HMI is committed to engaging and supporting a diverse community of holistic managers — people who acknowledge that humans are a part of the natural world and must engage in restorative reciprocity to create healthy land, healthy food, and healthy lives. HMI recognizes that diversity in nature strengthens and protects the health of the whole ecosystem. The core foundation of Holistic Management acknowledges that all of life is interconnected and that any impact on a part also impacts the whole. The same is true within our human community. We have a policy and practice of inclusion and acceptance not limited to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and place of origin. Further, we acknowledge that the concept of holism is embedded in many Indigenous and traditional agricultural practices.
We acknowledge that our office is located on land currently known as New Mexico that is the ancestral and present-day home to the Apache, Diné, Tewa, and Pueblo Tribes and peoples. This land also housed places of trade, gathering, and ceremony for numerous other Indigenous Tribes, some of which are still used in such ways.
We recognize Indigenous peoples as long-standing stewards of the Southwest, with extensive knowledge and practice of agriculture and land management. We acknowledge that much of their knowledge and rich history and tradition was suppressed, destroyed, and misappropriated and that their land was forcibly taken from them and other BIPOC land stewards.
This statement is only a first step and the starting point to the work that we choose to do at HMI. As fellow land stewards, we honor and respect the peoples who have cared for this land since time immemorial, and commit to being better stewards of the land ourselves. We also commit to building partnerships with and providing an open and inviting learning experience to support BIPOC peoples in their work to restore healthy, resilient lands and thriving communities.
We work to evolve and adapt the tools and practices of Holistic Management based on new and remembered ways of partnering with Nature. We offer this framework as a process that can be adapted by communities to serve their needs as they engage in restorative reciprocity and weave their own knowledge and experience into the Holistic Management framework.
We offer our thoughts, prayers, and actions to support our Indigenous communities, who at this time face exacerbated impacts of COVID-19.
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