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Holistic land planning and ecological monitoring course: Springs Ranch July 6 to 9, 2017

The Jefferson Center for Holistic Management is offering a four-day Holistic Land Planning and Ecological Monitoring course, July 6 through 9 at the Smith Family ranch and learning site, Springs Ranch in Fort Bidwell, California. Participants will learn how to make a long-term land plan for their property and how to work toward this each year

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

Scott River Ranch, holistic management, holistic land planning, biological monitoring, Etna, California

Scott River Ranch and the Jefferson Center host biological monitoring and land planning course for land managers

Spencer Smith stood before a filled conference room at the Artisans of the Grasslands conference in the Bay Area last October. His presentation on holistic planned grazing sparked questions from the audience, including one from Gareth Plank, owner and operator of Scott River Ranch.  Gareth asked if whole families could attend holistic management courses together

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

Ricardo and Brittany complete comprehensive biological monitoring in a field at Guidici Ranch.

Planning for profit and biological monitoring at Guidici Ranch

Holistic financial planning, we figured, costs about $20,000 in labor to complete (assuming farmers and ranchers are valuing their time and paying themselves a salary, which doesn’t happen enough) and about 11 days total out of the year to complete. It is well worth the investment. It could save the ranch. It could mean peace of