We’re excited to release our final report for Growing Successful Transitions with Beginning Women Farmer Programs in the Northeast and Texas 2014. This year, 127 women participated in the program, which teaches Holistic Management® Whole Farm/Ranch Planning; with 98 participants graduating. The program impacted 43,403 acres of land, and HMI is happy to report that we received a 98 percent program satisfaction rate from our participants. We also accepted nine women into the Beginning Women Whole Farm Planning Trainer Program, and hope to train more this upcoming year.
The program is primarily funded by a grant from USDA/NIFA (Award #2012-49400-19673) with additional funding provided by Farm Aid and The Clif Bar Family Foundation.
IS this programme available to women in California?
Sandy Langelier says
Thanks for your inquiry. Our current USDA grant just covers the Northeast and Texas, but we are looking for funding opportunities to bring this program to California. You can also enroll in our Getting Started Online learning course. The next one starts on October 16. https://holisticmanagement.org/training-programs/getting-started/ Also, be sure to sign up for our newsletter and you’ll get notifications on when we are running learning days and courses in California. https://holisticmanagement.org/free-e-newsletter/
Lauri Livingston says
I have a 27 acre farm in SC and am in desperate need of bringing it back to life.
I’ve spent the past 13 years Clearing brush and putting in pasture but the nutritional value of the land is practically gone due to the clear cutting prior to my buying it.
I can’t travel to a class as I’m also a hospice nurse who’s job has paid for the farm. I have horses who’s manure has helped with fertilization. We just put in 2 new pastures of about 4 acres each but grass is not growing.
What and where can I find information?
Carrie Stearns says
Hi Lauri, using your horses is a great start! Are you looking to graze or pasture any other animals? We think you should begin with our Free Downloads (find those under the Training tab on the menu) and you can review some of our material – especially the Grazing Planning download. If you want to dig deeper, you might consider one of our Online or Distance Learning courses so you can have guidance on applying these techniques specifically to your farm. Those courses can be found on our Training Programs page (also under the Training tab on the menu).