The Soil Story


Here’s one of my favorite videos – of late. It’s the Soil Story published by Kiss the Ground.  In just under four minutes of simple animation they clearly explain in layman’s terms the carbon cycle and the hows and whys of building carbon in soil.

If you are a farmer or rancher and want to learn how bet to build your soil health, consider enrolling in one of our Holistic Management training programs.



2015 Maine Beginning Women Farmer Report

 2015 BWF class Maine

 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 Maine program which was coordinated by Gail Chase through Maine’s Women’s Agricultural Network and the Kennebeck Valley Council of Government. Lead instructors for this program were Gail Chase and Diane Schivera. There was 97% 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 13 Maine participants, of which 8 graduated from the program:

Participant Demographics

  • The average years of farming was 8 years
  • The average acres under production was 9 acres under production with a total of 43 acres influenced

Here’s what some of the participants had to say:

  • I have greater confidence as a partner in our farm, to have an educated opinion and contacts with experienced people.
  • The Holistic Management class has completely changed how I view and manage our farm. We’re going to work through the book as a family during our homeschooling this fall, which will help even more. The classes were broken down so the work was easily manageable, and I especially appreciated having most of the business plan information done at the end, which made the process go smoothly and took away most of the overwhelming feelings and work that come with writing a business plan.
  • It was really important for me having the time set aside to focus on business farming in an organized atmosphere and it was the most helpful to hear from others who are perhaps experiencing the same things I am. That dialog was very important to me.
  • I think this program has provided me with many skills that will help me to be a successful farmer. I intend to start farming next year, which provides me ample time to develop a strong plan from the outset. I think it is wonderful how the whole farm goal is easily expanded to a “whole life goal”, and how aspects of the program are applicable to other parts of my life. My greatest struggle has been deciding how to integrate my farming dreams with the rest of my other life goals, and how to prioritize time and money across these different aspects of my life.
  • Excellent program that all current and prospective farmers/ranchers should attend. As an avid permaculturist, I appreciated the section on permaculture and how well the course fit within the permaculture ethics and principles.
  • I found the program interesting, innovative, and informational. I thought some of the planning aspects, such as the approach to financial planning, were unique but also made a lot of sense. I appreciated those alternative approaches.
  • The most important thing I learned from this program was how to think holistically in a more broad sense of the word, not just in farming/ranching but in everyday life. It also taught me how to look at my goals and purposes.
  • I found the planning aspects particularly helpful, especially bio-monitoring and grazing, which I had no prior experience with. I also found the financial planning was much different than my previous experiences and think it will be highly beneficial.

  2015 Land Planning Maine                                 

Holistic Goal/Whole Farm Plan 100%
Financial Plan 100%
Business Plan 100%
Marketing Plan 100%
Land Plan 100%
Biological Monitoring 75%
Grazing Plan (grazers in group) 100%
Forge Relationships That Positively Impacted You 100%


Key Outcomes as a result of the program % Participants
Increased Satisfaction with Quality of Life 75%
Increased Satisfaction with Communication 75%
Increased Satisfaction with Time Management 75%


Key Post-Session Impacts Percent of Participants
More Efficient Use of Resources 80%
Improved Decision Making 60%
Ability to Identify Business Challenges from Previous Years 60%
Strategies for More Effective Reinvestment in the Business 60%
New or Improved Record Keeping Systems 60%
Enhanced Understanding of Your Farm Finances 80%
Improved Ability to Incorporate Social, Environmental, and Financial into Your Land Plan 60%
Improved Understanding of Your Farm’s Eco-System 60%
Improved Ability to Determine Appropriate Management to Address an Environmental Issue 80%
Improved Understanding of Your Forage Composition 60%
Improved Environmental Conditions on Your Farm 40%
Clearer Sense of How Your Business Is Projected to Grow in Future Years 60%
Improved Ability to Articulate Goals and Objectives of Business to Others 60%
Improved Understanding of your Market and How Your Business Fits In 60%
Improved ability to determine most effective enterprises 60%
Improved ability to discern most appropriate market channels 60%


Knowledge Change Per Course % Participants Experiencing Change
Session One – Goal Setting
Inventory Farm Resources 77%
Develop a Whole Farm Goal 100%
Identify Needed Farm Systems and Protocols 62%
Integrate Social, Economic, and Environmental Factors into Decision-Making 85%
Session Summary 100%
Session Two – Time Management
Ability to Make Complex On-Farm Decisions 75%
Assess How Time is Spent on Farm 75%
Effectively Manage Time on Your Farm 75%
Session Summary 75%
Session Three – Financial Planning I
Attitude Toward Financial Planning 88%
How to Increase Farm Net Worth 88%
Determining Viable Profitable Enterprises for Your Farm 88%
Determining Your Farm’s Projected Revenue 75%
Session Summary 100%
Session Four – Financial Planning II  
Skills in Developing Whole Farm Financial Plan 89%
Getting Profit You Need from Your Farm 89%
Prioritizing and Cutting Farm Expenses to Guide Reinvestment 89%
Assessing Farm Cash Flow 89%
Monitoring Your Financial Plan 100%
Session Summary 100%
Session Five – Marketing  
Using Whole Farm Goal and Financial Plan to Develop Marketing Plan 83%
Profitably Price Products and Services 83%
Effectively Promote Products and Services 83%
How to Develop a Marketing Plan 67%
Session Summary 100%
Session Six – Business Planning
Knowledge of Resources for Developing Strategic Plan for Farm 86%
Ability to Develop a Business Plan for Farm 86%
Ability to Use Holistic Goal to Guide Business Strategic Plan 100%
Session Summary 100%
Session Seven – Leadership and Communication
Effective Communication Tools for Farm 75%
Conflict Resolution Skills for Farm 88%
Understanding Diverse Ways People Seek Recognition and Affirmation 75%
Using Whole Farm Goal to Guide Communication on Farm 75%
Session Summary 100%
Session Eight – Land Planning
Prioritize Land and Infrastructure Development/Investments 75%
Assess Management Considerations to Guide Land Planning 75%
How to Incorporate Natural Resource Issues into Land Planning 75%
How Permaculture Fits into Holistic Land Planning 75%
Session Summary 88%
Session Nine – Grazing
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 86%
Value of Organic Matter in Soils 86%
Benefits of a Covered Soil 86%
Benefits of Biodiversity 86%
Understanding Eco-system Processes on Your Farm 86%
Indicators of a Healthy Farm Eco-System 86%
Ability to Monitor Farm Eco-System Health 71%
Session Summary 86%


Increased Confidence as Result of Training % of participants
Developing Written Whole Farm Goal 92%
Building an Effective Management Team 69%
Manage Your Time on Your Farm 100%
Make Complex Decisions on Your Farm 100%
Using Testing Questions 100%
Determine Your Farm’s Net Worth 75%
Increase Your Farm’s Net Worth 88%
Determine Your Farm’s Projected Revenue 75%
Ability to Identify Logjam/Adverse Factors 75%
Getting Profit You Need From Your Farm 89%
Prioritizing Cutting Farm Expenses to Guide Re-investment 89%
Determining Weak Link in Farm Enterprises 89%
Identifying Cash Flow Issues on Farm 89%
Monitoring Your Farm Financial Plan 100%
Promoting Your Farm Products 83%
Developing a Business/Strategic Plan 100%
Identifying Resources to Assist You in Developing a Business/Strategic Plan 100%
Implementing Important Strategic Systems and Projects 71%
Communicating with Farm Workers 75%
Providing Recognition for Farm Workers 75%
Providing Leadership on Your Farm 75%
Ability to Prioritize Land/Infrastructure Improvements on Farm 75%
Ability to Incorporate Natural Resource Issues into Land Planning 100%
Ability as a Grazer 100%
Assessing Recovery Periods 100%
Assessing Quantity of Forage and Pasture 100%
Determining the Number of Animals Your Land Can Support for Grazing 100%
Calculating the Number of Paddocks for your System 100%
Determining How Long Animals Will Stay in Each Paddock 100%
Monitoring Your Farm’s Eco-System Health 100%
Intended Behavior % of participants
Develop a Whole Farm Goal 83%
Implement Time Management Tools or Processes 75%
Using Testing Questions 100%
Change Enterprise Assessment 88%
Determine Profit Up Front and Cap Expenses 75%
Complete or Modify a Financial Plan 89%
Enter Financial Data Regularly 78%
Strategically Reinvest in Farm 78%
Complete or Modify a Marketing Plan 83%
Change Marketing Practices 83%
Complete or Modify a Business Plan 100%
Complete or Modify Written Land Plan 88%
Complete or Modify Written Grazing Plan 83%
Change Grazing Practices 83%
Conduct Biological Monitoring on Farm 100%
Change Eco-System Health Practices 71%


Session Satisfaction % of participants rating class good or excellent
On-Farm Goalsetting 100%
Time Management 100%
Financial Planning Basics 100%
Enterprise Analysis 100%
Marketing Planning 83%
Business Planning 100%
Leadership & Communication 100%
Land Planning 100%
Grazing Planning 100%
Soil Fertility 100%


New Certified Educator at HMI


TracyLitlefor-webHMI is excited to introduce Tracy Litle as our newest Holistic Management® Certified Educator.  Tracy has been mentoring and team teaching in the Texas Beginning Women Farmer Program for the past 2 years, and recently completed her learning portfolio and exit review with her Certification Team of Ann Adams, HMI Executive Director, Peggy Maddox, Program Mentor, and Judi Earl, HMI Technical Review Committee representative.

Tracy and her husband own and operate a small scale ranch with cattle, goats and horses near Corpus Christi, TX.   They use regenerative agricultural practices like holistic planned grazing and application of compost teas to increase soil organic matter, restore soil health and bring back the native prairie. Tracy has a passion for teaching and holds a BS in Animal Science from Texas A&M University, a Masters of Education from Texas A&M – Kingsville and Montessori certification for 3 levels.  Congratulations Tracy!

All We Need is…. Holistic Land and Water Management


Effective Use of Water Resources

HMI continues its fight against the devastating effects of drought with a new Open Gate event hosted by All We Need Farm. Join us to discuss effective regenerative ranching techniques to improve water-holding capacity, improve soil health and increase forage production. You can also learn about the ecosystem processes plus how to read the land and record its path to greater health and productivity – and make a few new friends to boot!

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, local agency representative or just interested in ranching, land stewardship, and healthy food, this is a day for you!

  • See what fellow land managers are doing to maintain land health and profitability in a changing environment
  • Learn how to aid water and nutrient cycles with sustainable farming practices
  • Explore the connections between soil health and water holding capacities
  • Identify the indicators of good soil health
  • Monitor land health and explore how it can move you toward desired outcomes
  • Hear how Holistic Management enables producers to better manage risk, make better decisions and enjoy the benefits of sustainable agriculture

Open Gate: All We Need Farm Day
Guy, TX
October 9, 2015

For more details and to register, click here.

Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Graze hard, rest long

HMI, Healthy Land, Sustainable Future, Grass Close-UP

Holistic Management practitioners Steve and Charles Fettig, Napoleon, N.D are featured in an article written by Lon Tonneson and published on the Prairie Farmer website.  Here’s an excerpt…

…Justifying the time and labor: In a planned grazing system, you have to check grass and water and move cattle. It’s a daily – and sometimes twice a day — chore. But there is plenty of incentive to do the work. The Fettigs have doubled stocking rates and lengthened the grazing season. They used to run 400 cow-calf pairs on about the same number of acres and have added about a month to their typical grazing year. “It’s our job,” Steve says, of moving cattle. “It’s how we get paid. The longer we are able to keep the cattle out on grass, the more money we make.”…

You can read the entire article on the Prairie Farmer Website.

If you’d like to learn how you can increase your stocking rate with Holistic Management, enroll in one of HMI’s Training Programs.


Soil Carbon Cowboys en español

Gabe Brown, Brown's Ranch, Holistic Management Practitioner

Now in Spanish…


Gabe Brown, Brown's Ranch, Holistic Management PractitionerMeet Holistic Management practitioners Gabe Brown and Neil Dennis – heroes and innovators! These ranchers now know how to regenerate their soils while making their animals healthier and their operations more profitable. They are turning ON their soils, enabling rainwater to sink into the earth rather than run off. And these turned ON soils retain that water, so the ranches are much more resilient in drought. It’s an amazing story that has just begun.

Video: Soil Carbon Cowboys en español from Peter Byck on Vimeo.

New and Old Come Together for Interactive Learning in Kansas

John Sitgge


A notably youthful crowd came out to HMI’s first Open Gate in Kansas on August 5th at Stigge & Sons Ag Day in Washington, KS.


Lush cover crop forage for grazing!

Lush cover crop forage for grazing!

A new location (Kansas) combined with an old building and a significant number of young farmers promised for a fruitful day. In a more than 100-year-old building, which has been renovated into Mayberry’s restaurant, 34 graziers and crop farmers who collectively manage almost 37,000 acres, gathered to learn about innovative practices Stigge Farm has been using to incorporate livestock and graze cover crops.

John Stigge gave an overview of his operation, and how he has used Holistic Management to create the quality of life his family desires while increasing profitability with graze cropping.  Plans to tour Stigge Farm were thwarted by a last-minute rain which made the farm roads impassable, but pictures taken the day before showed the lush forages available for grazing.

Certified Educator Ralph Tate facilitates a discussion on Holistic Management

Certified Educator Ralph Tate facilitates a discussion on Holistic Management

Ralph Tate, Holistic Management Certified Educator, facilitated small-group exercises to introduce Holistic Management practices like “State what you want”.  Participants worked to create their own three-part holistic goal to use as a context for making decisions on their own farms.

The Gross Profit Analysis exercise was especially illustrative when John Stigge shared his personal comparisons of various grain crops versus harvesting the crops by grazing with cattle.   With these great examples, attendees clearly understood that the value of analyzing gross profit is that they could then determine which of their own enterprises are currently profitable, or not.

Don Wirth, CEO of Saddle Butte Ag,  shares his knowledge about cover cropping.

Don Wirth, CEO of Saddle Butte Ag, shares his knowledge about cover cropping.

Don Wirth, CEO of Saddle Butte Ag, shared useful information on cover crop options, optimal planting dates, and how to best plan for effective utilization of the cover crops by livestock.  This sparked a lot of discussion and questions.  Participants were particularly interested in the timing of different cover crop options, what sort of results they might expect, and the benefits of different cover crop mixes.

Many thanks to our sponsor, Saddle Butte Ag, for helping to make this event possible!


This is what some of the participants had to say:

Helpful & educational.
Good event.
Good refresher.
Very good, would recommend to others.
Great event, well done.
Good. Missed the tour.


Here are some outcomes of the day:

Outcome% Participants
Intent to complete or modify a holistic goal as a result of today's event 95%
Intent to complete a gross profit analysis on your operation as a result of today's 90%
Intent to change any management practices/apply ideas learned in this event 90%
Expanded network by meeting new people or learning about resources available to you95%
Increase in understanding of marginal reaction (comparing options) 82%
Increase in understanding of gross profit analysis 77%
More confident in ability to determine appropriate grazing strategies 64%
More confident in ability to determine appropriate cover crops 64%
Overall Satisfaction of the event (rated good to excellent) 86%
Facilitator's Effectiveness (rated good to excellent) 90%
Presenters' Effectiveness (rated good to excellent) 81%
Would recommend this event to others 100%

Australian Holistic Managers Share Farming and Financial Success

Sue and Jeff Trott
Sue and Jeff Trott

Sue and Jeff Trott

Several of the presenters at a recent HMI Open Gate in Australia were interviewed by Kallee Buchanan for Queensland Country Hour, resulting in two articles and radio interviews on

Holistic Management Certified Educator Jason Virtue was recorded teaching a hands-on forage assessment exercise at Glenrock Farm Day, and further explains holistic planned grazing.

“We actively decide as the farmer where the cows are going to be in the landscape, how long they’re going to be there and what they’re going to do in the landscape while they’re there,” he said.  “It’s not a case of just lock them in and say, ‘right-oh girls, see you in six months’, it’s a case of being actively, physically there with them on a regular basis…”  – Jason Virtue

Jeff and Sue Trott, area graziers who also presented at the Open Gate, share how practicing Holistic Management has improved both the health of their land and their finances.

“Part of the training is you do a big budget looking at your finances and honestly, for us, that was quite an eye-opener… I probably could have cried looking at where we were before we started this. However, the changes we’ve made just in the last 18 months financially we can see that we’re going forward and we’re looking to the future.”   – Sue Trott

Read and listen here:    link to full article and radio interview

Kylie Carr also presented at the Glenrock Farm Day.  She and her husband Mick live in Brisbane, and commute to their farm each weekend to care for their livestock.   In the following article and radio interview, they share their family’s experiences as weekend farmers, and how they are creating the quality of life they desire using Holistic Management.

Mick Carr said he felt the farm allowed him to make a difference in the environment and food production.  “You can see the difference in our property from when we first bought it to what it is now,” he said.  “You take pride in the cattle that you produce and the quality of the food that comes from those cattle.  “So it’s about having that connection and seeing the value or the change you bring about in the landscape.”

Click here for the full article:  link to “Weekend Farmer” article and radio interview


Cows, Camels, and Creativity Combine in Cloyna for Australian Open Gate

Kapernick's benefit from high density grazing planning


Camels at Glenrock add diversity and eat plants the cows will not eat and cannot reach.

Camels at Glenrock Farm add diversity and eat plants the cows will not eat and cannot reach.

Grazing camels with cows, and other creative management ideas were the focus of HMI’s Australian Open Gate on July 4th at Glenrock Farm in Cloyna, Queensland.  A diverse group (both full and part-time farmers, relatively new and more experienced) gathered to see the changes occurring on Glenrock Farm after only 14 months of Holistic Management planned grazing.  Many of the 63 participants were impressed with how quickly the changes are taking place and how little time the Kapernick family spends moving their herd.


Sixty-three participants learn about the benefits of biodiversity, and how to use Holistic Management grazing planning and decision making to achieve quality of life, financial stability and improve the land.

Sixty-three participants learn about the benefits of biodiversity, and how to use Holistic Management grazing planning and decision making to achieve quality of life, financial stability and improve the land.


The camels drew a lot of interest; the primarily cow/calf operator attendees enjoyed seeing firsthand the behavior of camels, what they eat and their effective coexistence with the cows.  There was a lot of discussion about improving the health and capacity of the soil, and also creatively marketing direct to consumers and starting other innovative farm enterprises.


Jason Virtue, HMI Certified Educator, examines cow poo manure and discusses its benefits.

Jason Virtue, HMI Certified Educator, examines cow manure and discusses its benefits.

Not only were successes discussed, but also how trials that didn’t work as planned were used as learning experiences. Holistic Management Certified Educator Jason Virtue explained, “Managing holistically is not about creating a magic farm, It’s about getting things approximately right instead of dead wrong… ‘cause I’m sure we all know what dead wrong looks like and we’re sick of it.”


Craig and Claire Kapernick, owners of Glenrock Farm, and hosts for the day, discussed how they have used Holistic Management to reap almost immediate positive changes.   Even though they have only been planning their grazing for about 14 months, participants could already see improvements in the health of their soil, its capacity to store water, and more desirable plants growing on their farm.   Where there was high animal density in just one previous grazing, the dung had been evenly distributed and the soil was much more friable.  Planned grazing has enabled them to make good decisions for their 480 acres, and despite inconsistent rainfall, they are seeing higher productivity even during hard times.


Some of the day’s activities included:

Craig Kapernick explains their Grazing Planning chart.

Craig Kapernick explains their Grazing Planning chart.

  • Craig Kapernick showing their planned grazing charts and how they identify where their herd has been, where they plan to move next, and a demonstration of moving the herd
  • An interactive exercise measuring the forage available in the pasture and budgeting feed for the animals throughout the season led by Jason Virtue
  • Jason leading a group exercise to evaluate and monitor the health of the ecosystem processes by looking at the amount of bare soil and other key indicators.  Participants counted at least 10 different grasses and forbs in the pasture
  • A demonstration showing the effects of planned grazing on the soil by the ease of pushing in a screwdriver on the pasture (7 inches) versus an area that had not been managed using the mixed cow and camel herd (only 2 inches)
  • A group exercise on how to test a decision using the Holistic Management testing questions


Damien O’Sullivan, Government Extension Officer, and farmer (beef cattle and share cropping) explained the advantages of using holistic grazing planning to control African love grass.  In the past, he says, “I have ploughed, poisoned, burned it, hit it with a stick and even swore at it and nothing worked.”  The only result was “the local fire brigade and my neighbors were not impressed by the burning.”  But planned grazing using animal impact and herd effect have changed the species mix, increasing pasture diversity and productivity.  Damien also shared figures on the dollar costs of poisoning, ploughing, and planting new species.  Financially, these conventional treatment methods don’t stack up.

Speaker lineup:  Damien O’Sullivan and Sue and Jeff Trott

Speaker lineup: Damien O’Sullivan and Sue and Jeff Trott


Jeff and Sue Trott have been managing their property, Thooruna, land that has been in Jeff’s family since 1968, for the past 5 years.  They learned about Holistic Management in early 2014, and simply by changing the numbers in their herd and regulating how the herd moves through their land, they have created amazing changes to their landscape. Their creeks and water holes are holding water for months instead of weeks, they are experiencing better weight gains on their cattle, and are seeing more native animals and bird life on the property than ever before.  They shared challenges they’ve had with managing a large herd of 400+ animals, problems with portable fencing and cow conception rates, but also talked of how using Holistic Management has changed their lives by allowing planned time away from the farm (previously quite rare) to include fishing trips, laughing and enjoying themselves together.


Kylie Carr shares how Holistic Management practices have impacted her family and farm.

Kylie Carr shares how Holistic Management practices have impacted her family and farm.

Kylie Carr and her family began farming in 2010 on 211 acres of land that is a 2 hour drive away from where they live. She, her husband Mick, and their 2 teenage sons spend weekends and school holidays there, managing a beef cow herd and concentrating on soil health.  By using holistic planned grazing (no other inputs), they have doubled the organic carbon content in their soils in less than 2 years.  Their sons helped create a comprehensive holistic goal, which provides the context to test all of their decisions both on and off the farm. They then monitor, control and re-plan as needed.

Using Holistic Management practices, they have come up with some creative solutions like:

  • automatic gate open devices (batt latch) which open a spring loaded gate each day, double checked by their kind neighbor on his morning walk
  • a mobile back rub for fly control and free choice mineral trailer
  • a flock of virtually independent Guinea fowl that roost high in the trees and roam freely during the day to help control tick levels and maintain a chemical free herd


Here are some of the comments from participants:

Terrific – enlightening.

Very entertaining.

Very interesting & informative.

It was an amazing event, speakers great.

Very informative and well organized. Was good to listen to other people’s stories and what they’ve seen as successful and what was not.

Very informative day. Lots of good information.

Excellent, reassuring on right path, rebooting enthusiasm.

Very impressed & appreciated all presenters inputs, frankness, experience and for sharing.

Well presented, good speakers, good selection of information.

Enjoyed discussions and learning about others’ experiences.

A very good day. Good food. Enjoyable & interesting speakers.

Thanks especially for sharing the failures and the lessons learned from those failures.

Thanks for taking the time to explain how grass grows after the animals graze, and how the process of over grazing works and why it is bad for both the land and the hip pocket!


Here are the outcomes for the day:

Outcome% Participants
Overall Satisfaction of this event (rated good to excellent) 100%
Facilitator’s effectiveness (rated good to excellent) 100%
Presenters’ effectiveness (rated good to excellent) 100%
Intent to complete or modify an enterprise analysis as a result of today’s event 89%
Intent to complete a biological monitoring on your land as a result of today’s event 88%
Intent to change any management practices/apply ideas you learned in this event89%
Expanded network by meeting new people or learning about resources available to you 100%
More confident in ability to determine plant recovery 60%
More confident in ability to monitor & analyze ecosystem health 55%
More confident in ability to determine land health 55%
More confident in ability to improve ranch profitability 45%
Would recommend this event to others 100%


Canadian Farmers Demonstrate Success at Open Gate Series

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Holistic Management Certified Educators Blain Hjertaas and Ralph Corcoran were recently featured in the Manitoba Co-operator for their involvement in a series of on-farm learning days as a part of HMI sponsored Open Gate series in Canada.  The article discusses Holistic Management practices that improve soil health to increase the quality and diversity of forage, which then translates into increased profits and better quality of life for the farmers.    Held on site at various farms across Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta, the Canada series of Open Gates started in July and continue through early October.

The article also highlights Neil Dennis of Sunnybrae Farm, a long-time Holistic Management practitioner.  Neil shares some of improvements he’s seen on his land, like the 300-400 increased carrying capacity, or more than 20% sugar content of his forage, which translates directly into weight gain on his cattle.

You can read the article here:    (link to full article)