Integrating Livestock & Biodynamics in Farming Systems
June 20 , 2014
Tablas Creek Vineyard
Paso Robles, CA
Our Tablas Creek Vineyard 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, a gardener, wildlife manager, local agency representative, or just interested in organic wine production and sustainability, this is a day for you.
What to Expect
At the Open Gate: Tablas Creek Vineyard day, you’ll…
- See what fellow land managers are doing to maintain land health and profitability in a changing environment
- Learn about how to integrate livestock and biodynamics in farming systems
- Learn indicators of good soil health
- Practice making decisions about common land management dilemmas
- Discuss practical grazing strategies to improve water use and land production
- 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 vineyard day by clicking on the button to the right. On-line registration closes Tuesday, June 17. Walk in registration is $30 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. Please bring appropriate clothing and footwear.
|Friday, June 20, 2014|
|9:00||Sign-In & Connecting|
|9:30||Welcome & Introductions to HMI and Presenters – P. Cole|
|9:35||Tablas Creek Vineyard Overview – L. Glenn|
|9:40||Principles, Processes & Practices of Holistic Management – R. Rutherford|
|10:20||Panel Presentation: Sustainable Practices at 3 Vineyards – L. Foshay, C. Beher, L. Glenn; C. MacMillan, moderator|
|11:00||Incorporating Holistic Management into Vineyards – K. Mulville|
|11:30||Making Decisions: Conventional vs. Holistic – – R. Rutherford & K. Mulville|
|1:00||Tablas Creek Vineyard Tour|
|1:20||Evaluating Ecosystem Processes: Small Group Exercise|
|2:35||Designing Effective Monitoring Protocols: Small Group Exercise|
|3:00||Managing for Flourishing Vineyards – R. Rutherford|
|3:30||Q&A and Evaluations – R. Rutherford|
The Tablas Vineyard uses no herbicides or systemic pesticides in the vineyard. Cover crops minimize erosion, host beneficial insects, and return nitrogen to the soil. They use extensive composting, and use compost tea to control mildew in the vineyard and reduce their need for sulfur. They received their organic certification in January, 2003 and continue to explore how they can better respect their land. They began farming much of the vineyard biodynamically in 2010, and brought a mixed herd of grazing sheep, alpacas and donkeys into the vineyard in 2012.
Tablas Creek Vineyard, 9339 Adelaida Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446
Map and Directions: http://www.tablascreek.com/visiting/map_directions
Robert Rutherford, Holistic Management Certified Educator
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). Rob 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 has started a business entitled Whole Options LLC in order to continue to help land managers make better decisions toward a sustainable future.
Kelly Mulville, Holistic Management Certified Educator
For the past 25 years Kelly has managed and consulted with vineyards, farms and ranches throughout the western USA, Spain, Australia and China. In 2012, he was sponsored by government and wine industry organizations to give presentations and workshops on extended-season vineyard grazing throughout Australia and New Zealand. His studies include Ecological Horticulture at UC Santa Cruz, Viticulture studies at UC Davis and Holistic Management with Allan Savory and HMI. Recently his work has focused on combining his experience in farming and viticulture with Holistic Management in order to create more ecologically, socially and economically sound farming and fruit growing practices. This usually involves a considerable amount of help from livestock.
Levi Glenn, Viticulturist, Tablas Creek Vineyard
Levi Glenn was born and raised in Healdsburg, California. Having grown up surrounded by the Old Vine Zinfandel vineyards in the bucolic Dry Creek Valley, Levi always knew he would end up working in the wine industry. At age thirteen, Levi started to work in a next door neighbor’s vineyard. He has never held a job that didn’t involve a grapevine or emptying a fermenter.
Graduating from Cal Poly in 2004 with a degree in Viticulture and Enology, Levi went on to manage vineyards first in Napa Valley and later in his native Sonoma County. Levi joined the Tablas Creek team in July 2011 to fill the new position of Viticulturist. He and his wife Katie were eager to return to the central coast. They recently moved to Paso Robles, and are delighted to rediscover the area. They also enjoy gardening, bluegrass, and their aging beagle Abner.
Chris Behr, Oso Libre Winery
In 1996, Chris and Linda Behr purchased 90 acres of raw land in the acclaimed Adelaida region of Paso Robles. Over the years they have developed that land and turned it into a sustainable, modern working ranch and vineyard. Preserving the environment, they proudly utilize sustainable agricultural practices and renewable energy strategies. Olde English Babydoll sheep, grass fed Black Angus and free range chickens all work together to tend the vine rows and graze land. Thanks to the sheep’s small size and robust character these remarkable little full time workers graze the vineyards and are ideal for organic weed abatement, fertilization and soil management. As an adjunct, the free-range chickens are social partners to the sheep and cattle and assist in providing nutrients, fertilization and insect control to the vineyard. The key ingredient to Oso Libre’s successful Vines, Wines and Angus program is that all the people enjoy what they do and the lifestyle that comes with it.
Laird Foshay, Proprietor and Winegrower, Rangeland Wines
Born in Nova Scotia, Laird Foshay grew up in Palo Alto, CA. After attending UCSB, he spent 10 years publishing magazines in print and on the web. After selling that business, he moved the family to Paso Robles to start a new life on the ranch. Adelaida Springs Ranch is the family farm in the hills west of Paso Robles. The ranch includes more than 1500 acres of pristine oak woodland, wrapped around Ranchland Wines, a 40-acre vineyard of world-class wine grapes, set in a remote valley in the southern reaches of the Santa Lucia mountain range. The Foshays prepared the vineyard for planting in 2001, planted the vineyard in 2002 and soon after began developing the cattle herd that is the source for their natural grass-fed beef products. They introduced sheep to the ranch in 2011. The Foshays feel their unique geography and wonderful climate make this a special place to grow wine, beef, lamb and honey through a natural and holistic approach, with an eye to enhancing rather than depleting the ranch soils and ecosystem. Laird can often be found in the vineyard, fixing broken troughs or fences, or on horseback gathering cattle–when he’s not hunched over his computer working on the commerce end of farming. In 2010 he became partner of J&R Meats in Paso Robles. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, riding, reading, or just rambling on the ranch with a dog and a pair of binoculars.
Craig D. MacMillan, Vineyard Manager & Lecturer, Wine & Viticulture Dept., Cal Poly SLO
Craig received his Ph.D. in sociology from Washington State University in 2012. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Iowa and a Master’s of Science degree in plant protection science from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. His areas of expertise include vineyard management, winemaking, wine business management, social psychology, and environmental sociology. In addition to teaching winemaking and grape growing at Cal Poly, he has taught those same subjects as well as sociology at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria. Dr. Macmillan also acts as a consultant for a number of small wineries and vineyards in California. In 2000 he was named Winemaker of the Year by the Central Coast Wine Growers’ Association.
Peggy Cole, Project Manager, HMI
Peggy Cole has been with Holistic Management International since 1989, first attending then producing hundreds of conferences/classes/field days in her roles as newsletter producer, events registrar, executive director and program director of HMI Texas (formerly Holistic Resource Management of Texas). Now, as Project Manager, Peggy produces learning opportunities wherever the need arises. Peggy’s warm, personable approach and extensive networking expertise makes her a favorite with the Holistic Management community. She has been a breeder of Arabian horses and German Shorthaired Pointers in the Texas hill country with special emphasis on learning to apply Holistic Management to small acreage ranchettes.
This event is made possible by a generous contribution from Sallie Calhoun – The Christiano Family Fund, an advised fund of the Community Foundation for San Benito County