A Whole Farm Approach to Improving the Water CycleOctober 25, 2014 Montesino Ranch Wimberley, TX
Our Montesino Ranch 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.
Whether you are an agricultural producer, wildlife manager, land/water steward, local agency representative, or just interested in seeing how one local small ranch successfully manages a variety of enterprises, this day is for you.
What to Expect
At the Open Gate: Montesino Ranch Day, you’ll…
- See what fellow land managers are doing to maintain land health and profitability in a changing environment
- Learn how to create healthy soil and healthy food
- Discover agricultural practices that enhance stream health
- Understand how the water cycle works in order to improve livestock, vegetable and orchard production
- Practice biological monitoring techniques you can use on your farm or ranch
- Connect with local producers and consumers interested in healthy food, animals, and land
- Hear how Holistic Management enables producers to better manage risk, make better decisions and enjoy the benefits of sustainable agriculture
Advanced registration is $20 per person (includes lunch). You can register for the Montesino Ranch Day by clicking on the button to the right. Walk in registration is $30 per person, if available. Register soon, as we have limited space available. Sorry, registration fees are non-refundable. Online registration closes at 5pm on October 20, 2014. 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
5941 Jefferson St. NE, Ste B
Albuquerque, NM 87109
This is a rain or shine event. Please bring appropriate clothing and footwear.
|Saturday||October 25, 2014|
|9:00||Registration & Networking|
|9:30||Welcome & HMI Overview - P. Cole|
|9:35||An Introduction to Montesino Ranch – B. & S. Mitchell|
|9:45||Addressing the Challenges of Drought with Holistic Management – P. Sechrist|
|10:00||Ranch Tour – P. Gayler|
|11:00||What Is Your Land Telling You? – B. Ross with T. Litle|
|12:30||Lunch by Thyme and Dough|
|1:30||Water Cycles on the Ranch – P. Gayler & L. Celella|
|2:00||Assessing Water Quality - L. Sansome|
|3:00||Improving Resilience with a Whole Farm/Ranch Approach - P. Sechrist|
|3:30||Discussion / Q&A – P. Sechrist|
|4:00||Evaluation and Adjourn|
Location & DirectionsMontesino Ranch 300 Little Arkansas Rd Wimberley, TX
Montesino, Spanish for “little mountain.” is a 227-acre organic farm and ranch on the Blanco River in Wimberley, TX. From the organic farm in the bottomland to the wedding pavilion on the top, the ranch has a great deal of diversity. They raise Miniature Heritage Herefords and Dorper sheep for grass-fed meats, chickens and ducks for pastured eggs, peaches, figs, and a wide variety of vegetables, flowers and herbs. Horses and goats help entertain guests who come to enjoy the river, the hiking trails and the guest studios.
Montesino Ranch is located in Wimberley, TX. Come into Wimberley from any direction and take 3237 or Old Kyle Road east just a short way to Flite Acres Road. Turn onto Flite Acres Road, go 2 miles and turn right at Little Arkansas Road. Cross the river and Montesino Ranch is the first gate on the right. (don’t rely on your GPS)