CIMARRON, N.M. — The CS Ranch in Colfax County, New Mexico will become an outdoor classroom to teach adaptive stewardship grazing and soil health-focused management practices, June 1–3, the Soil Health Academy (SHA) announced today.
The SHA school will feature instruction by Gabe Brown, Alejandro Carrillo, Allen Williams, Ph.D. and other technical consultants, all of whom are widely considered to be among the most preeminent pioneers, innovators and advocates in today’s soil health and regenerative agricultural movement. Topics covered during the three-day school will include…
- The Principles of Soil Health & Adaptive Stewardship
- Restoring Vibrant Ecosystems Through Adaptive Grazing
- Making Grazing Highly Profitable & Desirable
- Multi-species Grazing Strategies
- Successful Marketing: Strategies for Enhanced Net Margins
- The Economics and Finances of Grazing: Using Decision Calculators Effectively
- How to Lay Out Practical and Flexible Grazing Plans
CS Ranch partner and school host Kim Barmann said that while the family-owned-and-operated ranch has employed holistic management principles since the mid 1980s, CS has been able to more recently accelerate its regenerative efforts through a “focused goal of regenerating the health and function of the ranch’s soils.”
“During the SHA school, our ranch will provide students with the opportunity to see the improvements we’ve gained by planting fields in cover crops grazed using adaptive stewardship principles,” Barmann said. “Attendees will also see our native rangeland pastures and will learn how and why practicing and implementing soil health principles is key to improving ecosystem function and the economic stability of our family ranch.”
According to Barmann, the school will also provide an opportunity for experienced, expert grazers and the participants to work together in teams to solve real-world grazing problems and to sharpen their skills.
“I’ve no doubt this school will change one’s perspective on what grazing can and should be,” she said. “Any grazer who wants to take their grazing to the next level will profit from this experience.”
Barmann said that thanks to a contribution from the McDonald’s Corporation, multiple scholarships are also available for qualifying farmers and ranchers to attend this event. To learn more about the school, or to apply for a scholarship, visit www.soilhealthacademy.org.
— Soil Health Academy