Ranching for the Planet When People Count and Money Matters
April 19, 2017
Circle P Ranch
Would you like to see how a successful rancher improves soil health, increases water infiltration, and achieves better productivity?
Do you want to learn more about grazing planning, water management, and infrastructure needs?
Have you wondered about the pros and cons of organic certification?
Our T.O. Cattle Co. 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 Open Gate: T.O. Cattle Co., you will…
- Learn how Holistic Management enables producers to better manage risk, make better decisions and enjoy the benefits of regenerative and organic agriculture
- Meet Joe Morris and learn how he has successfully applied Holistic Management in his ranching operation
- Practice the Holistic Management decision testing process
- Learn about the pros and cons of Organic Certification
- Discuss the opportunities for and obstacles to urban farming
- Enjoy a nutrient dense lunch featuring Morris grassfed beef burgers
- See the cow herd, pre and post grazing examples, and examples of infrastructure needed to manage planned grazing
- Learn how to assess forage and determine Animal Days per Acre on your land
- See how livestock have been used to improve pasture and riparian areas
- Learn how planned grazing increases soil health and forage diversity, and how that creates quality foods
- Share information with and learn from other experienced producers
Advanced registration is $25 per person (includes lunch). You can register for the T.O. Cattle Co. day by clicking on the button to the right. On-line registration closes April 12, 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
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.
|Wednesday||April 19, 2017|
|9:00 am||Coffee & Registration/check-in|
|9:30 am||Welcome & HMI Overview - K. Harris|
|9:40 am||When People Count - K. Harris, R. King, R. Rutherford|
|10:15 am||T.O. Cattle Co: Ranching as if everything matters - What we do and why - J. Morris|
|10:45 am||Using a Holistic Goal/Context for Effective decision Making - R. Rutherford & J. Morris Small Group Interactive Exercise: Decision Testing|
|11:45 am||Organic Certification: Pros & Cons - V. Davis|
|Noon||Lunch - featuring T. O. Cattle Co grass fed beef!|
|1:00 pm||Walking Tour: Ranching for the Planet Interactive Exercise: Forage assessment & demo - R. King|
Location & Directions
Circle P Ranch
300 Thompson Road,
Watsonville, CA 95076
From Hwy 101: Take Highway 129 toward Watsonville, turn right on Carlton Road and follow around to Thompson Road. Look for the sign that will lead you into the ranch, right where Thompson turns.
Circle P Ranch
Circle P Ranch is a 684 acre working cattle ranch in the Pajaro Valley at the foot of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The ranch was originally part of a Spanish land grant, Rancho Salsipuedes, and it has been stewarded by Diane Cooley’s family since the 1940s when her parents purchased the ranch to run cattle. Diane is a 4th generation Pajaro Valley resident, and her ties to the land are strong. Today, the ranch is under a conservation easement and is certified organic land, and cattle still graze the hills. Come enjoy the beauty of this ranch and hear about the innovative practices used to restore the health of the land for the benefit of the surrounding community today and for future generations.
Joe Morris, T.O. Cattle Co owner
Born in 1962 and raised in the city of San Francisco, Joe is the fifth generation of his family to steward land and cattle in California. Joe has worked on buckaroo crews in Nevada and California, as a lay missioner, community organizer and social worker with the Catholic Church in Latin America, and has taught high school in Washington, D.C. In 1991, he and his wife, Julie, founded T.O. Cattle Company and have used the Holistic Management® decision making framework to enhance the health of their community and land and to produce a living from their work. They have two children, Sarah and Jack. T.O. Cattle Company leases ranches and markets Morris Grassfed Beef™ to eight hundred families throughout California. As a result, they are a profitable ecosystem based business whose lands are improving even as its productivity is rising. Joe has guided over a thousand people across his ranches in the past twenty-five years, has spoken numerous times on the topics of Holistic Management®, stockmanship and ranching and is a founding member of Rancher to Rancher. He was awarded the Clarence Burch award for his leadership and stewardship by the Quivira Coalition in 2012.
Kathy Harris, HMI Program Director and Holistic Management Certified Educator
Kathy Harris is Program Director for HMI and Holistic Management Professional Certified Educator. She has been involved in Holistic Management since the late 1990s and has experienced first-hand the life-changing impact of making decisions based on a holistic goal. Her love of the land and enthusiasm for nutrient dense, traditional foods led her to begin a small farm to provide good food and a venue for home-schooling her two daughters. Her ranching experience includes managing a 250-acre ranch in Texas, developing infrastructure and enterprises for grass-fed beef and lamb, pastured poultry and native pecans. Her farming background includes cow and goat dairying, raising poultry for meat and eggs, honeybees, fruit and nut orchards, and vegetable gardens. She is currently a city-dweller who spends off-hours creating an urban food oasis in her tiny high-desert back yard, volunteering at local farms and ranches, and teaching others about the amazing power of soil life as a Bernalillo County Master Composter.
Val Davis, Farm Manager at CCOF Certification Services
Val Davis is the Farm Program Manager at CCOF Certification Services, LLC. CCOF supports and promotes organic through certification, education, and advocacy. Val manages the Farm Program Certification staff, a department that provides organic certification services to over 3,000 crop and livestock farms. Prior to joining the CCOF team, Val worked in organic vegetable production at Full Belly Farm, and as a UC Davis Research Assistant for projects aimed at utilizing livestock grazing to control invasive weeds. Val earned her BS in Animal Science from California State University-Chico and her MS in Community, Food, and Agricultural Systems from Michigan State University.
Richard King, Holistic Management Certified Educator
Richard is a Certified Educator in Holistic Management® (Holistic Management International); Certified Professional in Rangeland Management (Society for Range Management); and Certified Rangeland Manager (California State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection). Richard’s professional career with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service includes 36 years of experience as a rangeland specialist, ecologist, and biologist. His work included training co-workers and assisting landowners with restoration or enhancement of rangelands, wetlands, cropland, chaparral, forests, woodlands, and stream corridors in northern Arizona, northwestern Nevada, and throughout northern California before retiring in 2012. Specific areas of experience and expertise include grazing planning, building soil organic matter, replacing invasive/pest species with diverse communities of life, land infrastructure planning, biological monitoring, financial planning, and consensus building. Since retirement from NRCS, he enjoys teaching individuals or groups the simple new framework for consistently better decision-making, Holistic Management®, so that decisions are ecologically regenerative, economically viable, and socially sound, both short-term and long-term. He has practiced this decision-making on his family’s small farm since 1991, profitably converting dry-farmed annual grassland to perennial grassland and oaks, increasing biodiversity and productivity above and below ground, and producing grass-finished beef.
Rob Rutherford, Holistic Management Certified Educator
Rob is a graduate of UC Davis with a Bachelor of Science and Standard Secondary Teaching Credential for Ag Education and a Master of Science in Agriculture at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly). He retired after serving for 39 years as a Professor of Animal Science at Cal Poly. Within that position, as well as teaching and advising students, he was charged with managing the sheep operations on campus, which entails grazing management in order to enhance resource function and productivity. During his tenure there, he was actively involved in both state and national sheep organizations, serving as state president and also chairing the national targeted grazing committee. Following retirement, he started a business entitled Whole Options LLC in order to continue to help land managers make better decisions toward a sustainable future.
Thanks for the generous contributions from the following organizations that make this event possible:
Christiano Family Fund
T.O. Cattle Company
Circle P Ranch
Thank You to our Collaborators
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