
How to Assess Recovery Periods 100%
How to Assess Quantity of Forage in Pasture 100%
How to Improve Land Health with Livestock 100%
How to Determine Number of Animals Your Pasture Can Support 100%
How to Determine the Number of Paddocks 100%
How to Determine Grazing Periods 100%
Session Summary 100%
Session Ten – Soil Fertility
Importance of Improving Soil Fertility Sustainably 55%
Value of Organic Matter in Soils 45%
Benefits of a Covered Soil 64%
Benefits of Biodiversity 55%
Understanding Eco-system Processes on Your Farm 73%
Indicators of a Healthy Farm Eco-System 91%
Ability to Monitor Farm Eco-System Health 82%
Session Summary 91%

 

Increased Confidence In: % of participants
Developing Written Whole Farm Goal 100%
Delineating Farm Resources for Management 80%
Building an Effective Management Team 67%
Identifying Systems and Protocols for your Farm 80%
Manage Your Time on Your Farm 100%
Make Complex Decisions on Your Farm 93%
Using Testing Questions 86%
Determine Your Farm’s Net Worth 100%
Increase Your Farm’s Net Worth 70%
Determine Viable Profitable Enterprises 100%
Determine Your Farm’s Projected Revenue 90%
Ability to Identify Logjam/Adverse Factors 100%
Getting Profit You Need From Your Farm 100%
Prioritizing Cutting Farm Expenses to Guide Re-investment 100%
Determining Weak Link in Farm Enterprises 91%
Identifying Cash Flow Issues on Farm 91%
Monitoring Your Farm Financial Plan 100%
Pricing Your Farm Products 71%
Promoting Your Farm Products 100%
Developing a Marketing Plan that Meets Your Farm’s Needs and Goals 100%
Assessing Your Competition to Understand Your Farm’s Strengths 79%
Developing a Business/Strategic Plan 100%
Identifying Resources to Assist You in Developing a Business/Strategic Plan 100%
Implementing Important Strategic Systems and Projects 90%
Communicating with Decision Makers 91%
Communicating with Farm Workers 91%
Providing Recognition for Farm Workers 100%
Providing Leadership on Your Farm 73%
Ability to Prioritize Land/Infrastructure Improvements on Farm 100%
Ability to Incorporate Natural Resource Issues into Land Planning 100%
Ability to Incorporate Social/Legal Considerations into Land Planning 100%
Ability as a Grazer 88%
Assessing Recovery Periods 100%
Assessing Quantity of Forage and Pasture 88%
Determining the Number of Animals Your Land Can Support for Grazing 88%
Calculating the Number of Paddocks for your System 75%
Determining How Long Animals Will Stay in Each Paddock 88%
Monitoring Your Farm’s Eco-System Health 91%
Improving Eco-System Health on Your Farm 73%
Building Organic Matter in Your Soils 73%
Intended Behavior % of participants
Develop a Whole Farm Goal 100%
Change Management Practices 100%
Implement Time Management Tools or Processes 100%
Using Testing Questions 100%
Change Record-Keeping 80%
Change Enterprise Assessment 70%
Determine Profit Up Front and Cap Expenses 70%
Complete or Modify a Financial Plan 100%
Enter Financial Data Regularly 73%
Monitor Financial Plan 64%
Prioritize and Cut Expenses 82%
Complete or Modify a Marketing Plan 100%
Change Marketing Practices 93%
Complete or Modify a Business Plan 90%
Change Business Planning Practices 88%
Change Leadership Practices 82%
Complete or Modify Written Land Plan 78%
Change Land Management Practices 88%
Complete or Modify Written Grazing Plan 71%
Change Grazing Practices 88%
Conduct Biological Monitoring on Farm 100%
Change Eco-System Health Practices 70%

 

HMI is Hiring

2015 Oregon Whole Farm/Ranch Business Planning Class

HMI is hiring. We  are  looking for an experienced and passionate fundraiser to lead our development efforts and be a crucial player in enabling HMI to accomplish our vision. Our Director, Development role is ideal for an individual who relishes a challenge and can bring their years of demonstrated experience to  inspire regular folks as well as high net worth  individuals to share our vision and help us to make an impact in our community.  If you have a passion for sustainable agriculture and Holistic Management and want to  join our dedicated staff here in Albuquerque, please take a look at the job description for details and application directions.