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Fire Recovery and Replanning Free Webinar

Allan Savory, founder of Holistic Management and the Savory Institute offered California farmers and ranchers a free webinar on fire recovery and replanning. Allan’s work in Africa and other regions of the world provided him with deep experience in replanning grazing and other farm enterprises after fire loss. Spencer Smith, a Savory Field Professional and owner

drought proofing, maximizing production

Designing a drought proof landscape that will produce more and improve profit: Mark Shepard and Spencer Smith collaborate to offer course

Flood in the winter, drought in the summer This is a common enough thing to hear in seasonally dry environments, even farmers and ranchers will complain about too much rain in the winter and then lament about the long dry summers. Around here it’s California’s water scarcity problem that is often the topic of discussion. Few

Useing livestock to improve soil

Bale Grazing: Transform your landscape during winter feeding

Are you feeding in a sacrifice lot? All too often on ranches all over the west, people winter their livestock on feed grounds that end up looking like ground zero after a bombing. The soil is packed hard and when the growing season finally comes, all you can grow is Mustard and thistle. Does that

Managing for soil health, Drought tolerance

Soil Health vs. Soil Quality

Soil Quality? Manage for health instead. The term “soil quality” thrown around a lot and I have a real problem with that.  Soil quality leaves us with the impression that it is as good as it can be and at its potential.  This is categorically wrong, no matter what soil type you have or its

organic, industrial farming, Paicines Ranch, holistic management

Vegetarianism is not better for the environment

Last week, as the global Savory Hub Network gathered at Paicines Ranch, this article was printed in the San Mateo Journal. It states that: “Climate change and global warming are usually associated with burning fossil fuels, but, according to the Guardian, “the global livestock industry produces more greenhouse gas emissions than all cars, planes, trains