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Managing Your Time and Your Pastures with Holistic Management
June 24, 2017
Heather Ridge Farm
Preston Hollow, New York
Our Heather Ridge Farm Day is part of HMI’s Open Gate Learning Series. Open Gates are peer-to-peer action-based learning days with short presentations and small group exercises geared for participants to share discoveries and management techniques with guidance from experienced facilitators and producers.
Holistic Management works with nature, not against it. We will discuss planet and animal-friendly management techniques that lead to richer soil, improved water containment, nutrient-dense food, more successful farms and ranches, and thriving communities.
Whether you are an agricultural producer (or desire to be), managing land, a locavore, a foodie, or a person interested in holistic planning practices for your life this is a day for you.
What to Expect
At the Heather Ridge Farm Day, you will…
- Learn how Holistic Management enables producers to better manage risk, make better decisions and enjoy the benefits of regenerative agriculture
- Explore the possibilities in maintaining land health and profitability while offering healthy, local food and living the quality of life you want
- Discover Holistic Management Time Management Practices and Pasture Monitoring
- Hear the Heather Ridge Farm story and tour the farm
- Discuss grass animal production
- Enjoy a fabulous lunch of Heather Ridge catered food from their on farm Bees Knees Cafe
Advanced registration is $25 per person (includes lunch). On-line registration closes June 19, 2017. Walk in registration is $35 per person, if available.
Student discount available! Please email [email protected] for more information on how to register.
Register soon, as we have limited space available. Sorry, registration fees are non-refundable.
If you are unable to register online, please fill out the HMI Event Registration Form and mail along with your check or money order to:HMI Registration Dept.
5941 Jefferson St. NE, Ste B
Albuquerque, NM 87109
This is a rain or shine event. We will be spending parts of the day out on the land, and boots or other enclosed protective footwear, as well as long pants, are recommended. Please bring your own water bottle.
|Saturday||June 24, 2017|
|9:00 am||Registration and Social|
|9:30 am||Welcome & Introductions - S. Williford|
|9:45 am||The Story of Heather Ridge Farm - C. Clement|
|10:00 am||Time Management for busy farmers, strategies that work - S. Williford|
|11:30 am||USDA opportunities and financial assistance for farmers (FSA & NRCS)|
|Noon||Fabulous lunch prepared by on farm Bees Knees Cafe from their own grass-fed meats (gluten-free and vegetarian options in a buffet style meal)|
|12:45 pm||Getting your animals to work for you: Tour Heather Ridge farm with owner Carol around her highly diversified and successful operation with a popular following. - C. Clement|
|2:00 pm||Understanding and improving soil health in the pasture - E. Marks|
|3:00 pm||Q&A, Discussion and Evaluation|
Heather Ridge Farm and Bees Knees Cafe
989 Broome Center Road
Preston Hollow, NY 12469
Heather Ridge Farm is a working farm with a farm store and café. Located in the Catskill Mountains, in upstate New York, Heather Ridge Farm includes a Farm Store and outdoor/indoor Bees Knees Café. Heather Ridge Farm offers retail cuts of pork, beef, lamb, goat, chicken, duck, guinea, geese, and turkey, all grown on the farm and available at the farm store or through their meat & poultry CSA. Their lamb and goat meats are certified Animal Welfare Approved Grassfed, and the heritage breed pastured pork and our eggs from pastured poultry are also Animal Welfare Approved. The farm makes own artisan sausages, pates, corned beef, smoked bacon, mustards, root beer syrup, and many other specialty products.
All the animals are lovingly raised in small groups on pasture in the fresh air with mountain spring water. All are guarded by diligent llamas. The cattle, goats and lambs are entirely grass fed, and the pigs, chickens and turkeys have all the fresh grass they want as well as being supplemented with a natural grain mix custom-made for them. These animals receive no antibiotics, no hormones, no animal by-products in their feed and there are no chemical fertilizers used on the pastures. Heather Ridge Farm uses organic methods, but are not certified organic.
Heather Ridge Farm is in the northern Catskill Mountains, bordering the Hudson River Valley, 2-1/2 hours from Manhattan, one hour from Albany, or one hour from Kingston.
The following directions are preferable to GPS directions:
From the blinking red light at the junction of Rt. 145 and Rt. 81 (Cooksburgh), look for Heather Ridge Farm sign. Go west one mile into the hamlet of Potter Hollow (on the extension of Rt. 81). In the hamlet, take the right fork at the Cotter Equestrian Center on to Scott Patent Road (Rt. 362). Look for another Heather Ridge Farm sign. Go just over 3 miles, mostly uphill. The Heather Ridge Farm yellow farmhouse is on the right. and a parking lot will be on the left. As you travel up Scott Patent Road, the name of the road changes to Broome Center Road (Rt. 61), but it is not an intersection, just a county line.
If you are driving from the north, do not turn off Rt. 145 onto Stone Store Road due to very rough seasonal roads that way. Instead, continue south on Rt. 145, going through the village of Preston Hollow and coming to the intersection of Rt. 81. Turn right there. Proceed as above … Go one mile into the hamlet of Potter Hollow (on the extension of Rt. 81). In the hamlet, take the right fork at the Cotter Equestrian Center on to Scott Patent Road (Rt. 362). Go just over 3 miles, mostly uphill. We are at 989 Broome Cente.
Sarah Williford, Holistic Management Whole Farm Practitioner and HMI Board Member
Sarah Williford is a Holistic Management Practitioner and gets to implement these practices on a cooperatively owned 90 acre farm in Walton, NY. She is the coordinator of the Holistic Management International NYS Beginning Farmer Program and sits on the Board of Holistic Management International. She’s been farming for 12 years and practicing holistic management since 2009. She also enjoys helping other farmers reach their quality of life goals, sharing resilient living skills and creating permaculture designs.
Carol Clement, Co-owner/operator Heather Ridge Farm and Bees Knees Cafe
After working in animation and marketing, Carol decided to bring the two hundred year old former dairy farm she lives on back to life as a new farm. Since 1999, together with her husband John Harrison, Carol has run Heather Ridge Farm, a livestock and poultry hill farm in the Catskill Mountains of New York. The original 1800s farmhouse serves as the farm’s store and café. Carol was honored to be chosen to represent the Catskill farming community at the Slow Food Conference in Turin, Italy in 2008, and is proud to run a farm that is certified Animal Welfare Approved and Certified Grassfed.
Elizabeth Marks, Biologist for USDA NRCS
Elizabeth Marks serves as a biologist for the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA NRCS) in the Hudson Valley (New York). A certified Holistic Management educator since 2013 she works with landowners to improve soil health and biological diversity on their farm or forest. In addition she is an instructor for NY’s Beginning Women Farmer Program and has taught workshops on HM principles. Elizabeth received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Mount Holyoke College. She lives in Chatham in a net-zero, energy efficient home she designed herself.
Sandra (Sandy) Scott, FSA
Sandra (Sandy) Scott has worked for the Farm Service Agency since August of 2010. Sandy graduated from Cornell University with her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with a concentration in dairy nutrition. Since December of 2015 she has been the County Executive Director (CED) in Schoharie- Schenectady-Albany County office and recently became a shared management CED in Otsego County. Before that she was the CED in the Columbia-Greene office and shared management with the Dutchess- Putnam-Ulster-Westchester service center for five years were she enjoyed working in the Hudson Valley and learning a great deal about the fruit and vegetable part of agriculture but now is closer to home . As the CED she runs the office and helps administer the farm programs and do outreach for the Counties she serves. She grew up on a 60 cow registered Jersey farm in Johnstown, NY that she and her sister recently took over from their parents and run with our herdsman. Her farm is Dreamroad Jerseys, LLC and they currently milk 80 Jerseys and merchandise surplus animals as show and breeding stock for other farms.
Thank you to the generous support of our Sponsors for helping to make this day possible:
Thank You to our Collaborators
Sponsor This Series
Our Open Gate series offers organizations, agencies and businesses a great opportunity to network with farmers, ranchers and consumers interested in sustainable agricultural ideas, products and services. We offer a variety of affordable Sponsorship Opportunities to connect you with our community. Please email Stephanie von Ancken at [email protected] for more information.