A typical job posting sent to the Jefferson Center looks like this:

NOW HIRING: Livestock Assistant

Caney Fork Farm is seeking a full-time livestock assistant to help supervise cattle, sheep, hog and avian operations. Knowledge of Holistic Management grazing is required.

“On a regular basis, we are contacted by progressive land management operations, ranches, farms, and investment organizations looking for people with Holistic Management training to lead their operations,” said Abbey Smith, owner and director of the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management. The job description above is a real job opportunity sent to Abbey and her husband Spencer, who is an accredited Holistic Management Professional with the Savory Institute. They discussed it with an attendee of one of their workshops and this person is now in the final stages of interviewing for the position.

The Jefferson Center and the California Community Colleges Doing What Matters initiative partnered this year to provide holistic management training to regional college students.  Discounts and sponsorship opportunities to attend Holistic Management courses are available to college students.

Doing What Matters, Agriculture, Water, Environment Technology, Jefferson Center, Holistic Management

“We want to provide exciting new opportunities to students interested in farming, ranching and land management, and help meet the demand in the job market for holistic managers,” said Heather Kelnhofer, Deputy Sector Navigator for Agriculture, Water and Environmental Technology at Shasta College.

Holistic Management training provided by the Jefferson Center is accredited by the Savory Institute. The Savory Institute is an organization founded by Allan Savory and other Holistic Management educators that works to reverse desertification and restore the world’s grasslands through Holistic Management. The Savory Network is made up of “hubs” across the globe, like the Jefferson Center. Savory hubs must use accredited educators to teach courses, so becoming accredited in Holistic Management through the Jefferson Center opens up, “literally a world of opportunity,” said Spencer Smith.

Each Holistic Management course is three to four days long and includes a balance of hands-on time in the field (literally) and classroom time understanding foundational concepts, principles and practicing Holistic Management planning procedures. The Jefferson Center provides on-going support to all their course and workshop attendees.

“Once you take a class with us, you are part of the Holistic Management family,” Abbey Smith said. “We are here to help you achieve your land management and career goals through holistic management.”

The courses offered this year are broken into a Spring and Fall Block.

Spring Course Block:

Fall Course Block:


Pricing: $599 per course or $1500 for the block bundle

Sponsored by: California Community Colleges Doing What Matters initiative.

Discounts and sponsorships for college students available. Please contact Abbey for more information.

Questions: Please contact Abbey: (530) 640-0872, abbey@jeffersonhub.com or Heather at 530-242-7636, hkelnhofer@shastacollege.edu

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