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Holistic Management in practice: family time in the goat field

After the workshops in Colorado, we couldn’t wait to get started applying the tools of holistic management. We’ve been experimenting with our little field here in Red Rock Valley using Maezy’s herd of 12 goats (we bought 10 goats in the Spring, but in June two additions were born: Lemon and Lemonade–named by Maezy, of course). The results are amazing. The places where the goats grazed and then we rested through our grazing rotations grew back with thick green grass–and without any irrigation. Beyond the technical improvements, the goats and holistic planned grazing introduced a new routine to our days. Each evening, we stroll down to the goats with some treats. We visit and play with them, and then congregate at the portable water tank to take in the views of our little valley. Maezy is usually singing–fully engaged in imaginative play (the tank at any one point can be a castle, a balcony, a tight rope, a gym, a kitchen, a house). We watch the sun set on the Sand Hills– and the ever present evening breeze (well, wind, who am I kidding, this is Nevada) blow through the poplars around the house. It has become our favorite part of the day.

This photo shows grass grazed by the goats and then rested (the dark green grass) and grass that was not grazed (yellow).
This photo shows grass grazed by the goats and then rested (the dark green grass) and grass that was not grazed (yellow).
Today the water tank is a gym. Maezy demonstrates how to do a proper pull up. You should see her knock out some burpees. The girl is an animal!
Today the water tank is a gym. Maezy demonstrates how to do a proper pull up. You should see her knock out some burpees. The girl is an animal!
Maezy's favorite goat Sticky and his girlfriend Randi.
Maezy’s favorite goat Sticky and his girlfriend Randi.
Water tank talks with Dad.
Water tank talks with Dad.
Our favorite time of the day: family time in the goat field.
Our favorite time of the day: family time in the goat field.
That magical animal impact, which if managed properly, makes the difference between healthy soil and grass and dying soil and grass.
That magical animal impact, which if managed properly, makes the difference between healthy soil and grass and dying soil and grass.