The Jefferson Center for Holistic Management is offering a three-day holistic planned grazing workshop June 12 through 14 at our ranch and learning site, Springs Ranch in Fort Bidwell, California. Participants will learn how to make decisions holistically, how to plan grazing and use the grazing chart, how to consider multiple factors when planning grazing and manage them with the grazing chart among other key takeaways. Attendees can bring their own grazing charts–if they are already using them to discuss with the instructors and class.


June 12 to 14, 2015


Please register in advance for the three day workshop so we can arrange for meals and other details. Registration is $499 online or $520 at the door. Click here to register online.


Jefferson Center Headquarters/Springs Ranch, Fort Bidwell, California


The historic Fort Bidwell Hotel, located just three miles from Springs Ranch, is open again for business. Featuring a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to guests, this recently remodeled hotel is an icon from the regions heyday in the early 1900s. Please contact us to make reservations. Other lodging options are available in Cedarville, California, 23 miles from Springs Ranch. They include:

The Fort Bidwell hotel in "downtown" Fort Bidwell, California
The Fort Bidwell hotel in “downtown” Fort Bidwell, California




The historic Fort Bidwell Hotel
The historic Fort Bidwell Hotel


The three day workshop will be led by Savory Institute-accredited Holistic Management instructor, Rob Rutherford. Rob and Abbey met while she was a student at Cal Poly. She took all his courses and credits him with her introduction to Holistic Management. It is an honor for both Abbey and Spencer to continue to work with and learn from Rob.



A portion of the workshop will take place indoors, at the Fort Bidwell Community Center, about three miles from Springs Ranch. The rest of the workshop will be spent outdoors in the fields of Springs Ranch. Please wear clothes that are appropriate for walking in the field and getting dirty. Don’t forget a hat and sunblock.


Key Takeaways:

Participants in the holistic planned grazing workshop will learn these key takeaways, in addition to many other essential learnings:

  • How to make decisions holistically
  • How to use a holistic grazing chart and plan grazing
  • How to time livestock moves for optimum plant recovery
  • How to consider social, economic and ecological factors when planning grazing and manage them on the grazing chart
  • Timing, stock density, forage utilization
  • Managing in droughts


Most importantly…meals:

The Jefferson Center will provide breakfast treats each morning such as fresh fruit, muffins, hard-boiled eggs, yogurt, coffee, tea and water. For guests staying at the Fort Bidwell Hotel, a full and hearty breakfast is available. Lunch will be provided each day and will be deli-style sandwiches or community potluck style dining. On June 12, we will all gather at the picnic area of the Fort Bidwell Community Center for a welcome BBQ. Dinners the following nights will be independent, but attendees are encouraged to continue their conversations at local restaurants and other gathering spots. The Fort Bidwell Hotel provides dinner as well as restaurants in Cedarville such as The Country Hearth Restaurant and Bakery and The Station.


Extra-curricular activities:

The most beautiful month in Surprise Valley is June (according to Abbey and Spencer). It is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the wilderness and open spaces of Modoc County. Lily Lake is just seven miles north of Fort Bidwell. Other local lakes just  miles from Fort Bidwell and brimming with fish include Lake Annie and Fee Reservoir. The valley is known for great bird watching, including Sand Hill Cranes and many large birds of prey such as Bald Eagles. The national forests offer great trails for hiking, backpacking and horseback riding, many camp sites and fishing holes. Want to come back for a visit? Here are other events in Surprise Valley and at the Fairgrounds in Cedarville through the summer. Visit the Surprise Valley Saturday Market while you are in town for local fresh produce, crafts and activities. Return in the late summer for a writer’s workshop.

Check out the local food scene in Surprise Valley
Check out the local food scene in Surprise Valley

Great Basin, Jefferson Center for Holistic Management
Branding with neighbors in Fort Bidwell, California

Other holistic management workshops in 2015

The Jefferson Center will offer another holistic planned grazing workshop, financial planning, biological monitoring and land planning three day workshops at the ranch and in Oroville, California at Guidici Ranch. We will also travel through our region offering one day workshops. Please check out our 2015 workshop calendar for the complete list of workshops. We also offer a ranch immersion program at Springs Ranch.

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