Are Your Enterprises Working for You?
November 11, 2017
Richfield Springs, NY
Are your enterprises working for you?
Giving you joy and time and profit?
Helping you meet your landscape goals?
Our Ortensi 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.
Come and be a part of this on-the-ground learning day, connect with others who care about a healthy food system and help strengthen your local communities. Because we all have a stake in the way our food is grown.
What to Expect
At the Ortensi Farm Day, you will…
- Learn how the Ortensi Family evaluates the performance of grazing enterprises through Holistic Management on their 500-acre farm in the beautiful hills of Herkimer and Ostego Counties in central New York
- Discover how others are using this process with a panel of 4 Holistic Management trainers
- Enjoy a nutritious lunch and the companionship of old and new friends
- Try your hand at Enterprise analysis
- Learn how to get connected with payment programs and loans for your farm from the Farm Service Agency
- Learn how Holistic Management enables producers to better manage risk, make better decisions and enjoy the benefits of regenerative agriculture
Advanced registration is $25 per person (includes lunch). On-line registration closes November 3, 2017. Walk in registration is $35 per person, if available.
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
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At this special Veterans Day Open Gate, we offer gratitude to the veterans who attend with the gift of education – $100 off your choice of the January Getting Started with Holistic Management online class or the site-based Beginning Farmers and Ranchers series of 10 classes in New York, beginning late January, 2018.
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||November 11, 2017|
|9:00 AM||Sign-in and Social|
|9:30 AM||Welcome, Introductions and Orientation to the Day – S. Williford|
|9:40 AM||The Ortensi Farm Story - B. Ortensi|
|10:00 AM||Panel of Holistic Management Practitioners: The 3 Components of the Holistic Goal - S. Williford, P. Metzger, E. Collins, B. Ortensi|
|10:40 AM||Are Your Farm Enterprises Working for You? Experiential Learning: Discover Enterprises and Enterprise Budgets|
|12:45 PM||Orientation for Afternoon, Farm Service Agency (FSA) Programs and Loans|
|1:10 PM||Enterprise Budget Learning, GPA and Comparing Options|
|2:00 PM||Break, Drive to Ortensi Farm|
|2:15 PM||Hay Wagon: Producer-Driven Farm Tour with Ortensi Farm Co-Owner - B. Ortensi|
|4:30 PM||Evaluations and Adjourn|
741 Chyle Rd.
Richfield Springs, NY 13439
Ortensi farm prides itself on the care and welfare of all animals raised there, as well as stewarding the land. Berni and Greg Ortensi produce certified organic grass-fed beef.
The 500-acre farm is certified organic with NOFA NY and sells certified organic grass-fed beef. They also raise other pastured animals for friends and family.
The farm was a vacant dairy in 1997 when Greg purchased it. Since that time Berni and Greg have been working on transforming it into a dynamic organic grass-fed beef operation. Their focus early on was getting the land back into production under organic management practices. In the past they raised certified organic grain but have switched to annual crops for bail-age or grazing for the livestock. They have had the assistance from many of the local agencies, like NRCS, FSA, Water and Soil and Cornell Cooperative along the way to guide them and help them implement some of the practices now in use on their farm.
Greg and Berni made it their life long mission to leave the land in better shape than when they began stewarding it back in 1997.
The morning session meets at the Owen D. Young Central School, 2316 NY-80, Van Hornesville, NY 13475. We will explore techniques to assess your enterprises, have lunch at the school, practice what we learned, then drive about 5 minutes to Ortensi Farm and Equestrian Center, 741 Co Hwy 29, Richfield Springs, NY 13439 for the afternoon sessions in the field.
Phone is (413) 348-9024.
Bernadette Ortensi, Co-Owner/Operator of Ortensi Farm and Equestrian Center
Berni Ortensi is an organic farmer and horsewomen who wants to grow the best nutritious foods possible and create a healthy environment for any animal living on their farm. In addition to grass-fed meats, Berni offers retirement boarding, riding lessons, and training horses.
Sarah Williford, Holistic Management Certified Educator in Training
Sarah operates a small vegetable farm in Walton, New York. She participated in HMI’s Beginning Women Farmers program, eventually serving as the program’s New York State Coordinator. Sarah is currently completing her Certified Educator training. Through her experience with the Beginning Women Farmer’s program, Sarah came to believe deeply in the practice of Holistic Management as a tool for new and small farmers to succeed. She now sits on the HMI Board of Directors in order to participate more deeply in the workings of the organization.
Phil Metzger, Holistic Management Certified Educator
Phil Metzger is a farm & natural resources development consultant who lives in Norwich, NY. Previously he served as a conservationist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service for 31 years. A certified educator in Holistic Management, he has practiced and taught HM/Whole Farm Planning for almost 15 years. Phil has extensive experience working with an array of farm, business, and organization types & sizes and instructs on various topics including: farm, personal, and organizational goal setting, improved decision making, financial planning, land & infrastructure planning and biological monitoring. He currently serves on several Cornell University farm profit-teams assisting farmers navigating expansion while enhancing profitability. Phil teaches extensively for Holistic Management International and the Northeast Beginning Farmer Network as well as for local agencies. Phil also provides consulting services to private clients.
Elizabeth Collins, farmer
Elizabeth Collins is a native of Cincinnati, OH with a background in horses and a passion for nutrient dense food. Elizabeth owned and operated a 25 acre horse farm in Lexington, KY for 10 years and a dog walking business before moving to Saratoga Springs, NY 4 years ago. With an opportunity to try to combine her business experience and interest in healthy food she worked with the ADK Grazers, a grass-fed beef coop working with 80 beef producers in the NE for 2 and a half years to better understand the challenges for farmers and access to markets. After seeing the difficulties within our current food system, she still sees an opportunity for small sustainable farms but realizes the importance of enterprise analysis, business management and financial planning on a small business/ farm. To help support her desire to own and operate her own sustainable farm she completed HMI’s Beginning Women Farmers course last spring. Using the tools from HMI she has analyzed 2 farm business opportunities and and is currently raising turkeys on leased land for 2017 sales to continue to test her analysis until she has a farm of her own.
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