Greenhorn Radio recently interviewed Holistic Management Certified Educator, Erica Frenay from Shelterbelt Farms in New York. Erica talks about how the Holistic Management decision making process and her Holistic Goal guides all her decisions on her farm and helped her transition from a hobby into a commercial farming business. Erica participated in HMI’s Beginning Farmers & Ranchers: Women in the Northeast program. You can read more about Erica and the development of her farm in this article from In Practice, HMI’s journal. Afterwards, be sure to listen to the radio interview.
The Bovine Blog is a fantastic blog about reduced stress handling and general ranch management. It’s written by Bob Kinford, whose spent the majority of his time working ranches and feedlots across the west. He’s an advocate of reduced stress cattle handling and holistic grazing.
This winter, Bob will be herding 400 cows through a 32,000 acre grazing plan on the Circle Ranch in far west Texas, owned by Chris and Laura Gill and their family. The grazing plan was developed by Holistic Management Certified Educator, Guy Glosson who is a low stress cattle handling expert.
Be sure to bookmark his blog and check back on a regular basis. Here’s an excerpt…
On the morning of the 27th, the weather changed with a big temperature drop and the cattle headed into the brush, splitting into two groups, with one group splitting again. I added another 60 pair on the 29th, with the weather being cold and rainy (had 1 ½ inches over 24 hours). On Monday, October 1st, I will start putting them back together.The following picture was taken the day before the weather drifted them into the brush. Read More
The October 1 issue of Small Farm Quarterly features an article about 3 women farmers that participated in our Beginning Farmers & Ranchers: Women in the Northeast program. Tricia, Kate and Heather. There stories are truly inspiring. They demonstrate that not only is Holistic Management a tremendous tool, but that HMI’s programs make a real difference in improving the lives and livelihoods of real people. Here’s an excerpt from the article….
“We’ve had to figure out how to make money,” says Kate. “The financial planning sessions really helped with this. I started with the horse boarding enterprise. One boarder had a special deal with us. When I started doing the numbers, I realized I was paying him to keep his horse. I felt bad about asking for more money, but I did the numbers and knew it was crazy not to do something now that I understood what was going on. That knowledge then helped me do the numbers for the other enterprises. It even made it fun. Things have improved 1000%.” Read More…
Our Beginning Farmers & Ranchers program was recently renewed for another three years by the USDA/NIFA. However, the costs are only partially funded by the grant. The remainder of the funding comes from our donors — people like you. If you’d like to help more women achieve the successes that Tricia, Kate, and Heather achieved, please consider giving to our program.
Our Cows & Quail workshop was a huge success and has received quite a bit of attention. Clay Coppedge recently wrote an article in Country World News. Here’s an excerpt from the article, where Clay quotes Dale Rollins from the Texas Agrilife Extension Service & Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch and one of our expert speakers…
Diversity, he said, is the key for both livestock and wildlife. Diversity is more important than grass production for those managing land for livestock and wildlife simultaneously, but it’s important to keep grass when it does grow. Evaluating the needs of cows and quail requires looking at the situation from “under the brim of a camouflage cowboy hat” to determine if the grass is fodder, fuel, mulch or nesting habitat…. Read More
Biological diversity and looking at the “whole” of a situation are important building blocks in the practice of Holistic Management and certainly apply when managing for both livestock and wildlife. HMI plans to host more Cows & Quail workshops in the future. If you want to be notified of upcoming workshops, please be sure to sign up for our e-newsletter.
If you live near Rappanannock, Virginia, be sure to attend this weekends Farm Tour. Several members of HMI’s Future Farms & Ranches: Upper Piedmont program are participating in the tour. It’s a great opportunity for members of nearby communities to get out and experience the beauty of a rural setting during the harvest season. Be sure to read the short article aboutt our program on the farm tour website….
Local Farmers Partner with HMI to Build Successful Businesses
Farmers in the Upper Piedmont are reaping the benefits of Holistic Management International’s (HMI) Future Farms & Ranches Training program, a signature program in Virginia that aims to help farmers build successful businesses… Read More
As you know, the drought in the US is negatively effecting farmers and ranchers and even grass-fed producers are feeling the effects. However, many have adapted practices to survive weather and market conditions. How and why producers are coping with the drought is highlighted in this article by Clay Coppedge in the Country World News. Holistic Management practitioner, Betsy Ross and several other Texas producers talk about how the demand for grass-fed beef is higher than current supply and how they are coping.
The Nolan County Soil and Water Conservation District recently made a donation to HMI’s Kids on the Land Program. Their generous support means elementary schools students in Sweetwater Texas are learning a healthy respect for nature and how the land supports life. You can read more about their donation in this article in the Sweetwater Reporter.
HMI offers a variety of programs and services in support of our mission to educate people to manage land for a sustainable future. If you’d like to support our efforts, please consider giving to our Kids on the Land program or any of our training programs.
County World Newspaper in Texas recently published this article on our Kids on the Land program. Here’s an excerpt
It would see natural that Peggy Maddox and Holistic Management International (HMI) should end up working together. HMI is dedicated to educating farmers about the benefits and methods of sustainable farming and how to preserve and conserve the land where they live and work. Maddox has been an educator most of her adult life… Read More
Our friends from Flavor Magazine just published this amazing article featuring graduates of HMI’s Future Farms & Ranches: Rappahannock year-long training program. Seven farms participated in the intensive program, where they learned, practiced, and benefited from Holistic Management whole farm/ranch planning. Here’s a brief excerpt.
With more than 50 years of experience as a cattle farmer in Rappahannock County, Va., Dick McNear thought he knew just about all there was to know about raising a steer for market. But 18 months ago, for the first time, McNear changed how he grazes his hundred head of cattle. He cuts less hay, saves money on fuel and machinery, and makes more profit. He is increasing the size of his herd. And his 400 acres of pasture have never looked better. Read More….
The program, and the results the participants received has been so successful, we are extending the program for another year and opening it up to more farmers in the Upper Piedmont region of Virgina. If you act quickly you can still register for the 2012/2013 program.
Here’s another great article about one of HMI’s New York Beginning Women Farmer participants, Angela Nelson, who founded Daily Harvest Farm near Fabius, New York. You can read the article at: http://www.lancasterfarming.com/news/B0519-angela-nelson
To read more about Angela’s farming practices, read her blog at: http://dailyharvestfarm.blogspot.com