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Open Gate: Creekside Meadows Farm Day Group Photo

The Gate’s Open. Come On In.

Our Open Gate on-farm learning days consist of farm/ranch days that are held on the land. Each day is hosted by an experienced Holistic Management practitioner and features numerous innovative and sustainable agricultural topics and practices.

Grass Roots Learning – A chance to ask questions, share experiences, get answers

This is a great opportunity to see from the ground up how producers are using Holistic Management to better manage risk, make better decisions and reap the benefits of sustainable, profitable farming and ranching.   You’ll share ideas and experiences with other producers and presenters that are facing similar issues. Both management issues and production techniques may be addressed. Topics may include: holistic biological monitoring, drought mitigation,holistic grazing planning, sustainability assessments, succession planning, direct marketing, improving farm management — just to name a few.

Home Turf Advantage

Not only will you get valuable  hands-on knowledge, you’ll get an opportunity to mingle with your neighbors and build lasting  relationships with folks that share a passion for sustainable agriculture, local food, and the environment. In addition to experienced and beginning farmers and ranchers, you’ll get a chance to meet with representatives from local agencies, organizations, and businesses interested in supporting farms.

The Format

Attendees have the opportunity to identify common challenges and discuss creative solutions in a friendly atmosphere. With experienced facilitators and producers on hand, the goal of the day is to  create a forum for sharing practices, ideas, advice, and solutions.  When you leave at the end of the day, you’ll take away practical ideas you can use.

The Details

Agenda

While each day’s agenda may differ slightly, we usually begin around 10:00 with introductions and an orientation.  We then kick off our educational presentations and small group activities so producers can learn from each other.  We follow with lunch, an afternoon land tour, more small group work, and a sharing of lessons learned– wrapping up  around 4:00pm.

Registration & Schedule

Farmers, ranchers, and land stewards with any length of agricultural experience are welcome to attend. Whether you are raising cattle, broccoli, or wheat, you’ll find helpful advice, tips, and techniques to build a profitable, sustainable operation.  Registration is usually around $20.00 per person including lunch, and is non-refundable. Space is limited at each event, so you are encouraged to register in advance. You can find more information on each event below.

2016 Schedule

DATE:  February 11, 2016
EVENT: Dry Creek Livestock Day at the TOFGA Annual Conference
TOPIC: Holistic Management of Sheep, Goats and Cattle
LOCATION: Poetry, TX, USA
REGISTRATION STATUS: Closed

Wondering how the day went? See results here.

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DATE:  March 9, 2016
EVENT: Namibian Agricultural Union’s 2015 Young Farmer of the Year – Open Day at Farm Springbockvley
TOPIC: Triple Bottom Line Management
LOCATION: near Windhoek, South Africa
Click here for more information (in Afrikaans).
Click here for more information (in English).
Click here for a map.
Click here for a registration form.
*This event is co-sponsored by HMI.

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DATE:  May 16-17, 2016
EVENT: Mangarara Station Day
TOPIC: Amazing Grazing: Never Run out of Grass
LOCATION: Otane, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Closed

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DATE:  June 11, 2016
EVENT: Hickory Lake Beef Day
TOPIC: Healthy Soil for Healthy Food
LOCATION: Zuehl and La Vernia, TX, USA
Click here for more information.

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DATE:  June 18, 2016
EVENT: Kandanga Farm Day
TOPIC: Feeding the Sunshine Coast with Local Food
LOCATION: Kandanga, Queensland, AU
Click here for more information.

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DATE:  June 29, 2016
EVENT: Croome Court Day
TOPIC: Grazing for Long-Term Resilience and Sustainable Profit
LOCATION: Croome D’Abitot, Worcester, UK
Click here for more information.

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DATE:  July 7, 2016
EVENT: Shipwheel Feeders Day
TOPIC: Thirty-five Years of Successful Decisions for Healthy Forages, Family and Finances
LOCATION: Taber, Alberta  CAN
Click here for more information.

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DATE:  July 9, 2016
EVENT: Noble Pastures Day
TOPIC: Planned Grazing and Pasture Monitoring for Healthier Land, Animals and Profits
LOCATION: Red Oak, IA, USA
Click here for more information.

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UPCOMING 2016 EVENTS – registration coming soon

July 26: Walls Farm, Alameda, Saskatchewan, CAN
Aug 17: McAuliffe Ranch,  Raton, NM, USA
Sept 7: V6 Ranch,  Parkfield, CA, USA
Sept 14: Circle Ranch, Van Horn, TX, USA
Sept 22: Moss Farm, Dauphin, Manitoba, CAN
Oct 8: The Barry Farm, Needville, TX, USA
Oct 14: Paicines Ranch,  Paicines, CA, USA – see our 2016 Gathering page for details
Oct 28: Double T Ranch,  Ozona, TX, USA
Oct 29: Hudspeth River Ranch, Comstock TX, USA


2015 Schedule

DATE:  January 29, 2015
EVENT: Seco Valley Ranch Day at the TOFGA Annual Conference
TOPIC: Using Holistic Management to Produce and Market Grassfed Meats
LOCATION: Honda, TX, USA
REGISTRATION STATUS: Closed

Wondering how the day went? See results here.

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DATE:  May 11, 2015
EVENT: Mangarara Station Day
TOPIC: Enhance Rainfall Absorption with Livestock
LOCATION: Otane, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
REGISTRATION STATUS: Closed – Information

Wondering how the day went? See results here.

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DATE:  May 16, 2015
EVENT: Green Fields Farm Day
TOPIC: Producing Healthy Soil and Water for Nutrient Dense Foods
LOCATION: Rogers, TX, USA
REGISTRATION STATUS:Closed – Information.

Wondering how the day went? See results here.

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DATE:  June 1, 2015
EVENT: Dunblane Farm Day
TOPIC: Using Grazing Animals to Increase Productivity and Profitability
LOCATION: Burragate, NSW, Australia
REGISTRATION STATUS: Closed – Information

Wondering how the day went? See results here.

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DATE:  June 6, 2015
EVENT: Rancho El Represo Del Verde Day
TOPIC: Regenerating Land through Livestock & Improved Soil Fertility
LOCATION: La Colorada, Sonora, Mexico
REGISTRATION STATUS: Closed

Wondering how the day went? See results here.

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DATE:  June 6, 2015
EVENT: Triple Cross Farm Day
TOPIC: Improving Water and Nutritional Cycles for Land, Animal and Human Health
LOCATION: Fruitvale, TX, USA
REGISTRATION STATUS: Closed – Information

Wondering how the day went? See results here.

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DATE:  June 29, 2015
EVENT: Day Spring Farms Day
TOPIC: Planned Grazing Using High Stock Density to Improve Profit
LOCATION: Frontier, Saskatchewan, Canada
REGISTRATION STATUS: Closed – Information

Wondering how the day went? See results here.

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DATE:  July 3, 2015
EVENT: Ruzicka Sunrise Farm Day
TOPIC: Nurturing Healthy Land, Growing Wholesome Food and Practicing Enduring Stewardship
LOCATION: Killam, Alberta, Canada
REGISTRATION STATUS: Closed – Information

Wondering how the day went? See results here.

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DATE:  July 4, 2015
EVENT: Glenrock Farm Day
TOPIC: Using Grazing Animals to Increase Productivity and Profitability
LOCATION: Cloyna, Queensland, Australia
REGISTRATION STATUS: Closed – Information

Wondering how the day went? See results here.

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DATE:  July 7, 2015
EVENT: Tamara Ranch Day
TOPIC: Passing the Farm to the Next Generation
LOCATION:Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
REGISTRATION STATUS: Closed – Information

Wondering how the day went? See results here.

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DATE:  July 12, 2015
EVENT: POST – Markegard Family Grass-Fed Day
TOPIC: Grass-Fed Beef on Conservation Lands
LOCATION: Pescadero, CA, USA
REGISTRATION STATUS: Closed – Information

Wondering how the day went? See results here.

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DATE:  July 13, 2015
EVENT: Avila Valley Barn Day
TOPIC: Improving Planet, Profits and People on Your Farm
LOCATION: San Luis Obispo, CA, USA
REGISTRATION STATUS: Closed – Information

Wondering how the day went? See results here.

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DATE:  July 17, 2015
EVENT: Piojo Ranch Day
TOPIC: Raising Profit and Grassfed Beef with Cooperatives
LOCATION: Watrous, NM, USA
REGISTRATION STATUS: Closed – Information

Wondering how the day went? See results here.

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DATE:  July 17, 2015
EVENT: Glen Orton Farm Day
TOPIC: Drought Management & Improving Land with Livestock
LOCATION: Coolatai, NWS, Australia
REGISTRATION STATUS: Closed – Information

Wondering how the day went? See results here.

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DATE:  July 20, 2015
EVENT: James Ranch Day
TOPIC: Managing Multiple Generations & Enterprises in Family Agriculture
LOCATION: Durango, CO, USA
REGISTRATION STATUS: Closed – Information

Wondering how the day went? See results here.

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DATE:  July 22, 2015
EVENT: Sunnybrae Farm Day
TOPIC: Regenerating Land Through Livestock and Improved Soil Fertility
LOCATION: Wawoda, Saskatchewan, Canada
REGISTRATION STATUS: Closed – Information

Wondering how the day went? See results here.

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DATE:  July 28, 2015
EVENT: Lucends Ranch Day
TOPIC: Holistic Planned Grazing Using High Stock Density to Improve Profit
LOCATION: Ponoka, Alberta, Canada
REGISTRATION STATUS: Closed – Information

Wondering how the day went? See results here.

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DATE: August 4, 2015
EVENT: Ranney Ranch Day
TOPIC: Marketing and Grazing Practices to Survive Drought
LOCATION: Corona, NM, USA
REGISTRATION STATUS:Closed – Information

Wondering how the day went? See results here.

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DATE:  August 5, 2015
EVENT: Stigge & Sons Ag Day
TOPIC: Integrating Livestock & Cover Cropping For Profit
LOCATION: Washington, KS, USA
REGISTRATION STATUS: Closed – Information

Wondering how the day went? See results here

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DATE:  September 12, 2015
EVENT: Barking Cat Farm Day
TOPIC: Minimizing Water Use in Organic Farming
LOCATION: West Tawakoni , TX, USA
REGISTRATION STATUS: Closed – Information

Wondering how the day went? See results here.

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DATE:  October 9, 2015
EVENT: All We Need Farm Day
TOPIC: Effective Use of Water Resources
LOCATION: Guy, TX, USA
REGISTRATION STATUS: Closed – Information

Wondering how the day went? See results here.

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DATE:  October 9, 2015
EVENT: Richards Family Farm & Livestock Day
TOPIC: Profitable Small Farms-Ranches while making Healthy Soils
LOCATION: Bangor, Saskatchewan, Canada
REGISTRATION STATUS: Closed – Information

Wondering how the day went? See results here.

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DATE:  October 13, 2015
EVENT: SG&R Farms Day
TOPIC: Capturing Carbon Through Cover Cropping
LOCATION: Rapid City, Forrest, Canada
REGISTRATION STATUS: Closed – Information

Wondering how the day went? See results here.

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DATE:  November 14, 2015
EVENT: Faith Hollow Ranch Day
TOPIC: Restoring Grassland in a Thorn Forest
LOCATION: Orange Grove, TX, USA
REGISTRATION STATUS: Closed – Information

Wondering how the day went? See results here.


2014 Schedule

DATE:  January 30, 2014
EVENT: Blackwood Bounty Farm Day at the TOFGA Annual Conference
TOPIC:  Maximizing the Water Cycle for Improved Productivity
LOCATION: Hempstead, TX, USA
REGISTRATION STATUS:Closed

Wondering how the day went? Check out our blog with participant results.

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DATE:  May 17, 2014
EVENT: TomKat Ranch Day
TOPIC:  Resilience through Dry Times
LOCATION: Pescadero, CA, USA
REGISTRATION STATUS:Closed

Wondering how the day went? Check out our blog with participant results.

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DATE:  June 20, 2014
EVENT: Tablas Creek Vineyard Day
TOPIC:  Integrating Livestock & Biodynamics in Farming Systems
LOCATION: Paso Robles, CA, USA
REGISTRATION STATUS: Closed

Wondering how the day went? Check out our blog with participant results.

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DATE:  July 12, 2014
EVENT: Ross Farm Day
TOPIC:  Managing Land for Drier Times
LOCATION: Granger, TX, USA
REGISTRATION STATUS:SOLD OUT

Wondering how the day went? Check out our blog with participant results.

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DATE:  August 9, 2014
EVENT:  JX Ranch Day
TOPIC:  Surviving Drought with Effective Ranch Practices and Profitable Marketing
LOCATION: Tucumcari, NM, USA
REGISTRATION STATUS: CLOSED

Wondering how the day went? Check out our blog with participant results.

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DATE:  August 22, 2014
EVENT:  Mesquite Grove Ranch Day
TOPIC:  Grazing Practices to Mitigate Drought
LOCATION: Jayton, TX, USA
REGISTRATION STATUS: CLOSED

Wondering how the day went? Check out our blog with participant results.

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DATE:  September 13
EVENT:  Dixon Ranches Mimms Unit Day
TOPIC:  Improving Land, Animal, and Water Health in a Drought
LOCATION:  Marfa, TX, USA
REGISTRATION STATUS: Closed

Wondering how the day went? Check out our blog with participant results.

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DATE:  September 19
EVENT:  Bar Lazy S Ranch Day
TOPIC: Developing a Small Diversified Ranch
LOCATION: Los Lunas, NM, USA
REGISTRATION STATUS:Closed

Wondering how the day went? Check out our blog with participant results.

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DATE:  October 25, 2014
EVENT:  Montesino Ranch Day
TOPIC:  A Whole Farm Approach to Improving the Water Cycle
LOCATION: Wimberley, TX, USA
REGISTRATION STATUS:Closed

Wondering how the day went? Check out our blog with participant results.

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DATE:  November 8, 2014
EVENT:  Dixon Water Foundation Leo Ranch Day
TOPIC:  Improve Land & Water with Holistic Management
LOCATION: Decatur, TX, USA
REGISTRATION STATUS:Closed

Wondering how the day went? Check out our blog with participant results.

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DATE:  November 9, 2014
EVENT:  Running High Ranch Day
TOPIC:  Planned Grazing to Improve the Water Cycle
LOCATION: Bowie, TX, USA
REGISTRATION STATUS:Closed

Wondering how the day went? Check out our blog with participant results.

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At HMI, we are dedicated to measuring and reporting on the defectiveness of our programs. Read all about our 2013 progrm in the  Open Gate 2013 Series Report

2013 Schedule

DATE:  May 10, 2013
EVENT: Paicines Ranch Day
TOPIC:  Increasing Profit, Production, and Performance for a Sustainable Ranch Operation
LOCATION: Paicines, CA, USA
REGISTRATION STATUS:Closed

Wondering how the day went? Check out our blog with participant results.

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DATE:  May 10, 2013
EVENT:  Spring Creek Ranch  Day
TOPIC: Grazing Practices to Mitigate Drought
LOCATION:  Boerne, TX, USA
REGISTRATION STATUS:Closed

Wondering how the day went? Check out our blog with participant results.

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DATE:  August 9, 2013
EVENT:  Mesteno Draw Ranch Day
TOPIC: Sustainable Practices to Mitigate Drought
LOCATION: Mountainair,  NM, USA
REGISTRATION STATUS:  Closed

Wondering how the day went? Check out our blog with participant results.

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DATE:  September 18, 2013
EVENT:  Paine Family Farm Day
TOPIC: Improving Farm Resilience with Native Grasses & Whole Farm Planning
LOCATION:  Columbus, WI, USA
REGISTRATION STATUS:Closed

Wondering how the day went? Check out our blog with participant results.

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DATE:  September 21, 2013
EVENT:  Log Cabin Livestock Farm  Day
TOPIC:  Healthy Soil, Multi-Species Grazing & Effective Water Systems
LOCATION: Traunik, MI, USA
REGISTRATION STATUS:Closed

Wondering how the day went? Check out our blog with participant results.

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DATE:  September 23, 2013
EVENT:  Creekside Meadows Farm Day
TOPIC:  Diverse, Innovative Small Farm Production Practices
LOCATION:  Deruyter, NY, USA
REGISTRATION STATUS: Closed

Wondering how the day went? Check out our blog with participant results.

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DATE:  September 26-27, 2013
EVENT:  KTS Farm Day at 13th Annual NODPA Field Days
TOPIC:  Seasonal Organic Dairy Sustainability
LOCATION: Mansfield, PA, USA
REGISTRATION STATUS:Closed

Wondering how the day went? Check out our blog with participant results.

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DATE:  October 5, 2013
EVENT: Cornelsen Ranch  Day
TOPIC: Grazing Practices to Mitigate Drought
LOCATION:  Cleo Springs, OK, USA
REGISTRATION STATUS:Closed

Wondering how the day went? Check out our blog with participant results.

 

Expand Your Reach

Hosting an on-farm day is a great way to make a positive impact in your community. If you are interested in possibly hosting such an event or presenting a sustainable agriculture topic, please email Kathy Harris, our Director of Programs for more information, at kathyh(AT)holisticmanagement(DOT)org.

Our Open Gate On-Farm Learning Series offers organizations, agencies and businesses a great opportunity to network with farmers and ranchers interested in sustainable agricultural  ideas, products and  services.  We offer a variety of sponsorship opportunities to connect you with our community. Please email Stephanie von Ancken at stephv(AT)holisticmanagement(DOT)org for more information.