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Carpool arrangements can be made here.
HMI’s 2016 Gathering
Paicines Ranch of Paicines, CA
October 14-16, 2016
Cultivating Community: Land, Food, Health is no ordinary conference! HMI invites you to beautiful Paicines Ranch in Paicines, California for our 2016 Gathering. Let’s grow together through a field day at the innovative ranch, fine dining, farm-fresh local foods and sessions on numerous health, food and sustainable topics that matter to you, making this an event you won’t forget.
Connect with innovative, solution-oriented and passionate farmers, ranchers, conservationists, authors, natural food/health professionals and our own Holistic Management community. Our special keynote speaker, “America’s Most Famous Farmer” himself, Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms, will be sure to inspire us all.
Cultivating Community: Land, Food, Health will kick off on October 14th with an Open Gate field day to highlight the Holistic Management practices that have been implemented at Paicines Ranch, a demonstration site for Holistic Management and regenerative agriculture. Thought-provoking presentations and breakout sessions on various consumer and producer interests will take place on October 15th and 16th.
Local food security, land health, strengthening our communities and nourishing our bodies all included! We have something for everyone, so come learn from the experts!
Holistic Management International’s Cultivating Community: Land, Food, Health promises to be a meaningful learning event as well as an opportunity to meet and connect with Holistic Management and regenerative land practitioners from around the world.
What to Expect
It’s all about supporting regenerative agriculture, building stronger communities and learning through our ranch field day and sessions. In between sessions, you’ll have time to catch up with old friends and make some new ones. Throughout these 3 days, we’ll feed your senses with rich conversation, nutritious and delicious food, beautiful landscapes and live entertainment.
Learn how Holistic Management practices and principles can:
- help us heal the earth
- grow nutrient-dense food
- improve wildlife habitat
- improve profitability and quality of life for the entire community
- cultivate more effective human relationships
October 14, 2016
Paicines Ranch Field Day with Lunch
Wine & Cheese Fundraiser Launch Party
October 15-16, 2016
Conference Sessions with Lunch
Saturday Evening Fine Dining, Cash Bar, Silent Auction, Live Entertainment and Dancing
Some of the many Conference Session topics include:
- Building Community through Farm Clusters and the Apprenticeship Program
- The Real Truth about Heart Disease
- Social Change in a Mason Jar: Rebuilding Local Food Systems with a Community Kitchen
- The Fibershed, Building a Movement
- Harnessing the Power of Livestock through Holistic Planned Grazing
- Connecting the Producer and Consumer through Cooking
- Gaia Bees
- Health, Diet and Natural Cures
- Mindfulness & Mindful Eating
- How Holistic Management Benefits our Agricultural Entrepreneurs
- Livestock on the Urban Interface – Innovative Uses of Holistic Management to Benefit Urban Communities
- Kombucha Camp 101
- and so much more!
October 17-18, 2016
Advanced Holistic Grazing Planning Workshop with Lunch
All events can be purchased separately.
Paicines Ranch Field Day
Grazing Innovations to Grow Soil Health
Friday, October 14, 2016
Spend a day getting down and dirty on the ranch! Well maybe not too dirty. But, we will get out on the land, observe the results of regenerative agriculture and see the animals.
We’ll focus on Paicines Ranch’s innovative management of livestock on both pasture and in cropping systems to build soil and learn about efforts to spread this important work.
This will be a fun learning day for all!
|Friday||October 14, 2016|
|9:30am||Introduction & Orientation, Paicines Ranch History - S. Calhoun|
|10:00am||Role of Bird Diversity in Habitat and Ecosystems Monitoring - M. Preston Demo: Bird Monitoring|
|11:00am||Managing Livestock for Ecosystem Health - S. Calhoun, J. Morris Exercise: Ecosystem Health Monitoring|
|12:30||Lunch - Paicines Ranch Grass-Fed Burgers|
|1:30pm||Designing Cropping Systems to Integrate Livestock & Discussion - K. Mulville; Role of Pollinators & Insects in Healthy Agricultural Ecosystems - E. Kerchner|
|3:30pm||Expanding Awareness Beyond the Ranch & Discussion - S. Calhoun|
|3:45pm||Q&A and Evaluations|
$30 if purchased separately, lunch is included. See Registration and Costs section for pricing options.
Paicines Ranch Field Day Speakers
The Gathering Wine & Cheese Fundraiser Launch Party
Friday Evening, October 14, 2016
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Join us for a fun, relaxing evening while supporting the great work of HMI. You’ll be able to experience a cornucopia of locally-sourced food and a wine tasting brought to you by local, sustainable winegrowers. Meet the HMI staff and Board of Directors, enjoy entertainment, dine and mingle as we celebrate healthy land, healthy food and healthy lives!
$50 to attend, sold separately from Gathering package.
Saturday, October 15, 2016 – Sunday, October 16, 2016
Are you a farmer or rancher seeking regenerative practices to make your operation more successful and eco-friendly?
A thoughtful parent who is becoming increasingly concerned about the quality of food in your child’s lunchbox?
A kombucha-drinking student interested in keeping bees or a permaculture garden?
Are you overworked, overstressed and want to learn how to properly feed your body and reach your maximum potential for a more fulfilling life?
Fresh-from-the-farm food will be served for lunch on both days. A special Saturday night banquet will highlight local, sustainably grown foods for a fine dining experience along with a silent auction. All three meals are included in the conference price. See Registration and Costs section for pricing options.
Cultivating Community: Land, Food, Health has something for everyone! Here’s a list of topics and speakers.
Saturday, October 15 Speakers and Topics
|Saturday, October 15, 2016||Main Barn||Club 25||Pole & Hay Barn|
|8:15am - 9:00am||Joel Salatin|
Building Community through Farm Clusters & the Apprenticeship Program
|9:00am - 10:00am||Dr. Allen Williams|
Growth of the Grass Fed Beef Market & How to Sustainably & Profitably Produce & Market Grass-Fed Beef
Conservation Grazing at the Santa Lucia Conservancy
Farmer, Rancher or Food Advocate: Learning the Basics of Holistic Management
|10:00am -11:00am||Hannah Crum|
Kombucha Kamp 101
Benefits of Working with Land Trusts
|Dr. Thomas Cowan|
The Real Truth about Heart Disease
The Fibershed, Building a Movement
|Dr. Judi Earl|
What Soil Can Do For Us
Decision-Making Discussion (for HMI Certified Educators)
|Noon - 1:30pm||Lunch prepared with delicious, local food|
|1:30pm - 2:30pm||Jessica Prentice|
Social Change in a Mason Jar: Rebuilding Local Food Systems with a Community Kitchen
Defining & Improving Grazing Land Sustainability
Improving Management of Working Landscapes through Understanding the Role of Culture
|2:30pm - 3:30pm||Seth Peterson|
Resetting the Dinner Table, Recreating our World: Connecting the Producer & Consumer through Cooking
Harnessing the Power of Livestock through Holistic Planned Grazing
No Regrets Initiative: Creating a Healthy Food System through Holistic Management
|3:30pm - 4:30pm||Owen Hablutzel|
Integrating Keyline, Permaculture & Holistic Management Practices
Creating Honeybee Sanctuaries; Biodynamic Apiculture; Holistic Apiaries
|Dr. Ann Adams|
At Home with Holistic Management: How to Incorporate Holistic Management Practices into Everyday Life
|4:30pm - 5:30pm||Chris Gill|
Wildlife Restoration & Drought Busters
|Dr. Jonathan Lundgren|
Heal the Soil to Save the Bees
How to Create Profit in Any Business
|6:00pm||Fine Dining and Cash Bar|
You Have a Role in Creating Healthy Land, Healthy Food & Healthy Lives
|8:00pm||Shawn Clark Family Band|
Live Music & Dancing
|10:00pm||Silent Auction Closes|
Sunday, October 16 Speakers and Topics
|Sunday, October 16, 2016||Main Barn||Club 25||Pole & Hay Barn|
|8:15am - 9:00am||Brock Dolman |
Big Picture on Water: Engaging Imagination & Creativity
Using Dynamic Budgeting to Reduce Climate & Price Risk when Selecting Enterprises
Costs & Benefits of Organic Certification
|9:00am - 10:00am||Global Holistic Management Panel|
Holistic Management: A Global Movement
|Roger A. Gonzales|
How Holistic Management Benefits our Agricultural Entrepreneurs
|Rob Rutherford, Beth Reynolds & John Cubiburu|
Livestock on the Urban Interface
|10:00am -11:00am||Owen Hablutzel|
Techniques & Methods for Group Facilitation
Agri-Tourism & Multiple Generation Family Ranch Succession
Mentoring the Next Generation of Ranchers
Modern Farm Marketing Skills to Gain Loyal Customers & Sell Your Products at Your Price
Wildlife Restoration Project & Sheep Grazing on the Topaz Solar Farm
|Dr. Libby Porzig|
Monitoring Ecological Function on Rangeland
|Noon - 1:30pm||Lunch prepared with delicious, local food|
|1:30pm - 2:30pm||Greg Judy|
How to Create a Profitable Business – Leasing vs. Owning Land
The Big Picture of Mindfulness & Mindful Eating
|Sarah Wentzel-Fisher, Kevin Watt & Dr. Ann Adams|
Hands On Learning: Integrating Holistic Management into New Agrarian, Mentor & Apprentice Programs
|2:30pm - 3:30pm||Paul & Elizabeth Kaiser|
Intensive, No-Till, Vegetable Production for Building Profitable Farms & Managing Healthy Farm Crews
Grass Fed Beef Niche Marketing
Using Community Based Social Marketing (CBSM) to Increase Adoption of Holistic Management
|3:30pm - 4:30pm||Brock Dolman|
Designing with Nature: Permaculture
|Richard McConnell & Tina Williams|
Addressing Livestock’s Emotional Needs for Better Production & Quality of Life
|Dr. Thomas Cowan|
Health, Diet & Natural Cures
Advanced Interactive Holistic Grazing Planning Workshop
Monday, October 17, 2016 – Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Are you ready to take your grazing management to a new level?
Interested in learning about innovative applications of grazing to improve the health of your land?
Do you want to spend 2 days with some of the most experienced grazing planners in the Holistic Management community?
This 2-day workshop, led by Australian pasture and grazing consultant Dr. Judi Earl, will be an interactive series of presentations on the more advanced topics of Holistic Planned Grazing. Several of our top Certified Educators and grazing specialists will tailor the discussion to participant’s needs and provide their combined experience and expertise to help solve your grazing problems.
Get ready to have your thinking about grazing be challenged and broadened. Bring your most perplexing grazing issues. Come with your questions about how to improve your planned grazing results. Spend two days learning and interacting with some of the best and most experienced Holistic Management graziers.
Register soon, class size is limited to ensure an interactive and effective learning experience. $395 for both days. Pre-requisite: Experience, education or knowledge of the basics of Holistic Grazing Planning (free Holistic Grazing Planning curriculum available here).
Topics included will be tailored to participants’ needs, likely including:
- Multiple mobs/herds of animals
- How to best fit grazing livestock into a diverse range of enterprises
- Single sire mating
- Multi-species grazing
- Grass finishing
- Meeting nutritional requirements of different classes of stock
- Livestock in vineyards or horticulture
- Planning for wildlife
Lunch included both days.
|Monday||October 17, 2016|
|9:00 am||Why Holistic Planned Grazing? - J. Earl|
|9:30 am||Holistic Planned Grazing of Annual & Perennial Crops - K. Mulville|
|11:00 am||Permaculture Aspects & Applications to Holistic Planned Grazing - O. Hablutzel|
|12:00 pm||A Global Perspective on Holistic Planned Grazing - K. Gadzia|
|2:00 pm||Interactive Farm Walk & discussions|
|4:00 pm||Q & A with all presenters|
|Tuesday||October 18, 2016|
|8:30 am||Review & Introduction to Day 2 - J. Earl|
|9:00 am||Features of Grazing software - R. Holmquist|
|10:30 am||Grazing Impacts on Soil Life; Grazing Strategies for Less Brittle Environments - B. Bartlett|
|11:30 am||Multi Species Planned Grazing - J. Earl|
|1:30 pm||Interactive Farm Walk & discussions|
|3:30 pm||Q & A with all presenters|
Advanced Interactive Holistic Grazing Planning Workshop Speakers
13388 Airline Hwy
Paicines, CA 95043
The historic Paicines Ranch produces 100% free range grassfed beef and hosts a variety of events. The unique facility consists of restored ranch buildings dating from the 1860s to the present. The ranch supports a wide variety of birds, plants, and animals as a result of its extensive grasslands and water features, including the Paicines Reservoir, the San Benito River, ponds and cienagas (swamps). Their intention is to preserve and enhance both the natural and man-made features of the ranch and make them accessible to visitors, while producing delicious pastured meats. Their pastures and row crops are all certified organic and they manage the ranch using the principles of Holistic Management.
GPS systems aren’t reliable in the area. Please follow these directions below:
Directions from San Jose:
- 101 South through Gilroy
- Exit Highway 25 toward Hollister – approx 12 miles to Hollister
- Stay on highway 25 – there is a bypass around the city of Hollister.
- Go 10-12 more miles – past Ridgemark golf course, Tres Pinos (speed limit 35), then past Bolado Park (county fairgrounds).
- Approx. 1 mile after you get to Paicines (general store on left) you will turn right on Cienega Road (about 10-12 miles from when you first entered Hollister).
- Cienega Road runs directly and immediately into the ranch driveway. Do NOT follow Cienega after it turns left – the ranch gate is immediately in front of you.
Registration and Costs
Scholarships are available. Email [email protected] to apply.
You can register online by clicking on the Register button. Ticket types and costs are shown below.
Friday, Oct 14th – lunch included
Saturday, Oct 15th – lunch and dinner included
Sunday, Oct 16th – lunch included
Monday & Tuesday, Oct 17-18 – lunch included
|Paicines Ranch Field Day||Friday Oct 14 (day only)||$30|
|Wine & Cheese Fundraiser Launch Party (must be purchased separately)||Friday Oct 14 (night only)||$50|
|2-Day Gathering (at the door, if available)||Saturday Oct 15 (day & night), Sunday Oct 16 (day)||$300|
|1-Day Gathering (at the door, if available)||Saturday Oct 15 (day & night) OR Sunday Oct 16 (day)||$175|
|Children’s Registration - 12 years and under||Friday Oct 14 (day) OR Saturday Oct 15 (day & night) OR Sunday Oct 16 (day)||$30 per day or $90 for 3 days|
|Post-Gathering Grazing Workshop (sold separately)||Monday Oct 17 (day) / Tuesday Oct 18 (day)||$395|
Cancellation Policy: Open Gate registration fees are non-refundable if cancelled. Registration fees for all other Gathering fees are as follows: Cancellations received up to 30 days prior to an event start date will receive a full refund. Cancellations received up to 14 days prior to an event start date will receive a 40% refund. No refunds will be given otherwise, unless in the event of dire emergency. This policy is required due to financial obligations incurred by HMI in planning these events. We appreciate your understanding.
Lodging is not included in the registration fee, but here are a few nearby options.
Camping at Paicines Ranch
$20 a day, showers and bathrooms available. Email [email protected] to reserve a spot. Space is limited. Bring your own gear. Almost sold out!
152 San Felipe Road
Hollister, California 95023
The Hollister Inn is located approximately 25 minutes from Paicines Ranch (the event location). A block of rooms has been reserved at a negotiated special event discount of $79.99 plus tax for a single room, $109 plus tax for a double room and $89.99 plus tax for a king room. In order to receive the special rate you MUST register by September 13th 2016. Be sure to mention “HMI Gathering” when reserving your room to take advantage of the discounted rate.
Best Western San Benito Inn
660 San Felipe Road
Hollister, California, 95023
The Best Western San Benito Inn is located approximately 25 minutes from Paicines Ranch (the event location). A block of rooms has been reserved at a negotiated special event discount of $99.99 plus tax for a single room and $109 plus tax for a double room. In order to receive the special rate you MUST register by October 12th 2016. Be sure to mention “HMI Gathering” when reserving your room to take advantage of the discounted rate.
Joshua Inn Bed & Breakfast
712 West Street
Hollister, CA 95023
The Joshua Inn B&B is a Victorian style boutique hotel located in Hollister, CA approximately 25 minutes from Paicines Ranch. Very few rooms are available so reserve early!
Ridgemark Golf and Country Club Lodge
3800 Airline Highway
Hollister, CA 95023
The Ridgemark Golf and Country Club Lodge is located 15 minutes from Paicines Ranch.
Please note – you are responsible for making your own hotel arrangements.
Sponsor This Event
This event offers organizations, agencies and businesses a great opportunity to network with people interested in local, nutritious food and farmers and ranchers interested in sustainable agricultural ideas, products and services. We offer a variety of affordable Sponsorship Opportunities to connect with and meet our community and seek donations for our silent auction. Click here for a flyer detailing sponsorship packages.
This event is made possible thanks to the generosity of our sponsors.