HMI’s Getting Started Holistic Land Planning online course began in January 2015 with 21 participants from all around the world. The course was co-taught by Certified Educators Roland Kroos and Ann Adams. This course focused on the key holistic land planning design principles and practices to allow participants to more effectively manage all their resources.
This simple approach to land planning helped the participants explore key infrastructure/land improvement projects in the context of their whole farm/ranch goal to better analyze design possibilities for improved return on investment. Participants developed management consideration lists, land plan options and explored tool options and the return on investment of the different land planning options using the Holistic Management decision making framework and considering how such options will affect land productivity.
70% of the participants are currently farming and were eager to explore numerous land planning principles and practices, giving feedback to each other through the discussion forum.
Participants noted increased knowledge, behavior and confidence with the following topics:
- How to prioritize land/infrastructure development/investments
- Design strategies that can build resilient, diversified farms
- How to assess management considerations to guide land planning
- How to incorporate natural resources issues on your farm into land planning
- How to incorporate social/legal/contractual considerations into land planning
- How permaculture methods fit into Holistic Land Planning
- The ability to prioritize land or infrastructure improvements on a farm/ranch
- The ability to incorporate farm natural resources issues into land planning
- The ability to incorporate social/legal considerations into land planning
Here’s what the participants had to say about the course and what they learned and explored:
“Definitely learning to use Google Earth for this course will be a huge asset for my farm planning in the future.”
“[The most useful thing I learned was] using computer programs and physical maps for planning.”
“I like the permaculture idea of designing to the desired condition, not fighting against the existing one.”
“I relate really well to the Zone idea. I practice that at home and it is really effective in making decisions that ease management of the spaces and makes life much more enjoyable.”
“The financial weak link seems like an outstanding way to prioritize projects and enterprises and to enable one to address all the important factors.”
“Learning about SMART goals is very helpful. I will keep a notebook and use the formats presented in the week’s lessons.”
“Prioritization makes implementation of land/infrastructure easier because it gives a plan of attack and what to hit first.”
“HMI’s Getting Started Holistic Land Planning Course helped me turn my future goals for my property into a working plan. The course allowed me to prioritize projects based on return on investments and how they addressed my holistic goal. I like the ‘go slow to go fast’ ideology that was introduced to me in this course. I will definitely be using this advice as I start to implement changes on my land to suit its future purpose.”