Grazing for Change 2018
Chico, CA | February 24, 2018
This year, subjects focused on viable market opportunities and production techniques that are not based on consolidation and commoditization.
Hi Abbey, Just wanted to say thanks for hosting a great event and for thinking of Dr. Bronner’s. We really appreciate the work you and Spencer are doing. Take care – Les Szabo, Dr. Bronner’s, Portland, Oregon
Will Harris, White Oak Pastures
- Making the break from commodity agriculture as a self-reliant, diversified farming operation, that builds soil for future generations.
Dan Kittredge, Bionutrient Food Association
- How to produce nutrient dense food and be recognized and rewarded for it in the market.
Dr. Sina McCullough, Author “Hands Off My Food!”
- How commoditizing our food system has caused the current health crisis in our nation. The truth behind “what’s in our food”, how it got there, and who’s responsible.
The Jefferson Center for Holistic Management is an accredited hub with the Savory Global Network. The hub started in 2015 after extensive training with the Savory Institute in 2014, which was funded by a Kickstarter campaign. Today we are a fully operational Savory Global Network hub serving Northern California (south to San Luis Obispo County and north to the Oregon border) and Nevada.
The Initiative for Regenerative Agriculture is comprised of a working group of multi-disciplinary faculty who have come together to develop collaborative research and teaching strategies for primary purpose of drawing down legacy levels of greenhouse gas emissions through carbon sequestration and ecosystem service restoration.
Blake and Stephanie, along with their children, Joseph, Christian, Vanessa, Dalton and Savanna own Alexandre Family Farms, a grass-based organic dairy producing organic milk in Crescent City, Eureka, Ferndale, and Smith River, California. Managed under traditional farming methods and strong organic principles, the Alexandres have been certified organic since 1999.
The Alexandres believe their God-given talents are to be stewards of the land. They dedicate themselves to operating a profitable sustaining business by their commitment to holistic farming practices, lush green pastures, animal welfare and environmental stewardship. The Alexandre’s believe that this cool coastal climate is highly conducive to sustainable organic grass, milk, meat and egg production. Pasturing animals nourishes the land, recycles nutrients and reduces erosion and organic dairying conforms with the Alexandre’s philosophy, core principles and stewardship practices. The result is nutrient dense milk, meat and eggs. Blake and Stephanie are blessed to be a part of farmers who are blending old traditions and new values; that a traditional way of life, raising cattle, can be done in harmony with nature.
Paicines Ranch is a completely restored ranch that includes 25 buildings and is quietly nestled an hour south of San Jose and about an hour inland from the Monterey Bay region. There are 18 people who share the work across all 7,600 acres of rangeland, but all of them are equally invested in one thing: learning to see things differently when it comes to the regenerative movement. If you ever find yourself in Paicines, CA, the ranch will gladly welcome you to their daily 7am Morning Meeting where the team will talk schedules for the day, overall vision and ideas for the ranch or maybe even veer towards a humorous rabbit hole. And if you stick around long enough, and the weather is just right, you might even be able to catch an impromptu popsicle stand at the office.
TomKat Ranch is all about connecting people to healthy food. Whether that’s through partnerships with producers and scientists or the sale of their grass-fed beef through their label LeftCoast GrassFed, they are a non-profit and educational ranch on a mission to connect passionate consumers with regenerative ranchers and influence change in how our food is grown and raised.
TomKat Ranch is an 1,800 acre working ranch in Pescadero, CA, which provides healthy food on working lands in a way that sustains the planet and inspires others to action. Together with other industry experts and leaders, they test, study, and share practices and technologies that help scale and democratize regenerative agriculture.
Open Range Meats aims to be the first Land-to-Market shop in the state of California. Black Angus is something that brings their family an incredible sense of excitement and pride. Open Range Meats has an amazing team who is willing to step out of their comfort zones and into new spheres. Between running the day-to-day operations of Alturas Ranches, including but not limited to (very glamorous) office work, they also manage the logistics of marketing, shipping and deliveries. In addition, they make time to check the fields, plan for the future and meet with their team — all while working on the permitting requirements needed for the city of San Jose.
- Spence and Abbey, Thanks for putting on a great event. I enjoyed meeting many old friends and making some new friends as well! Warm Regards, Loren Poncia Stemple Creek Ranch, Marin County, California
- Just wanted to thank you for all you do. What you guys are doing is such important work, and you’re making a difference. You’ve brought some amazing people into our lives. Yesterday’s conference was just another in a long string of inspirational and re-energizing (regenerative!) classes and sessions you’ve put together-brilliant! We are lucky to have you both in the valley, and as friends. – Jason Diven, rancher, Surprise Valley, California
- You have created something amazing with Grazing for Change. Congratulations! – Alexis Koefoed, Soul Food Farm, Vacaville, California
- Thank you for all that you have brought into our family’s life and our community. You have played a huge role in transforming anger and paralysis into inspiration and action, for me at least. I can’t imagine a greater gift. – Owen Segerstrom, Down the Mountain Farmstead, Washoe County, Nevada