Increasing Profit, Production, and Performance for a Sustainable Ranch Operation
Friday, May 10, 2013Paicines Ranch 13388 Airline Hwy
Paicines, CA 95043
Our Paicines Ranch day is part of HMI’s new Open Gate On-Farm Learning Series. Open Gate is an action-based approach to learning.
You — and the group — have the opportunity to identify common problems and discuss common solutions in a friendly atmosphere. With experienced facilitators and producers on hand, the goal of the day is to identify and solve a current problem — and to create a forum for sharing practices, ideas, advice, and solutions to that problem.
The process: small groups of people come together to work on something that is real and current, and each person gets individual time from the others. When you leave at the end of the day, you’ll take away practical ideas on how you can increase profit, production and performance for a sustainable ranch operation.
Paicines Ranch Day highlights will include:
- The role perennial grasses may play in improving soil health
- Effective holistic biological monitoring techniques for improved plant and animal performance
- How Holistic Management enables producers to better manage risk, make better decisions and enjoy the benefits of sustainable agriculture.
- Ranch infrastructure ideas for increased forage utilizations and improved profit
- See first hand, the work and activities of the Paicines Ranch
- Participate in soil monitoring exercises so you can better manage your land
- Learn how to invest in water development to increase profit, production, and performance.sed forage utilizations and improved profit
Join ranchers, farmers and resource managers from around California for this action-based learning day— and take home some new tips and ideas you can put to use.
While graziers may find this training day of particular use, anyone interested in sustainable agriculture and local food systems is welcome to attend.
9:30 AM Arrival and Registration
10:00 AM Introductions & Case Studies
Frank Aragona (HMI)
Sallie Calhoun & Chris Ketcham (Paicines Ranch)
TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation
Joe Morris (Morris Grassfed Beef)
10:50 AM Bio-Monitoring and Infrastructure Presentation & Field Tour
Sallie Calhoun & Chris Ketcham (Paicines Ranch)
Frank Aragona (HMI)
12:30 PM Lunch
1:45 PM Small Group Land Planning Exercises
4:15 PM Evaluation and Wrap Up
5:30 PM Optional Dinner ($25 additional cost)
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.
The registration fee is $20.00 per person (includes lunch). The optional dinner is $25.00 per person. You can register for the ranch day by clicking on the button to the right. If you want to sign up for optional dinner, please e-mail [email protected] no later than May 3. Space is limited and we encourage you to register in advance. On-line registration closes Friday, May 3rd at 3pm pacific time. 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
If you are in need of lodging, the Paicines ranch can provide lodging. Accommodations consist of two or three bedroom units with a shared bathroom; some rooms have two beds and folks can share a room to split the cost. All accommodations are non-smoking. Lodging is available for $75/night/room. Camping and RV parking (no hook-ups) is available at $10/site/night. Contact Leticia Hain at 831-628-0288 or [email protected] for more information or to make your reservation.
Note: GPS systems and online mapping systems often give directions that cause visitors to the ranch to get hopelessly lost. Here are directions from San Jose:
- 101 South through Gilroy
- Exit Highway 25 toward Hollister – approx 12 miles to Hollister
- Stay on highway 25 – there is a bypass around the city of Hollister.
- Go 10-12 more miles – past Ridgemark golf course, Tres Pinos (speed limit 35), then past Bolado Park (county fairgrounds).
- Approx. 1 mile after you get to Paicines (general store on left) you will turn right on Cienega Road (about 10-12 miles from when you first entered Hollister).
- Cienega Road runs directly and immediately into the ranch driveway. Do NOT follow Cienega after it turns left – the ranch gate is immediately in front of you.
Frank is from Albuquerque New Mexico. He brings a mixed background of entrepreneurship, scientific research, and international experience to HMI. He graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1998 with a major in History and Political Science. Shortly thereafter, Frank spent a year in Istanbul, Turkey teaching English in a small, private school. Frank then attended Michigan Technological University in pursuit of a Masters of Science in Forestry. From 2000 to 2003, Frank worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia in a small agricultural village named Tipa Tipa, located in the Mizque Province of Cochabamba. In 2004 he created a small consulting company with the mission of integrating Information Technology and sustainable agriculture. Frank’s interests and expertise include: Geographic Information Systems, permaculture, silviculture, agroforestry, mushroom cultivation, gardening, woodworking, soil science, and Holistic Management.
Sallie Calhoun attended Rice University and graduated with a BSEE in 1977. She moved to the Bay Area immediately after graduation and worked at a variety of high-tech firms from 1977-1991, primarily in the fields of medical imaging and real-time control. From 1994 to August, 2000 Sallie served as VP Operations and CFO for Globetrotter Software, Inc. , which was owned by Sallie and her husband and fellow Rice alum, Matt Christiano. Since the sale of Globetrotter to Macrovision in 2000, Sallie has been involved in a variety of activities in the fields of local, sustainable agriculture and philanthropy, including managing member of Doodlebug Ranches in Paicines, CA; Advisory Council member for Holistic Management International in Albuquerque, NM; founder and president of the I Have a Dream Foundation, Clio, SC, working with at-risk youth in rural South Carolina; and Trustee of the Hillbrook School in Los Gatos, CA. Sallie is an avid tennis player and hiker and enjoys traveling.
Joe was never discouraged by all the naysayers who told him “not to go into the cattle business.” A native of San Francisco, Joe used to visit the ranch as a child and get up at 5:30 a.m. to have breakfast with his grandfather, J.J. Baumgartner. After a bowl of cereal with whole cream and a bear claw from the San Juan Bakery, they would go out to check the water and move the cattle. He’s been hooked ever since. He graduated from The Great Books Program at the University of Notre Dame, went to live in Venezuela for two years, attended the Graduate Theological Union at the University of California, Berkeley, and worked on the Spanish Ranch in Tuscarora, Nevada. Today, he still gets up at 5:30 (while the rest of us sleep!), makes nutritious oatmeal and smoothies for our breakfast, and then is off to check the water and tend the animals and soil that he loves.
Chris Ketcham, Ranch Manager, Paicines Ranch
HMI would like to thank the following organizations for their support.
Brigantino Irrigation Inc.
Sponsorship Opportunities Available
The Paicines Ranch Training Day offers organizations, agencies and businesses a great opportunity to network with farmers and ranches interested in sustainable agricultural ideas, products, services. We offer a variety of Sponsorship Opportunities to connect you with our community. Please contact Matt Parrack, our Director of Development for more information.