Using Grazing Systems to Create Healthy Food and Ecosystems
September 28, 2016
Prairie Flavours Ranch
Preeceville, SK, Canada
Our Prairie Flavours 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 a consumer interested in healthy food, someone who cares about a healthy environment in your community, an agricultural producer, land steward, local agency representative, or just interested in healthy land and healthy food, this is a day for you.
What to Expect
At the Open Gate: Prairie Flavours Day, you will…
- Hear how Holistic Management enables producers to better manage risk, make better decisions and enjoy the benefits of regenerative agriculture
- Meet Megan & Nathan Maier, innovative farmers who are regenerating their land while responsibly raising sustainable meats & vegetables that build healthy community
- Enjoy a delicious lunch at Prairie Flavours Ranch
- Discuss soil health benefits through managed grazing
- Hear first-hand experiences about how focusing on healthy soils creates quality foods
- Learn about holistic decision making and the value of the holistic goal
- Learn how to estimate forage and increase forage diversity and health of your soil
Advanced registration is CAN$50 per person (includes lunch) with a 50% discount for students. Register soon as space is limited. Sorry, registration fees are non-refundable.
If you are unable to register online, you can pay by check. Please make checks payable to ‘Canadian Forage and Grassland Association’ and mail to:
145 Edstan Place
Selkirk, MB R1A 2E8
This is a rain or shine event and we will be spending much of our time out on the land. Please bring appropriate clothing and footwear and a water bottle.
|Wednesday||September 28, 2016|
|9:30 am||Registration - Assiniboine Watershed|
|10:00 am||Intro to Holistic Management - B. Hjertaas|
|10:30 am||How decicions are made exercise - M & N Maier|
|11:00 am||Grazing to make healthy land - A. Foster|
|11:30 am||Holistic Planned Grazing Principles - B. Hjertaas|
|1:00 pm||Programs at the Watershed - K. Smith|
|1:15 pm||Forage Assessment - B. Hjertaas|
|1:45 pm||Ranch Tour - B. Hjertaas|
|3:15 pm||Q & A|
At Prairie Flavours Ranch, they are passionate about producing pasture-raised poultry and free-range, turkey, ducks, eggs and beef and are committed to sustainable farming practices. They also have a variety of potatoes, corn and other fresh vegetables that are growing beautifully right now! They are located in the beautiful East central Parkland region of Saskatchewan northwest of Preeceville, Saskatchewan
Megan and Nathan Maier operate Prairie Flavours Ranch near Preeceville along with their five children. They moved from Ontario three years ago, motivated by Holistic Management principles, with a goal to start a sustainable farming operation and produce healthy food for their family and others. They produce pasture-raised, free-range chicken, eggs, turkey, and ducks; have a small beef herd, do custom grazing and love producing organic vegetables. Come see how their land is improving since using the Holistic Management framework for decision-making.
Al Foster, Forage Specialist
Al Foster obtained his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan and Master of Agriculture in Forage and Range Management from the University of Alberta. As a Forage Specialist he works directly with northeast Saskatchewan producers on all aspects of forage and pasture production and management including forage crop selection, establishment and rejuvenation.
Katelyn Smith, Assiniboine Watershed Stewardship Association
Katelyn Smith joined the Assiniboine Watershed Stewardship Association in May of 2013. She was raised on a cattle and grain farm near Ituna, Saskatchewan where she currently resides. Katelyn completed a diploma in Renewable Resource Management from Lethbridge College in Alberta in 2011. Katelyn has since been involved in further education, wildlife technician positions and the cattle market.
Previous employment with Ducks Unlimited and the Institute for Wetland and Waterfowl Research (IWWR) has provided Katelyn with knowledge of the Yorkton area and hands-on experience in the field. Having been raised on a farm, active in the livestock industry, and acquired a vast amount of technical knowledge from Lethbridge College, Katelyn believes her skills will contribute to the AWSA and its mission.
Believing strongly in community involvement, Katelyn has been a member of the Ituna Volunteer Fire Department from a young age, and is also a hunting and fishing enthusiast. Most times Katelyn can be found spending her free time around the family farm, camping or quadding.
Blain Hjeertas, Holistic Management Professional Certified Educator
15 years of practical experience using Holistic Management running own grass operation. This year in conjunction with son Martin they have 350 ewes to lamb and custom graze 150 pairs of cows. They have a small scale poultry operation on grass as well. Blain has a passion for carbon sequestration. Blain has many sites in Western Canada that he is monitoring. Blain has given many talks over the years from teaching at University of Manitoba to half hour sessions on how grass grows.
Thank You to our Collaborators & Outreach Partners
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.