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Ranch Tour at Guidici Ranch in Oroville, California. More than forty people gathered for a discussion of ecosystem processes  including soil experts Dr. Christine Jones and Gabe Brown.  Photo by Darby Heffner.

Jefferson Center One-day Workshop: Greenville, California

Sign up for the first one-day workshop offered by the Jefferson Center. Spencer Smith, a Savory Institute accredited educator, will lead the hands-on holistic management workshop. Spend time in a classroom setting reviewing the principles and concepts of holistic management, then spend the afternoon in the field examining ecosystem processes and how to read immediate

Abbey Smith, Jefferson Center for Holistic Management, grazing for change, holistic management

Grazing for Change conference speaker and host: Abbey Smith, owner and operator of the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management

Abbey Smith serves the Savory Network as their network coordinator. She is also owner and operator of the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management with her husband, Spencer. The Jefferson Center is an organic cattle ranch and Savory Network Hub in Fort Bidwell, California. She spent two months in South Africa living with families on holistically

Spencer Smith, holistic management, the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management

Grazing for Change conference speaker and host: Spencer Smith, owner the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management

Spencer Smith is owner and operator of the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management with his wife, Abbey. He is a certified Holistic Management educator with the Savory Institute. He travels throughout Northern California and Nevada (and as needed to other regions) conducting Holistic Management workshops, courses, events and consultations. With a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness

Richard King, holistic management educator, rangeland management

Grazing for Change conference speaker: Richard King, Holistic Management instructor, rangeland manager

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

Chris Kerston, Savory Institute, holistic management, grazing for change

Grazing for Change Master of Ceremony: Chris Kerston, Savory Institute director of marketing and communication

Chris Kerston has been grazing cattle for over a decade. With a longstanding passion for alternative agricultural models, Chris has dedicated much of his life to helping connect ranchers with consumers in ways that create real value for both parties. With formal training and instinctive talent, Chris utilizes social media in concert with traditional marketing