Spencer Smith is owner and operator of the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management with his wife, Abbey. He is an accredited Savory Field Professional and Ecological Outcomes Verification Master Verifier. He travels throughout Northern California and Nevada mostly, but also nationally and internationally conducting Holistic Management workshops, courses, events, consultations, land assessments and ecological monitoring.
With a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness from CSU,Chico and experience managing cow-calf and yearling herds in Northern California and Nevada, Spencer brings years of ranch management experience to the business. He manages Springs Ranch in Fort Bidwell, California, where he and his family graze cattle according to the ranch's Holistic Grazing Plan, and produce 100 percent grassfed beef. He was a founding member of the Land to Market program of the Savory Institute. He continues to be a leader in the activation of regenerative supply chains in the region and beyond, because an economic model that values and uplifts the farmer is so critical to the mission of the Jefferson Center--to empower communities through ecological regeneration. Formerly, he managed the cattle on the DS Ranch in Sierra Valley, Calif. as well as about 600,000 acres of grazing allotment north of Reno, Nevada. His joy in life is being the dad of Miss Maezy Smith and Mr. Samuel Smith, and spending time hunting, hiking and walking the fields of the ranch looking for dung beetles, while quizzing his family on species of grasses and forbs.