Revitalizing the Grasslands of Mother Cabrini Shrine with Holistic Planned Grazing
November 15, 2022 | 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
HMI is teaming up with Pam Fromhertz of Mother Cabrini Shrine to introduce folks to Holistic Management and Holistic Planned Grazing and the many benefits to soil, ecosystem, and land health.
Discussion topics will include:
- Monitoring animal performance
- Maintaining animal conditions and destocking in drought or emergency situations
- Reducing the risk of financial loss and ecosystem degradation
- Decision-making for effective, low-risk infrastructure
$20, includes lunch. Register soon, as we have limited space available.
Scholarship Deadline: November 9, 2022
Registration Deadline: November 13, 2022
Financial Assistance Available! (If you are in need of financial assistance please apply for a scholarship below.)
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About Mother Cabrini Shrine
Mother Cabrini purchased land west of Denver in 1909, initially as a summer place for the girls of her orphanage. She ended up purchasing three tracks of land over three years in Golden, Colorado. The land was farmed by the Sisters for many years. Then the farming operations transitioned to haying and is now leased for cattle grazing. A couple of hundred elk along with other wildlife live on the land, particularly, the grasses.
Pam Fromhertz heard the concerns about the elk overgrazing and their worries about potentially not being able to continue to lease the land for cattle grazing. She had been taking several classes at Holistic Management International and offered to employ what she was learning on the 400 acres that are leased for the cattle grazing. They were skeptical at first saying her approach was counter-intuitive. Mother Cabrini has a way of divinely intervening and low and behold a relative of Tom Francis, caretaker and mechanical staff, was visiting the Shrine. And it just so happens that Tom’s cousin has owned a cattle ranch in Idaho for many years and uses Holistic Management on his land. He even said, “that is the only way one can succeed”.
Pam began working with the Shrines’ Executive Director and Tom identifying their Holistic Goal:
Mission – Maintain agricultural status for tax purposes, sustain peacefulness of the property and be good land stewards.
Vision – Improve and maintain healthy land, restoring it to optimum health for the animals and brimming with beauty for the visitors.
Goal – Utilize Holistic Management, regenerative agricultural and intensive rotational grazing principles to restore and maintain healthy soil and grasses so the animals can thrive on the land.
In addition, they hired an experienced rancher, Ken Klemm, to conduct a Rangeland assessment and have been working with NRCS. Based on those inputs the first steps were to create 20 acre pastures and grazing plans. They were awarded an NRCS EQUP contract which will reimburse them for some of the fencing expenses. This past year three pastures were successfully built and grazed rotationally. Pam conducted a safe to fail, low-risk, low-cost experiment on a 50’x50’ area a year ago and has been documenting the results.
Linda Pechin-Long – Owner/Operator, Graze the Prairie & Holistic Management Certified Educator
Linda and her husband Keith Long own and operate Graze The Prairie, a cow/calf and direct-to-consumer operation. Graze The Prairie is located in the Kansas Flinthills where they manage about 2000 acres on a ranch in the very Southern part of The Tall Grass Prairie, one of the most endangered ecosystems in the world. They graze their animals year-round on native tallgrass prairie grasses. Holistically Planned Grazing, high stock density and planned recoveries, moving our cattle daily in the growing season and twice weekly in the dormant season mimics the movement of animals that historically lived on the prairie and is in concert with how the prairie evolved. As an HMI Certified Educator in training Linda works to help others learn to manage their resources in a way that keeps the business, land, family, and community healthy and thriving.
Pam completed a successful career as a geodetic engineer with NOAA to embark on her passions – bison and land restoration. She first heard about Holistic Management from Roland Kroos, a long time Certified Educator with HMI and realized her passion for it. So she took as many Holistic Management classes, workshops and field visits as she could. It made perfect sense to look at the whole and she always recognized how one action affects so much more than the obvious. Mother Cabrini has offered her the perfect opportunity to practice what she has been learning. She is now addressing the value of the land to discover if the approach to healthier lands can be explored at a deeper level. Pam has recently created “Your Return To Land” business to connect people back to healthier lands and healthier living.
Scholarship funding support comes from the L&L Nippert Charitable Foundation.
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