Holistic Planned Grazing in Alaska Video

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Here’s an informative video created by the University of Alaska Extension fgeaturing  HMI Board member and Holistic Management Certified Educator, Ben Bartlett. Ben gives a great explanations about Holistic Planned Grazing and Low-Stress Livestock Handling. Enjoy!

Whole Farm/Ranch Business Training Begins in the Northwest

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HMI California Whole Farm/Ranch Business Planning  participants at the Grange School

HMI California Whole Farm/Ranch Business Planning participants at the Grange School

 

January 17th was the start of two Whole Farm/Ranch Business Planning series in the Northwest—in California and Oregon.These programs will continue through the beginning of March as participants learn goal setting, decision testing, financial planning, marketing planning, and business planning.

In California, this series is being held at the Grange School in Willits, California. This Introduction to Whole Farm/Ranch Planning was facilitated by Holistic Management Certified Educator Richard King, who taught the class of 30 participants. Those participants manage 11,540 acres and are both large scale livestock producers and small farmers, many with years of experience as well as beginning agricultural producers. Participants learned a great deal from the program as well as from each other, giving the program a 90% satisfaction rating. HMI would like to thank the Christano Family Fund for their support of this program and for scholarship funding.

Here’s what the participants had to say:

When participants were surveyed about the the most useful things they learned in the session, some of the key take homes were:

  • Holistic goal setting, systems thinking
  • The need to work more with the tools and techniques.
  • Root causes. Richard told a story about gopher problems. The root cause as the story unfolded was lack of predators not gophers. That was an “ah” moment.
  • Overall framework, applicability of Holistic Management approach to my operation.
  • Some good aha moments about our vital, taken for granted partnerships.
  • Holistic goal or vision, factoring in personal & social criteria.
  • There will always be a weak link.
  • To slow down, to focus.
  • Group brainstorming and time for reflection
  • Testing matrix decision making framework.
  • Organizing decision-making process, writing plans.

Evaluations showed the following results:                   

Outcome % of participants
Do you intend to complete or modify a written whole farm plan as a result of this course? 100%
Do you intend to change management practices as a result of this course? 100%
Do you intend to use the testing questions in your farm decision making? 97%
Your ability to make complex on-farm decisions 96%
Do you feel confident using the testing questions? 92%
Ability to integrate social, economic and environmental factors into your decisions 64%
Your ability to identify needed systems and protocols to create a successful farm 64%

 

HMI Oregon Whole Farm/Ranch Business Planning  participants

HMI Oregon Whole Farm/Ranch Business Planning participants

 

Meanwhile on the same day in Central Point, Oregon, Holistic Management Certified Educator Rob Rutherford was teaching the same class. We were offering this Whole Farm/Ranch Business Planning series in collaboration with the Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District who did a wonderful job with the facilities. This class was also sold out with 30 participants. 97% of the participants rated this program as good or excellent. This group is currently managing 4,169 acres.

Here’s what the participants had to say:

When participants were surveyed about the most useful things they learned in the session, some of the key take homes were:

  • I feel more confident because I am actually starting decent planning procedures.
  • This will help my husband and I see things from a different point of view.
  • I feel less doubtful about addressing problems/symptoms.
  • I’m rechecking my focus back away from linear, reductionist thinking.
  • The testing questions are a great way to look at the big picture.

Evaluations showed the following results:                   

Outcome % of participants
Do you intend to complete or modify a written whole farm plan as a result of this course? 100%
Do you intend to change management practices as a result of this course? 95%
Do you intend to use the testing questions in your farm decision making? 100%
Your ability to make complex on-farm decisions 100%
Do you feel confident using the testing questions? 96%
Ability to integrate social, economic and environmental factors into your decisions 73%
Your ability to identify needed systems and protocols to create a successful farm 79%

 

Farmer, rancher business sessions set for Montrose next month

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carrizo-cows-SMALLThe Montrose Daily News has taken note of our upcoming Holistic Management Whole Farm/Ranch Business Planning course in Montrose Colorado.  Read the article.

If you are interested in enrolling in the course. We are offering scholarships and we still have a few slots open. Get More Information

Stewardship with Vision Video

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Seems like there are a lot of great videos being produced that highlight the positive effects and importance of managing land for a sustainable future.  Here’s a beautifully shot video produced by the Western Landowners Alliance that features the work the Granger Ranches in Montana has done to increase wildlife.  Enjoy!

 

Attention Cornhuskers!

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Ralph TateHMI is pleased to announce that a number of our Holistic Management® courses have been recognized and approved for the Nebraska Beginning Farmer Tax Credit.If you are a qualified beginning farmer/rancher and a Nebraska resident, you may receive a one-time Nebraska state income tax credit (up to $500) for completing either…

Getting Started  Introduction to Whole Farm/Ranch Planning AND Getting Started Holistic Financial Planning

OR

Comprehensive Introduction to Holistic Management Whole Farm/Ranch Planning AND Comprehensive Holistic Financial Planning

See the NextGen website for details and an application

Rock Hills Ranch Video

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Take a few minutes out of your day and watch this inspiring video of the folks at the Rock Hills Ranch in South Dakota. Their holistically managed ranch has deservedly won the 2014 Leopold Conservation Award.

Congratulations!

 

Carbon Nation Conversation Video

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Bishopp FarmThis is a great video of the Carbon Nation Conversation held at Arizona State University in November 2014. Learn about the research that is capturing the amount of increased carbon in the soil because of Holistic Management and the great regenerative grazing people are doing. Dr. Richard Teague, Peter Byrk, and Russ Conser talk about the possibilities of sequestered carbon and the corporations who are becoming interested in supporting this work.

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International year of soil

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HMI Soil Carbon SequestrationAs you may know, the UN has declared 2015 as the International Year of Soil. Holistic Management Certified Educator, Blain Hjertaas  has written a blog post about this very topic on the Holistic Management Canada Page. Check it out.

Over the eons of time mankind has abused it badly in some cases causing civilizations to collapse. Agriculture has traditionally destroyed and then moved on. Unfortunately there is nowhere else to go.

The production of food causes a soil loss of 4 tons of soil per person per year on an annual basis. There are 7 billion of us so that equated to 28 billion tons of soil loss annually from our agricultural areas. Clearly not sustainable…

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HMI Community Survey Results

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Mimms Open Gate. Cows Holistic Management practitioners in TExas, hmiAs part of HMI’s 30th Anniversary, HMI initiated a community-wide survey at our 30th Anniversary Rendezvous and online. Both HMI’s Board and Staff felt it was important to hear from our community to help HMI better determine the direction we should be taking as we build out our strategic plan for the next 5 years. Over 300 people responded to this survey and we would like to thank all those who took the time to respond. Here are some of the key findings from the survey.

 

What are HMI’s greatest strengths?

%

  • The Holistic Management Process
57%
  • The documented results people have achieved with Holistic Management
48%
  • Education and Training Curriculum
32%
  • Field Days and Open Gates
27%
  • Availability of free materials
25%
  • Educational Programs
25%
  • IN PRACTICE journal
17%
  • Providing outreach about Holistic Management
16%
  • Online Courses
14%
  • Great community
10%

 

In what areas can HMI improve?

%

  • Creating mentorship/internship programs
33%
  • Integration of Holistic Management with other tools/techniques
29%
  • More collaboration/connection with other organizations
23%
  • Collaboration with universities
22%
  • Broaden outreach
22%
  • More ways to learn about Holistic Management
22%
  • Grazing Planning Curriculum
20%
  • Focus on wildlife and animal impact
17%
  • Technology and apps
19%

 

What is one thing HMI should do in the coming year?

%

  • Educate general public about Holistic Management
26%
  • Offer scholarships and mentoring programs for young farmers/ranchers
20%
  • Provide opportunity for high school students to learn Holistic Management
14%
  • Beginning farmer/rancher field days
11%
  • Stay focused on key programming
11%
  • Provide better follow-up after initial training
11%
  • Translate materials into Spanish
6%

 

How is the frequency of HMI efforts to community with you?

%

  • I feel I get just the right amount of communication from HMI
80%
  • I feel like I get too much communication from HMI
3%
  • I feel like I don’t get enough communication from HMI
17%

 

What types of communication from HMI are of most interest to you?

%

  • Short case studies/stories of how practitioners are improving
74%
  • Short tips on how to practice Holistic Management
66%
  • Longer in-depth articles with detailed information on the practice of Holistic Management
58%
  • Scientific information on the results of practicing Holistic Management
58%
  • Announcements about upcoming Holistic Management courses
47%
  • Information about other sustainable practices
46%
  • The results and impact HMI training is producing
38%

 

New Program Manager at HMI

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Kathy Harris

Kathy Harris

HMI is excited to announce our new Program Manager, Kathy Harris. Kathy comes to HMI from Texas, where she has been involved with the Beginning Women Farmer Program as a mentor and Certified Educator trainee for the past few years. She is passionate about learning and has seen first-hand the difference Holistic Management can make in people’s lives, so she is very excited about the opportunity to make a greater impact by being a part of the HMI staff.

Having grown up mostly in different cities across Texas, Kathy’s main connection with farming and ranching was time spent on her grandmother’s ranch in west Texas, and a lot of time picking beans and okra in the home backyard garden. After education and a first career in technical communication and education, she took a break from the business world to start a family. Then, a series of family injury and losses spurred a more intense interest in health and nutrition.

Concurrent with her introduction to Holistic Management in the late 1990s, Kathy became involved with the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF), a non-profit organization dedicated to education about traditional foods and nutrition, and she started the first local chapter in Texas. With the guidance of a personal holistic goal and new knowledge about traditional foods, she transitioned her family from the suburbs to a small homestead, and was soon raising dairy, eggs, poultry, beef, vegetables, and fruits to support the health and education of family and friends. Through involvement with Holistic Management in Texas and the WAPF for the past 15 years, she has worked to support small farmers by connecting them with consumers interested in sustainable, grass-based farming and nutrient dense foods.

After successfully completing the schooling of her two daughters, she left her homestead just outside McKinney to manage the start-up of a 250-acre grass-based ranch in North Central Texas. There, she developed the infrastructure for intensive, multi-species grazing of beef cattle, hair sheep, pastured layers and broilers, a small herd of dairy goats and cows, and a native pecan orchard. With that task completed, HMI tapped Kathy to become the new program manager we needed to provide increased capacity here at HMI headquarters as we continue to grow our programming. Welcome, Kathy!