Today, you can help farmers and ranchers turn unhealthy soil and degraded land into healthy, productive soil that can sustain agricultural businesses while providing vital environmental benefits to everyone.
Farmers and ranchers continue to struggle to stay in business because of poor soil productivity. Many are forced to leave the land, resulting in more farms and ranches turned into housing developments or corporate farms, with that land lost to small family farms forever. By improving soil health, farmers and ranchers can increase land productivity and resilience to environmental challenges.
And healthy land is not just critical to the success of farmers and ranchers; it’s one of the most critical issues we are all facing. Decreased water absorption, less soil carbon, and wildlife habitat threats are just some of the issues that affect every community – even your own. When these threats to land health are present, they result in a lack of nutrient dense food, depressed rural economies, poor water quality, drought-stricken plants, and a significant reduction in wildlife populations. The great news is that Holistic Management improves the health of the land and all these issues can be reversed.
If healthy land, healthy soil, and food security are important to you, please give today!
Your support is extremely important because it goes to providing the vital training and educational programs to struggling farmers, ranchers and land stewards that will:
- Keep them in business
- Improve their land and the environment
- Support the local food movement
- Sustain adequate nutrient-dense food production
Profiles of Hope & Success
Leah Gibson, Boxcar Farm & Garden
Leah Gibson and her husband have always been avid gardeners, but their dream was to have a farm where they could raise pastured pork and turkeys. One year ago, they took their first step towards realizing that dream by purchasing an 11 acre farm in Maxwell, Texas, about 30 miles south of Austin. Finding the land overgrazed and the soil in poor condition, Leah jumped at the chance to participate in HMI’s Beginning Farmer/Rancher training program. What she gained is an understanding of how important soil health is and how to properly graze animals for multiple benefits along with how to make decisions and implement processes to sustainably and successfully manage her farm. Read more of Leah’s story…
Art McElroy, Day Spring Farms, Ltd.
Art McElroy of Saskatchewan was born into farming and at the age of 44, began a grain farm, traditional feed lot and a cow-calf operation. Art, who has always loved farming, worked hard to make the operation successful but struggled with financial ups and downs, and frequently felt that he wasn’t creating the life he wanted. “Everything took so much effort, but we weren’t getting where we wanted to be.” Art decided to take a course with Holistic Management Certified Educator Don Campbell and learned more about regenerative grazing practices. Through practicing Holistic Planned Grazing, Art has not only increased the amount of organic matter in his soil, but he has also increased his stock rate to 1,200 head by increasing his stock density per acre. And now that his soil is healthy and his farm is debt-free, he’s now able to focus on succession planning. Read more of Art’s story…
Lyle Perman, Rock Hills Ranch
Lyle Perman is no stranger to ranching; his family has been in the ranching business in South Dakota since the 1880’s. In 1979, Lyle took over Rock Hills Ranch from his father, focusing on cattle and crops, not grasslands. That all changed in the mid-80’s, when Lyle was introduced to Holistic Management. “When you’re going broke, you start to look at different ways of doing things,” says Lyle. “Business as usual wasn’t working, mainly due to economic hardship and unpredictable weather conditions.” Lyle gradually introduced Holistic Management on his ranch, including the implementation of a planned grazing system, more water developments, additional cross fences, seeding cover crops to increase the soil’s water absorption and moving cropland back to native grassland. The decisions made by Lyle will help the Perman family reach their goal, which is to not just sustain the land as it is, but to regenerate it back to what it used to be – highly productive native grassland. Read more of Lyle’s story…
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