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Land stewards learn at Paicines Ranch

The ranch hosts a course on holistic management practices

Farmers, ranchers and land managers, or stewards have the opportunity to learn more about Holistic Management and how to adopt new techniques that help their business and the property overall.According to the Eventbrite website handling reservations, there are three separate sessions available: March 24-25, April 7-8 and April 28-29, 2017

An in-depth course is being offered at Paicines Ranch as part of HMI’s Whole Farm/Ranch Land Management Series. Farmers, ranchers or land stewards know their greatest asset is the land with which they work, and managing that land can be tough due to weather conditions, environmental pressures and high input costs. This course was designed to help land stewards regenerate their land for better soil health, bio-diversity, productivity and profitability through the practice of holistic management.

This six-day course will be held at Paicines Ranch, in Paicines, where participants can see first-hand applications of holistic management. Deepening understanding of holistic management starts with creating or refining the land steward's "Whole Farm/Ranch Goal" and practicing the holistic decision-making process. Further interactive, hands-on sessions will give attendees an opportunity to create plans for and practice biological monitoring, holistically managed grazing and create the infrastructure to move towards their holistic goal in a financially sustainable manner.

Among the topics to be explored:

  • 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 de-stock 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.

For more information on the workshop, contact Julie Fierro, HMI Education Manager by email at

The online registration is available through Eventbrite and there is more information about Paicines Ranch here.

Leslie David (Leslie David)

Leslie David is a Bay Area independent reporter/producer and is a BenitoLink founding board member. She has produced for radio, television, newspaper and magazines in both California and Wyoming. She was with KRON-TV News in San Francisco as camera-woman, editor and field producer, where she won the Commonwealth Club's Thomas Storke Award with Linda Yee for their series on the Aids Epidemic. She started as a small market news reporter shooting her own 16mm film at KEYT-TV Santa Barbara. Leslie lives on a ranch with her family in San Benito County.

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