The Dixon Water Foundation recently funded The Josey Institute for Agroecology at North Central Texas College (NCTC). The Institute will conduct research and offer educational programs on sustainable ranching and farming for NCTC students, as well as land owners and the general public. The Institute is named for Dixon Water Foundation Board Chairman and HMI Board member, Clint Josey.
“This institute will help train a new generation of land stewards to manage economically and ecologically sustainable ranches, which are so important to our state’s future,” said Robert J. Potts, president and CEO of the Dixon Water Foundation.
NCTC Science professor and Holistic Management Certified Educator, Lisa Bellows, will direct the Institute. “This will be an exploratory year for the Josey Institute, so that we can define the needs of our community, organize our approach, and target the position of NCTC as a leader in agricultural ecology,” Bellows said.
The Institute will serve as the new home of the Promoting Agriculture and Conservation Education (PACE) Project, an existing collaboration between the college and the Gainesville Independent School District. PACE students learn about sustainable ranching on a holistically managed property south of the Gainesville High School. Holistic planned grazing and multi-species grazing are demonstrated on the property, which is owned by the school district and leased by the college. Through the Institute, Bellows will be teaching a Sustainable Agriculture course this fall, in which Whole Land Management will be the focus.