Dear HMI Community,
What is Holistic Management to you?
Earlier in the year we had interesting conversations and feedback when we put this question to our
Certified Educator community. We had about as many different responses as there were respondents.
That is because what we do has relevance in many different realms. Everyone agrees that people, a
Holistic Goal, weighing decisions toward that goal for adaptive management, and an effective feedback
loop are central to what we accomplish. The outcomes and successes are as varied and diverse as the
landscapes, communities, and individuals who use these principles and tools.
IN PRACTICE, HMI’s bimonthly publication, eloquently documents the stories and experiences of
our community. Each issue showcases what people on the land and in rural communities are able to
achieve through the practice and application of holistic thinking and management. It has documented
the extraordinary accomplishments of our diverse and innovative community.
Decisions drive change. Management is doing, engaging and taking decisive actions. We need
action with informed decisions to function in complex environments. Monitoring, then interpreting
and acting on the monitoring data to create balanced and sustained progress to improve ecosystem
function, profitability, team performance and satisfaction, and whatever other component of the whole is
important to the people involved.
We are also pleased to report that with the help of our Certified Educators HMI educated 6,436
people in 2021. These people influence almost 6.8 million acres of land across the world. These
statistics show the influence and reach of our Certified Educator community and underlines the
significance of HMI’s Certified Educator program to support more Holistic Management educators.
HMI is working hard to serve a diverse array of producers, from whatever community, environment
or aspect of farming they are involved in. We have created different tiers of Holistic Management
educators, realizing that various levels of educators and skills level can all contribute to spreading
awareness, supporting practice, and mentoring. We provided 88 partial or full scholarships in
2021 worth $25,450. At least 30% of the scholarships went to people from historically under-served
communities, and 63% of scholarships were awarded to women.
We continue to work on refining both our learning and post-training support programs to maximize
the 75+ days of training we deliver each year with the help of 143 collaborating organizations. HMI’s
board has also allocated funds for us to develop and refine both mentor programs and online, self-paced
learning programs as part of our efforts to reach more people and be relevant to them with their
We are proud of what we have achieved and want to offer a special thanks to HMI’s dedicated and
passionate staff. This is a great team doing crucial work.
We look forward to executing our plans in 2023 and building on our 2022 work. These successes
and unlocking the potential of HMI can only happen with your support, interest, and participation. We look forward to joining you on your journey, and are grateful for all our students, supporters, donors,
Wayne Knight, Executive Director
Walter Lynn, Board Chair
Click here to read the full annual report.