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HMI’s Online Learning Series Getting Started Introduction to Holistic Management® Whole Farm/Ranch Planning course began in March 2014 with 37 participants from all around the world. This course focused on key Holistic Management planning concepts and principles to help participants manage their farm/ranch for the triple bottom line (social, environmental, and financial sustainability) and more effectively manage resources. The participants were excited to improve their ability to observe, understand, and make decisions, based on what they can control. Through these new skills the participants are eager to improve their ability to work with nature and to increase their productivity.
After surveying the participants who completed the Getting Started Introduction to Holistic Management® Whole Farm/Ranch Planning course, a high number of participants experienced knowledge and behavior changes with:
|Getting Started Introduction to Whole Farm Planning Evaluation Results|
|Knowledge/Behavior and Confidence Increase||% Increase|
|Ability to develop a whole farm goal||100%|
|Ability to define a management team||93%|
|Understand how to inventory farm resources||93%|
|Ability to make complex on-farm decisions||93%|
|Ability to assess ecosystem health||93%|
|Ability to identify needed systems and protocols to create a successful farm||87%|
|Ability to integrate social, economic and environmental factors into decisions||80%|
|Ability to understand ecosystem health||80%|
|% of Participants|
|Overall Satisfaction of the course||93%|
“I really enjoyed the module on observing the ecosystem and learning about the different ways to have an impact on the environment.”
“I learned how to integrate different factors into my overall decision making process.”
“Stop and think, run through the list, don’t just go with the emotional decisions.”
“At this point for me, the process of looking at holistic goals — vision statements – and all were really helpful.”
“I learned so much! I think the process itself was incredibly valuable-starting from creating the goal and vision to and through the processes for evaluating what is there, what should be there-and figuring out how to get ‘there.’”
“I enjoyed learning about how to make a holistic goal as well as learning more about the biological processes and how to identify a healthy environment based on my specific area on the brittleness scale.”
“Goal setting was a real eye-opener for me. My parents were always content to do the same things every year with no real plan for anything more. Learning about the testing questions, especially in the context of working toward my goals, will be very useful. “
“I found the course to be a great introduction to Holistic Management. I have realized that holistic planned grazing is not as big a step as I had first feared and should not cost anything other than brainpower to implement.”
Jane Wilemon says
I would like to have access to the information covered in this on-line course. Is that a possibility? Thanks!
Sandy Langelier says
We are offering this course again. Starting on August 28. You can get the details here….