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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

gardening with animal impact, holistic management

Gardening with Animal Impact

Ever since visiting Dimbangombe Ranch in Zimbabwe, I’ve wanted to use livestock to grow crops. Cows in the cornfield? What? The Africa Centre for Holistic Management, our fellow Savory Network Hub near Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe is where Spencer and I first witnessed the positive effects of using animal impact to improve the soil health of

Winnemucca Ranch, Nevada, Martha Olds

Bird encounters through the generations

Family traditions My great-great grandmother wrote a book about homesteading in Northern Nevada. When we lived near Reno, our family went each Mother’s Day to the homestead site for a picnic. We looked at the springs developed by AJ Olds, my great-great grandfather on those rocky, sagebrusy Nevada mountains. We picked wildflowers in the meadows,