California Whole Farm/Ranch Land Management 2017
This in-depth course is being offered in California as part of HMI’s Whole Farm/Ranch Land Management Series. As a farmer, rancher or land steward, you know that one of your greatest assets is the land you work with, and managing that land can be tough due to weather conditions, environmental pressures and high input costs. This course was designed to help you regenerate your land for better soil health, bio-diversity, productivity and profitability through the practice of Holistic Management.
This 6-day course will be held at Paicines Ranch where you can see first-hand applications of Holistic Management. Deepening your understanding of Holistic Management starts with creating or refining your Whole Farm/Ranch Goal and practicing the Holistic Decision-Making process. Further interactive, hands-on sessions will have you creating plans for and practicing biological monitoring, holistically managed grazing and creating the infrastructure to move towards your holistic goal in a financially sustainable manner.
Agenda – 9 to 5 each day
March 24-25, April 7-8 and April 28-29, 2017
What to Expect
At the Improving Whole Farm/Ranch Land Management Workshop series you will learn and practice:
- How practicing Holistic Management leads to better decision-making and more effective planning skills to build resilience and improve habitat for livestock and wildlife.
- How the water cycle functions and how participants can improve the water-holding capacity of the soil
- How participants can use grazing and animal impact on their farm or ranch to improve soil and forage stands, and address wildlife needs.
- How participants can create long-term infrastructure and development strategies to create more profit for their operations and create resilient landscapes through improved management practices.
- When and how to destock if needed, and how to graze at appropriate times and places for desired wildlife
- How to manage a farm or ranch more effectively given your land base and the potential markets you can serve. Improve networking with others who practice managing holistically.
Advanced registration is $250 per person for the series of all three 2-day workshops. You can register for the series by clicking on the button to the right.
Due to grant funding, the cost for this program (valued at $800) is being offered at $250 per person. A limited number of full scholarships are available, bringing the registration cost down to zero. If you’d like to be considered for a scholarship, fill out the Scholarship Application and return to Julie Fierro, HMI Education Manager. Scholarships close March 22.
On-line registration closes March 23, 2017. If space is still available at that time we will extend on-line registration for 3 days at $250. Walk in registration is $300 per person, if available. Register soon, as we have limited space. 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:
5941 Jefferson St. NE, Ste B
Albuquerque, NM 87109
This is a rain or shine series with indoor and outdoor portions. Please bring appropriate clothing and footwear to each session. Be sure to bring your lunch to class. We will arrange a gathering for those who want to have supper together.Cancellation Policy Cancellations received up to 30 days prior to the course start date will receive a full refund. Cancellations received up to 14 days prior to an event start date will receive a 40% refund. No refunds will be given otherwise, unless in the event of dire emergency. This policy is required due to financial obligations incurred by HMI in planning these events. We appreciate your understanding.
Meals & Lodging
Meals and lodging are NOT included in the registration fee. Please bring a sack lunch. Lodging is available at Paicines Ranch or in one of the hotels listed below:
Lodging at Paicines Ranch
113388 Old Airline Hwy
Paicines, California 95043
Paicines Ranch has a variety of rooms available, from private rooms with private baths to cottages with private rooms and shared bathrooms. Lodging accommodations can be viewed on our website HERE. Single night lodging can be arranged on Air BnB HERE. For the HMI courses, the ranch is offering a special rate of 50% off the second night for a 2 night stay. To book the special rate, please contact Mary at Paicines Ranch at Mary@PaicinesRanch.com or by phone at (831) 628-0288.
Camping at Paicines Ranch
$20 for a 2 night stay, bathrooms available. Limited shower space available. Contact Mary at Paicines Ranch at Mary@PaicinesRanch.com or by phone at (831) 628-0288. Space is limited. Bring your own gear.
152 San Felipe Road
Hollister, California 95023
The Hollister Inn is located approximately 25 minutes from Paicines Ranch (the event location).
Best Western San Benito Inn
660 San Felipe Road
Hollister, California, 95023
The Best Western San Benito Inn is located approximately 25 minutes from Paicines Ranch
Joshua Inn Bed & Breakfast
712 West Street
Hollister, CA 95023
The Joshua Inn B&B is a Victorian style boutique hotel located in Hollister, CA approximately 25 minutes from Paicines Ranch. Very few rooms are available so reserve early!
Ridgemark Golf and Country Club Lodge
3800 Airline Highway
Hollister, CA 95023
The Ridgemark Golf and Country Club Lodge is located 15 minutes from Paicines Ranch.
Sessions and Schedule
Workshop Series 1
Introduction to Holistic Management and Monitoring Ecosystem Processes
- Introduction to Holistic Management Framework
- Management Inventory—The Whole You Manage
- Holistic Farm/Ranch Goal/Context–Begin with the End in Mind
- Your Decisions/Actions—How & Why to Double-Check Them Before Implementing
- Introduction to Ecosystem Processes
- Outdoor Exercises
- Questions & Answer Session from Day 1
- Monitoring for Biological Wealth
- Monitoring Set-Up Techniques
- Group Exercises in Reading Land and Gathering Data
- Using Monitoring Data to Create Your Desired Landscape
- Tools for Creating Your Desired Landscape
- Selecting the Best Tools for your Needs
- Introduction to Holistic Grazing
Workshop Series 2
Holistic Grazing Planning
- Principles & Purpose of Holistic Planned Grazing
- Measuring Forage & Animal Days per Acre
- Holistic Grazing Guidelines
- Holistic Grazing Plan Development Exercise
- Outdoor Exercise – Pasture Cross-Check ADA’s & Emerging Plans
- Continue Grazing Plan Exercise
- Small Group Feedback on Grazing Plan Development
- Grazing Strategies for Drought, Climate Change, Wildlife and Crops
- Introduction to Holistic Land Planning
Workshop Series 3
Holistic Land Planning
- Introduction to Basic Principles & Steps of Holistic Long-term Land Planning
- Small Group Land Planning Exercise
- Mapping the Future and Creating a Checklist
- Ranch Tour to Evaluate & Discuss Infrastructure and Management
- Review and Practice of Holistic Land Planning Steps
- Small Group Planning Exercise
- Resume Small Group Land Planning Exercises
- Group Discussion about Exercises
- Re-Cap and Dialogue on Key Points for Improving Land Resilience, Biodiversity, Wildlife and/or Crop Requirements
- Integrated Planning from all three workshops
Locations & Directions
Location: Paicines Ranch, 13388 Airline Hwy, Paicines, CA 95043, United States
The historic and beautiful Paicines Ranch produces 100% free range grass fed beef and hosts a variety of events, including weddings, corporate events, and training classes. The unique facility consists of restored ranch buildings dating from the 1860’s to the present. The ranch supports a wide variety of birds, plants, and animals as a result of its extensive grasslands and water features, including the Paicines Reservoir, the San Benito River, ponds, and cienegas.
The ranch is managed using the principles of Holistic ManagementTM, with the intention to preserve and enhance both the natural and man-made features of the ranch and make them accessible to visitors, while producing delicious pastured meats. Paicines Ranch pastures and row crop ground are all certified organic.
GPS systems aren’t reliable in the area. Please follow these directions below:
Directions from San Jose:
- 101 South through Gilroy
- Exit onto 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.
Richard King, Holistic Management Certified Educator
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, Richard 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. Richard and Cynthia are owner/operators of Poppy Hill Farm in Petaluma, CA.
Richard is a Certified Educator in Holistic Management® (Holistic Management International); and an Accredited Field Professional (Savory Institute); Certified Professional in Rangeland Management (Society for Range Management); and Certified Rangeland Manager (California State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection). His formal education includes: Wildlife Management BS with a minor in Range Management, Humboldt State University, and Biology MS, Northern Arizona University
Sallie Calhoun, Owner – Paicines Ranch
Sallie Calhoun, along with her husband, Matt Christiano, purchased the Paicines Ranch in central California in 2001. Part of an original land grant, the Paicines Ranch has been a working ranch since the mid-1800s. Sallie has operated the ranch implementing holistic management to improve the health of the grasslands, producing grass fed beef, and creating an event center out of restored ranch buildings. Previously, Sallie and her husband ran a software company, which they sold in 2000 and since then, she has been involved in the fields of regenerative agriculture, local economies, and philanthropy. She is passionate about California native grasses and shifting culture toward local food systems. Sallie is a former Board Chair for Holistic Management International. Born and raised in Knoxville, Tenn., Sallie received her BSEE degree from Rice University. Currently, Sallie lives in Saratoga, CA where she is an avid tennis player and hiker, and enjoys traveling. Her two children, having graduated college, also live in the Bay Area.
KellyMulville, Holistic Management Certified Educator
In addition to farming and working with livestock for most of his life, Kelly has designed for, consulted with and given presentations to grape growers and farmers and ranchers throughout the western USA, Spain, New Zealand, Australia and China. His work focuses on combining the principles of Holistic Management with experience in viticulture, orchards and crop farming to design and create farming practices that are resilient, productive and profitable so that these practices contribute to the restoration of health, beauty and balance to the ecosystem. His education includes studies in Ecological Horticulture, Viticulture and Holistic Management. Kelly manages Paicines Ranch, runs an agricultural design service, and is a Holistic Management Certified Educator.
Doniga Markegard, Markegard Family Grass Fed
Doniga Markegard comes to ranching with a background in wildlife tracking and permaculture. Along with her husband and four children, Doniga owns and operates Markegard Family Grass-Fed, raising grass-fed beef, lamb, pastured pork, chicken and dairy supplying the community with local, nutrient dense foods. The family ranch leases coastal grasslands in San Mateo and Sonoma Counties spanning over 8000 acres. Doniga’s deep observation experience aids in her ability to monitor grassland health, biodiversity and to manage land based on the principles and patterns found in nature. Doniga is passionate about finding ways to regenerate lands and community through ranching practices that build soil, sequester carbon, capture and purify water and enhance habitat.
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