Helping their Field of Dreams Come True
Meet the New Face of Agriculture
November 4, 2017 – March 4, 2018
“There is hope for all of us! I can make this happen.” – former program participant
Farmers and ranchers are digging in and getting down to business. HMI’s Beginning Farmers & Ranchers Program is helping to show them the way. The objective of this program is to educate and empower beginning and existing farmers and ranchers so they are positioned to apply Holistic Management principles and practices in order to build successful businesses.
Our Beginning Farmers & Ranchers Program in Texas & Oklahoma is open to ALL farmers/ranchers/land managers who want to learn how to holistically manage their business. There will be time in class to network with others and get feedback on class assignments.
Learn on the land at 5 different Holistically Managed sites and be inspired by diverse practices, all unique to each operation. See intensive planned grazing at work at the multi-award winning Birdwell & Clark Ranch, where quality of life is emphasized and where healthy ecosystems thrive. Discover how they have used livestock to regenerate soils, restore native prairie grasses, improve water cycling and storage, and create better wildlife habitat.
Creating a Whole Farm/Ranch Plan means looking at your operation as a whole ecosystem and creating a path toward the goal that encompasses your deepest values and most glorious dreams. We take you step by step through creating the whole farm/ranch plan in a series of 10 classes over 5 months. We recommend additional resources so that you can go as deep as you choose into the parts of your plan. You will:
• Create a Whole Farm Inventory so that you are always aware of your own resources such as land, tools, animals, time, people, money, knowledge and skills.
•Form your all-important Holistic Goal that leads your every decision toward your dream.
•Learn to make those decisions in a quick and efficient manner with Holistic Decision Testing
• Become much more knowledgeable about your environment, learning to read the land and create a Holistic Monitoring Plan to watch for changes so you know you are moving toward your goal.
• Learn how management tools affect the land differently in different climates and how to best use those tools in your environment.
• Create a Time Management Plan to be sure all the tasks for every enterprise happen without crowding and overlap of your precious time.
• Discover how animals impact the land and how you can maximize positive effects with Holistic Planned Grazing. You will create a Grazing Plan for your operation. For those who are croppers, we will help you understand the steps, sequences and integration of a crop plan into your financial and grazing plans. (See our Getting Started Online Course in Holistic Cropping Planning for more information.)
•Analyze the financial aspects of each enterprise in your operation, your month-by-month cash flow and how to plan for profit. You will create a Holistic Financial Plan for your operation.
• Learn the different strategies to market what you produce and create a Marketing Plan for your operation that supports your Holistic Goal.
• Create a Business Plan for your operation that will help your team keep their eyes on the ball and can be used for borrowing and seeking investment.
•Learn many aspects of planning your landscapes and infrastructure for maximum ease and productivity, and how to implement the plan in conjunction with your financial plan. You will create a Holistic Land Plan.
• Learn to communicate better with others, build an effective management team and become a better leader.
• Emerge from the training with a great circle of friends you can count on to help you continue to improve your Holistic Management practice. You will be invited to join a regional management club that meets at different classmate or alumni farms and ranches for continuing education.
All classes are facilitated by Holistic Management Certified Educators and assisted by Certified Educators or Certified Educators-in-training. Certified Educators go through a multi-year intensive program of learning, practicing, teaching and consulting in Holistic Management to help you understand and begin to practice these principles and practices. We meet on farms and ranches to include experiential exercises out on the land.
HMI is pleased to announce that the Beginning Farmers & Ranchers Program and many of our other courses qualify for FSA Borrower Training Credit. Find out More.
You will receive a certificate upon completion of this course.
Costs, Scholarships and Registration
Cost for the entire program is only $700 and $300 for a 2nd farm/ranch partner, thanks to generous support by others who believe in its effectiveness. A payment plan for $749 (1 person) in 3 payment installations is available, as well.
Full and Partial Scholarships are available based on financial need and suitability for the class. If you are interested in learning more about our scholarships, click here. Scholarship applications are due by October 31, 2017. (Be detailed and specific on your application.)
Due to the somewhat remote locations, we ask that you bring your lunch to each day of training. A shared meal the evening between classes is an opportunity for getting to know each other better. This meal is optional and will cost you $20-$25. You will have a chance to sign up for the group meal ahead of each class.
Registration closes October 31, 2017. Act soon, as we have very limited space available. If you are unable to register online, please fill out the HMI Event Registration Form and mail along with your check or money order to:
HMI Registration Dept.
5941 Jefferson St. NE, Ste B
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Money Back Guarantee
HMI stands behind our training programs. If you participate fully in this training program by attending all sessions and completing all assignments satisfactorily, and if you are not completely satisfied within 10 days of program completion, we will refund your registration fees.
1) Attend all of the 5 two-day training sessions, held once a month on the dates and locations in the schedule below. You have asked, through surveys and other feedback, to have these classes on weekends so that is what we are offering for the first time this year. The training, training materials and management clubs are provided by the program. You are responsible for your own transportation, food and overnight accommodations. You will be provided with a roster to facilitate carpooling and partnering on sleeping arrangements.
2) Attend, if possible, the evening sessions, designed to eat, play and laugh together as part of the process for building a strong network. We view this evening between class days as both a perk and an important part of the on-going success of your network.
3) Do your homework and be prepared for class. There is some reading and planning involved. By registering, you are committing to taking the time to prepare for each class.
4) Participate in the list serve. You will be invited to participate in a yahoo group entitled Beginning Farmers and Ranchers –TX. Participation in this group is essential since it is the format for sending and receiving all instructions for class and other resources. Discussions with current and previous class members are happening here and on a facebook group set up for that purpose.
6) Participate in your management club, a regional study group that will form at the end of the 5 course sessions and will meet roughly monthly for the rest of the first year (after that the group decides when and where to meet). This group will be the basis of your peer support network.
Session 1–November 4-5, 2017, Birdwell & Clark Ranch, Henrietta, TX
- Improving Results on Farms & Ranches with Holistic Management
- Holistic Whole Farm Planning – Putting it into Practice
- Creating Healthy Land: Understanding the Four Ecosystem Processes
- Assessing Land Health & Productivity: Holistic Management Biological Monitoring
- Holistic Management Biological Monitoring: Croplands
Session 2 –December 2-3, 2017, Triple Cross Farm, Fruitvale, TX
- A Holistic Approach to Time Management
- Creating Healthy Land: Tools for Managing Our Ecosystem
- Increasing Forage & Animal Productivity: Holistic Management Grazing Planning
Session 3 –January 6-7, 2018 The Noble Foundation, Ardmore, OK
- Holistic Financial Planning: Planning for Financial Success
Session 4 – February 3-4, 2018, North Central Texas College, Gainesville, TX
- Marketing & Business Planning for Small & Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
Session 5–March 3-4, 2018, Dixon Ranches – Leo Unit The Josey Pavilion, Gainesville, TX
- Creating the Farm/Ranch of Your Dreams: Holistic Management® Land Planning
- A Holistic Approach to Leadership & Communication Skills
Guy Glosson, Holistic Management Certified Educator and Mesquite Grove Ranch Manager
Guy has been repeatedly recognized for outstanding land stewardship and livestock handling and has over 30 years of experience in ranch management, low-stress livestock handling and consulting to farmers and ranchers. Down to earth, with an engaging style, Guy has coached hundreds of people in his successful management methods. Under his holistic approach to land stewardship, he has enhanced the fertility and profitability of the ranch where he has been a manager for the past 26 years. In 2011, he was recognized for his success with the award for Outstanding Leadership in Ranching from the Quivira Coalition, an organization dedicated to bringing together ranchers, environmentalists, scientists and public land stewards in the American West. Mesquite Grove Ranch, under Guy’s management, received the prestigious Lone Star Land Steward Award from Texas Parks and Wildlife.
Deborah Clark, Holistic Management Certified Educator, Birdwell & Clark Ranch
Deborah Clark and her husband Emry Birdwell run a herd of up to 5,000 head of stockers on the 14,000-acre Birdwell & Clark Ranch in Clay County. The primary focus of the grazing practices has been to consistently improve range conditions while monitoring impact on wildlife and enhancing habitat. Emry has been a practitioner of Holistic Management since the early 1980s and Deborah has been involved in Holistic Management since 2009. She began her Certified Educator training last year and hopes to help others learn to manage land in a way that keeps the business and the land healthy.
CD Pounds, Holistic Management Certified Educator, Triple Cross Farm
After going through the HMI Beginning Women Farmers program, C.D. Pounds decided to enter the Holistic Management Certified Educator training and is a facilitator and mentor. She owns Triple Cross Farm in Fruitvale, Texas. Her farm is used as a teaching facility, corporate retreats and a wedding venue. She and her husband, Bobby, raise grass-fed beef and a variety of organic vegetables in their raised beds. Her passion is in teaching others how to improve soil health through Holistic Grazing Planning and the application of compost teas.
Kim Barker has managed Walnut Creek Farm near Waynoka, Oklahoma since 1970. Previously they produced wheat, milo, and cattle. Today they direct-market grass fed beef and lamb, pastured pork, chicken, and eggs under their Walnut Creek Farms label. The ranch consists of about 5,200 acres of mostly native grasses. Kim has spoken to groups all over the United States mostly about local foods, grazing management, and Holistic Management. Kim has also been engaged in farmer to farmer projects and consulting in Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, and Ukraine.
Dr. Lisa Bellows, Chair of Math & Science Initiatives, Biology Instructor, North Central Texas College
Dr. Lisa Bellows is a science professor at North Central Texas College in Gainesville, TX and serves as the director of the Thomsen Foundation in Montague County, The Foundation was recently recognized by Texas Parks and Wildlife as a winner of the Texas Parks and Wildlife 2013 Lone Star Land Steward Award. Its mission is to provide research and education programs, with a focus on place-based environmental education for students as well as educators. Lisa, a Holistic Management Certified Educator, is also involved in the PACE Project, a partnership among NCTC, The Noble Foundation, Texas Agrilife Extension and the Gainsville Independent School District using school property to provide a learning environment focusing on ecologically and financially sustainable initiatives to educate others on how to improve land health, social and economic impact.
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Our Beginning Farmers and Ranchers program offers organizations, agencies and businesses a great opportunity to network with farmers, ranchers and consumers interested in sustainable agricultural ideas, products and services. We offer a variety of affordable Sponsorship Opportunities to connect you with our community. Please email Stephanie von Ancken at [email protected] for more information.