Grazing livestock can save the planet. The solution to climate change is right beneath our feet. We can grow food and fiber while actually improving the environment instead of degrading it. Think this sounds crazy? Awesome? Want to learn more? Join Soul Food Farm and the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management at Soul Food Farm in Vacaville, California on February 27 from 9 am to 4 pm to learn how we all can reverse climate change by producing and consuming products grown in regenerating soils.    Sponsors of the event are Soul Food Farm, the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management and The Savory Institute.

“This workshop is for proactive land managers who want to learn the tools of holistic management in order to build biological health and diversity into their soil while ensuring healthier profits,” said Spencer Smith, co-owner of the Jefferson Center and an accredited holistic management instructor. Holistic management is applied most frequently to land-based businesses because it is an effective framework for managing the complexities of natural systems. However, any family, business or organization can benefit from taking a holistic approach to decision making.

“This workshop will empower farmers and ranchers to make their land drought tolerant and mitigate the effects of fire damage to a landscape ,” said Abbey Smith, co-owner of the Jefferson Center.

Abbey Smith and her husband Spencer started the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management, which is a Savory Institute Network Hub serving Northern California and Nevada. They are one hub in a global network of “ordinary folks working to advance holistic management for the people and places they cherish most,” Abbey Smith said.

Soul Food Farm is 55 acres of prime pasture and farmland in Vacaville, Calif.

“Farming has to keep evolving and offer new lessons. As Earth’s needs become more dire it’s our job to work with nature to repair soils and agriculture,” said Alexis Koefoed, owner of Soul Food Farm.

Bring a little cash for the fabulous food truck lunches that will be available for purchase on the farm. Packing your own lunch and enjoying a picnic in the farm fields or orchard is an option too.

Soul Food Farm Holistic Management Workshop Event Summary:

  • What: Holistic management and regenerative agriculture workshop
  • Where: Soul Food Farm 6046 Pleasants Valley Road Vacaville, Ca 95688
  • When: February 27, 2016, 9 am to 4 pm
  • Meals and attire: breakfast snacks like gluten-free breakfast bars, nuts, hard boiled eggs and fruit will be available for all attendees. Coffee, tea and water will also be available. Lunch is available for purchase from local food trucks, which will be at the farm. Dress in layers, wear covered shoes, bring a hat and a water bottle.
  • Register online at

Soul Food Farm will offer a special discount to their network of partners and collaborators. We believe it is very important for decision makers to attend together, so we are offering couples or business partners a two for one deal (enter code: partner2016 when registering online) or 50 percent off the ticket price of $100, Abbey Smith said. There will also be a special student rate (for high school or college students) of $25 (enter code: student2016 when registering online).  Regular ticket costs are $100 online or $120 at the door.

All training materials presented are accredited by the Savory Institute, a global non-profit working to advance holistic management and reverse desertification throughout the world. The Jefferson Center is part of the Savory Institute’s network.  The Savory Institute was founded by Allan Savory and other holistic management practitioners and is based in Boulder, Colorado.

For questions or more information, contact Spencer Smith at 775-221-6793 or

Register today! 


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