HMI has been contracted by the University of New Hampshire to develop a Holistic Management Online Course for a cohort of LGBTQ+ farmers and ranchers. This course will cover key components of the Holistic Management® Framework including goal setting and on-farm/ranch decision-making, as well as key aspects of the Holistic Financial Planning process. This course will run in the winter of 2022.
As part of the development for this program HMI will be creating videos of LGBTQ+ farmers and ranchers who have had experience with Holistic Management so they can tell their stories and participate in the course. We are currently soliciting LGBTQ+ farmers and ranchers from the Holistic Management community to share their experiences in a short video that will be included in the online course. If you are interested in being interviewed for this video, please contact HMI’s Education director, Ann Adams, at 505-842-5252 x5 or [email protected] You will be compensated for your time.
Other farmers often mock and disparage the queer community right in front of me. It’s depressing. They assume all people who grow food are straight, and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy as they alienate members of the LGBT community who want to serve their communities healthy food.
This is fantastic! I agree with the previous poster, farming and ranching needs to be more open and inviting of newcomers, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation. Heck, we still have “progressive” ranchers around declaring publicly that they’ve “decided that it’s ok that woman work with cows” (one of them told my fiancee that in the yards during a working day). People shouldn’t have to “break into” a field just because of some arbitrary aspect of their identity, and I would love to see more people exposed to and familiar with HM, period. This looks like a great step in that direction. Cheers!