Regenerative Agriculture in the spotlight
Another great example of farmers in California using Holistic Management as a regenerative tool is Big Bluff Ranch in Red Bluff, California. Now if you don’t know what Red Bluff is like in the summer, let me tell you, it is hot and dry. With temperatures commonly over 110 degrees Fahrenheit and no rain for months at a time, it can be a harsh climate to say the least. However after adopting Holistic Management some years ago the owners of Big Bluff Ranch began to notice something: the creek that goes through their property stopped going dry in the summer. Now, if any of you have a farming or ranching operation in valleys of California you now what that could mean to your bottom line. I had the distinct privilege to visit the Dawley Family during the worst drought in California history at their Big Bluff Ranch and I can attest to the amount of water that was flowing through the creek, which was once only a “seasonal creek.”
One of the leaders in regenerative agriculture, who comes with a permaculture background, is Mark Shepard of New Forrest Farms. His operation is considered to be one of the most ambitious regenerative agriculture projects in the United States. Mark travels the world helping people develop a better understanding of land planning and restoration agriculture. He has immense knowledge and expertise in working with nature to create food forests that produce an incredible amount of healthy and regenerative food. Recently we decided to join forces and, for the first time ever, offer a combined Holistic Management and Restoration Ag Design course together.
Now if you are ready to learn and adopt these techniques on your landscape, you can gain the tools that you will need to increase crop production while
increasing the nutrient-density of the food that you are producing. I am thrilled to be offering an intensive Holistic Management and Restoration Agriculture Workshop with our friends at Restoration Agriculture Development. For the first time Mark Shepard and I will be teaming up to teach a course that combines the tools that he has developed over the years at New Forrest Farm along with the Savory Institute’s Holistic Management framework.
This workshop promises to go beyond anything that you may have seen at a permaculture workshop in the past. What Mark has done on New Forrest Farm is revolutionary and he is coming to share his tools and insights to integrate with the Holistic Management decision making framework and planned grazing so that we can enhance and re-build our California landscapes.
Restoration Agriculture Course Highlights:
- The theory and practice of Holistic Management and Restoration Agriculture
- Biome identification and ecology
- Keyline design, earthworks, and water management
- No-till farming
- Perennial crop establishment, maintenance, and breeding
- Planning grazing to enhance ecosystem function
- Holistic Financial Planning: planning for profit and peace of mind
- Re-building your ideal landscape after a fire
If you are interested in joining us for this unique workshop, register today, as attendance is capped at 35 people. We are offering an early bird discount for the first 15 people who sign up. Hope to see you soon. If you have any questions about the event you can contact me at: Spencer@Jeffersonhub.com or 775-221-6793.
- Location: Ridgewood Ranch + Grange Farm School 1 Seabiscuit Drive, Willits, California
- Date: March 18-20, 2016
- Register here: http://shop.jeffersonhub.com/products/ridgewood-ranch-holistic-management-and-permaculture-workshop-march-18-to-20-2016