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How to make a living off the land

How your land can produce a living for you and your family  You can make a living off the land. Though your management, create an agriculture business that produces more, earns more, while saving the planet in the process, and the market will reward you for it.  Consumers and manufacturers are calling for products that

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

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

holistic planned grazing, Jefferson Center workshops, Savory Institute

Holistic land planning and monitoring workshop: Springs Ranch July 16 to 19

The Jefferson Center for Holistic Management is offering a four-day holistic land planning and monitoring workshop July 16 through 19 at our ranch and learning site, Springs Ranch in Fort Bidwell, California. Participants will learn how to make decisions holistically, how to manage and monitor for ecosystem processes, understand why monitoring is important in order to take your land