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Marketing Sessions at Northwest Grazing Conference 2017

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Cows dining on good organic grass at Pride and Joy Dairy. Photo courtesy of Pride and Joy Dairy

Get the Most Value from Your Grass-Based Meat,  Dairy, Wool, and Leather

Marketing Your Sustainably-Raised Products

You put extra work and investment into your farm or ranch. You create healthy soil, healthy landscapes, and healthy animals. And high-quality, healthy products for your customers.

How do you market those products to earn a living and invest back into your operation?

Check out these marketing sessions at Managing for Resilience: Northwest Grazing Conference 2017.

Getting Your Good Meat to Market: Processing, Pricing, and Marketing

You go through the effort to produce high quality meat. Now you need to sell it in order to sustain your grass farming livelihood. In this workshop, Rebecca Thistlethwaite of the Niche Meat Processing Assistance Network and Tracy Smaciarz of Heritage Meats will give marketing tips. They’ll talk about working with your processor, developing good cutting instructions, packaging and labeling tips, selecting market channels, building a brand, and pricing strategies.

Rebecca is a farm and sustainability consultant. She’s the author of Farms with a Future: Creating and Growing a Sustainable Farm Business, Chelsea Green Publishing. 2013, and The New Livestock Farmer: The Business of Raising and Selling Ethical Meat, Chelsea Green Publishing, June, 2015. In addition to presenting a workshop, she will have her books available for purchase and signing at the conference.

Tracy is president and head butcher of Heritage Meats, a business begun by Tracy’s father in 1977. Tracy helps independent small growers market their meat products to local restaurants and retailers.

Tracy’s collaborations include Full Circle Farm, the largest Community Supported Agriculture program in Washington State,  and world-renowned Canlis restaurant chef Jason Franey.

Grass-Fed Dairy Marketing

Allen Voortman, owner of Pride and Joy Dairy in Granger, Washington, will lead a session on dairy marketing. Pride and Joy Dairy is the rare certified organic raw-milk dairy in Washington State. They are totally grass-based and market their products directly to consumers.

Voortman’s presentation at our field day last fall was hugely popular and we’re please to have him back for the Grazing Conference.

Land-to-Market Program

The Roots of Resilience team will introduce the new Land-to-Market (L2M) program being prototyped by the Savory Institute. Land to Market will provide verification to consumers for meat, dairy, leather, and wool. It’s designed to create a production system and market for products that regenerate land and human health.

The L2M program is developing an ecological outcome verification tool to allow robust measurements of key indicators of ecosystem health. Come to this session to learn how you can participate.

Register Now for Northwest Grazing Conference 2017

Find out more and register for Managing for Resilience: Northwest Grazing Conference 2017 on the main conference page.

Grazing Conference Early Registration Deadline Extended

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NRCS photo by Tracy Robillard

Good News Procrastinators!

Grazing Conference Early Registration Extended to April 26

Too busy filing your income taxes to register for Northwest Grazing Conference 2017? We understand. Just for you, we’ve extended the early registration deadline to April 26.

If you’ve been planning to sign up but haven’t gotten around to it, now’s your chance.

More conference info on our main conference page, or

Click on this Register now button to register for the conference

Thank You Conference Sponsors

Soil Builder

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Southworth Brothers Ranch

Pacific Intermountain Mortgage Company

Land Trusts, Conservation Groups, and Agencies—Grazing Conference Sessions Just for You

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Improving rangeland diversity. NRCS photo by Bob Nichols

Managing Grasslands for Climate Resilience and Environmental Restoration

Protect Grasslands, Regenerate Soil, Sequester Carbon

Do you own, manage, or hold conservation easements on grasslands? Or do you work with ranchers or owners or managers of grazing land? Learn how grasslands can be managed to:

  • Increase soil carbon sequestration
  • Improve water infiltration, water quality, and riparian habitat
  • Restore soil health
  • Reduce fire risk
  • Produce more forage (and more profit)

By permanently protecting eligible grassland, you might even be able to get paid for carbon credits.

These topics and more will be presented at the Northwest Grazing Conference 2017: Managing for Resilience, May 10 and 11, Pendleton Convention Center, Pendleton. Oregon.

Find more info at the main conference page. Ready to sign up? You can

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Grassland Carbon Credits—Get Paid to Permanently Protect Grassland

Max DuBuisson, Director of Policy for the Climate Action Reserve; Mik McKee, The Climate Trust; and Rebecca Haynes, Environmental Defense Fund, will present a session on carbon offset credits.

Learn how you can earn carbon offset credits for permanently protection grasslands in the Grassland Carbon Credits session on day two of the conference.

Markets for carbon offset credits have existing for more than 20 years, gaining significant size and maturity in the last decade. However, these markets have only recently been able to provide incentives for grassland conservation

In 2015 the Climate Action Reserve, a private, nonprofit carbon offset registry, developed an offset project protocol for the avoided conversion of grassland to cropland. These projects are attractive to landowners who are interested in long-term conservation, but require additional incentive to commit to permanent protection. They are also attractive to land trusts who need an additional source of funding to support conservation activities.

The long-term management of a grassland carbon project dovetails neatly with the existing work of land trusts. Also in 2015, the Reserve, along with several partners, received a two-year Conservation Innovation Grant from the USDA NRCS to support implementation and outreach related to grassland carbon projects. This session will include an introduction to carbon markets, a basic overview of the grassland protocol, how to assess the feasibility of a grassland project, and information regarding the project economics.

More Sessions on Land Conservation and Restoration

Water Quality and Riparian Management

Tipton Hudson, Kittitas County Director, Washington State University Extension focuses on sustainable rangeland grazing, ecosystem monitoring, and protecting and improving riparian function and watershed health through smarter grazing practices. He works with ranchers, regulators, and natural resource professionals to support the adoption of management practices that improve rangeland conditions and water quality.

Tip’s session on Water Quality and Riparian Management will be repeated both days.

Soil Carbon Sequestration

Peter Donovan, co-founder of the Soil Carbon Coalition, believes opportunity for increasing carbon and water in the soil is huge. And that increasing soil carbon will help drive improvement in social and economic conditions as well as enhance biodiversity and ecological resiliency.

Peter has spent the past several years touring the country collecting soil carbon data as part of the Soil Carbon Challenge. He will share what he’s learned through his many years of practicing Holistic Management and working with innovative natural resource stewards.

Peter’s session on Soil Carbon Sequestration will be on day two of the conference.

Targeted Grazing

Karen Launchbaugh, rangeland scientist and Director of the University of Idaho Rangeland Center, is  editor of Targeted Grazing: A Natural Approach to Vegetation Management and Landscape Enhancement, a handbook on grazing as a new ecological service.

From the Introduction to Targeted Grazing, by Dr. Launchbaugh and John Walker:

“Grazing by wild and domestic animals is a powerful natural force working in all ecosystems. The kind and abundance of plants that characterize any plant community are a result of the climate, soils, and herbivores including insects, wildlife, and livestock that inhabit that place. The regenerative or destructive power of herbivory to shape plant communities has been demonstrated time and time again as humans have managed the grazing of domestic livestock. For better or worse, livestock grazing has been applied for thousands of years in ways that change plant communities. Along with fire, grazing is the oldest vegetation management tool.

“Today, livestock grazing is being rediscovered and honed as a viable and effective tool to address contemporary vegetation management challenges, like controlling invasive exotic weeds, reducing fire risk in the wildland-urban interface, and finding chemical-free ways to control weeds in organic agriculture. The challenge of converting livestock grazing from a ubiquitous land use into a powerful vegetation shaping tool requires a paradigm shift for both land managers and livestock producers.”

Dr. Launchbaugh’s session is on day two of the conference.

Targeted Grazing and Fire Control

Chris Schachtschneider will continue the targeted grazing theme. Chris is Livestock and Natural Resource Assistant Professor with University of Oregon Cooperative Extension, Umatilla County. He will present his recent research on where and how targeted livestock grazing can play a role in fire control.

Chris’s session is on day two of the conference.

Biochar to Improve Degraded Range

Jim Archuleta, is a Forest Soil Scientist with Umatilla National Forest. He’s also a member of the steering committee of the Northwest Biochar Working Group. Jim has collaborated on research on how land managers can convert waste wood to biochar that is used to improve degraded soil.

Forest managers remove excess wood from forests to reduce wildfire hazard. The woody material is typically burned in slash piles. This process can harm soil and pollute the air with smoke and particulate emissions. Burning the wood in the absence of oxygen creates charcoal (biochar). This process reduces air pollution and the harmful impacts on the soil.

The biochar can be applied to soil to improve soil productivity and water infiltration. Biochar is a stable form of carbon, so this also sequesters more carbon in the soil.

Jim’s session will be on day two of the conference.

Intros to Holistic Management Land Planning and Monitoring Methods

Everything you wanted to know about Holistic Management, but were afraid to ask!

The Roots of Resilience Team will be presenting introductions to the full suite of Holistic Management land planning and monitoring methods. These sessions will all be on day two of the conference.

  • Introduction to Holistic Management—how to develop a Holistic Context for decision making and test your decisions based on your context
  • Introduction to Monitoring—the basics of ecological monitoring and recognizing indicators of ecological health
  • Introduction to Holistic Land Planning—how to plan for infrastructure and other improvements to your land
  • Holistic Planned Grazing—an extended afternoon session on how to develop a grazing plan that that puts your animals in the right place at right time for the right reason

More conference info at the main conference page or, if you’re ready to sign up, you can

Click on this Register now button to register for the conference

Thank You Conference Sponsors

Soil Builder

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Southworth Brothers Ranch

Pacific Intermountain Mortgage Company

Help Create a New Grazing Planning App

Be a Field Tester for a New App

Update: Thanks—We Exceeded Our Quota

Thank you to everyone who volunteered, share our post, or expressed an interest in our project to create an app for holistic planned grazing. We had an overwhelming response and exceeded our quota ahead of our deadline.

Unfortunately, (as of December 21, 2016) we have not been able to secure all of the cash matching funds we need to go ahead with the proposal. We were so excited about the chance to work with all the cool ranchers and farmers who volunteered to be our field testers. And we’re really disappointed that it looks like we may not be able to go forward with this particular grant proposal.

We will keep our eyes open for other funding sources for this project. If you know of anyone interested in supporting this idea, please let us know.

Help Us Make Holistic Planned Grazing Easier

We’re teaming up with PastureMap on a grant application to create a holistic grazing planning app. We need volunteer field testers to try out the app and give us feedback.

For a successful grant application, we’d like to sign up 50 field testers by December 23.

We need ranchers with all levels of experience with holistic planned grazing—from beginner to expert—to sign up as volunteer field testers. We want real feedback from real folks who are managing their livestock on the land. Only with your participation can we make sure our app really works out in the field.

Thanks for your interest in this project.


Eat It, Wear It, Regenerate It – Field Day

Eat It, Wear It, Regenerate It: Igniting a Consumer Revolution

Consumers, wholesalers and artisans are demanding products that are not only sustainable, but actually help regenerate land. Roots of Resilience is proud to host a field day at our learning site, the Lazy R Ranch near Spokane, on November 4, 2016. Producers, consumers and buyers of livestock products are welcome. There will be short films about meat, dairy, fiber and leather followed by panel discussions, a tour and a land monitoring demonstration. This field day is part of a Savory Institute global event held in many parts of the world simultaneously. The following day, Roots of Resilience will present several classes at the Spokane Small Farm Expo

Eat It, Wear It, Regenerate It—Igniting a Consumer Revolution: A Holistic Management Field Day







Save the Date! Holistic Management Grazing Conference 2017 Scheduled for May 10 & 11

Photo of attendee discussion at the Roots of Resilience 2015 Grazing Conference

Informal discussion among conference attendees and presenters is as valuable as formal presentations at the Grazing Conference

Join Us in Pendleton for the Roots of Resilience Holistic Management Grazing Conference 2017

Be sure to mark your calendar for the Roots of Resilience 2017 Grazing Conference.

Dates: May 10 & 11, 2017

Location: We’re excited to be holding our 2017 Holistic Management Grazing Conference at the Pendleton Convention Center in Pendleton, Oregon.

Program Schedule, Registration, & Other Details

We are currently firming up our workshop schedule. To get on our list for email updates, please email us at

Want to be part of the conference?

Interested in presenting a workshop, panel discussion, or other session? Would you like to be a conference sponsor or exhibitor? Please contact our conference chair, Doug Warnock,, with your ideas.

Everything You Want to Know About Farming But Were Afraid to Ask

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Spokane Small Farm Expo to Feature Livestock Workshops by Roots Educators

This year’s Small Farm & Food Expo in Spokane, Washington, is coming up November 5. Choose from dozens of classes.

This full-day conference full day of classes and speakers will have lots of useful information for every small acreage farmer, garden enthusiast, and foodie. There’s even a special youth track.

Roots of Resilience is curating the livestock sessions, including:

Low Stress Livestock Handling

This 2-hour course includes a combination of classroom presentation and practical hands on goat herding. Whether you are a veteran cowpuncher or just getting started in livestock, this hands-on stockmanship class will give you new skills and tools to help you work with your stock’s natural instincts to get them to go where you want them and make them feel like it was their idea!

Introduction to Large Livestock

You’ve mastered chickens, maybe you’ve chased a few goats in your day. Staring down a 2,000 lb bull, however, can feel like a big leap. Learn the basics of care, nutrition, and infrastructure requirements for large livestock.

So You Want to Work With Animals (Youth Track)

Working with animals  can be rewarding and fun and sometimes challenging. Here is a chance to learn more about possible career options working with pets, livestock, and other animals—from veterinarian to zoo keeper, from farmer to dog trainer—and more in between.

Should I Call the Vet?

This class provides some guidelines on common farm health issues and tips for deciding when to call the vet or when you can handle it yourself. Learn what constitutes a time sensitive emergency or something beyond the average farmer’s comfort or skill level.

Holistic Grazing Planning

Learn how you can turn your herd or flock into a carbon-sequestering, water-retaining, soil-building, grass-growing machine. By carefully planning when and where your animals will be, you can actually reverse decertification, increase stocking capacity, and have plenty of habitat and feed left over for wildlife. Learn from a team of veterans with decades of experience in Holistic Planned Grazing in this hands-on 2-hour class.

Holistic Land Planning

Too often, farmers are stuck working around crumbling infrastructure. Whether it’s a corral with a poor design, or placement of a production field that isn’t ideal. This class will show you a process to figure out the best possible infrastructure layout for your farm or ranch, and then help you create a path to move from your existing infrastructure layout to the farm of your dreams!

Ecological Land Monitoring

Get scientific and discover ways to monitor ecological factors on your farm or ranch. When you have a baseline, you can monitor changes and improvements based on new techniques you want to try.

Ready to Sign Up?

You can find more info and links to registration at the Expo Home Page.

Still time to register for the Land Monitoring Workshop

Register Now for the June 21—June 22 Holistic Land Monitoring Workshop

Still time to register, but hurry, registration closes Friday, June 17

Monitoring is Key to Improving Your Land’s Health

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Workshop attendees get hands-on monitoring practice.

In this two-day workshop you’ll learn ecological monitoring principles with hands-on activities. Come home with practical techniques you can use on your own land.

Dates: Tuesday, June 21, 9 am to 5 pm, and Wednesday, June 22, 8 am to 4 pm
Location: Lazy R Ranch, 20811 W Salnave Road, Cheney, WA

Tip Hudson—WSU Extension Rangeland and Livestock Management Specialist
Maurice and Beth Robinette—Owners of the Lazy R Ranch, Holistic Management Educators and Practitioners

More details and registration information for the Ecological Land Monitoring Workshop


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Roots of Resilience

We Have a New Name!

The Pacific Northwest Center for Holistic Management has changed its name to Roots of Resilience.

Just as strong roots are the foundation of a plant’s growth, Holistic Management is the solid foundation for sound decision making, effective business management and a rewarding life.

We still provide the same professional services and educational opportunities as before. Be sure to Contact Us to talk about what we can do to help you and your business thrive.

And honestly, the old name was a mouthful anyway.

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Complimentary Workshop in Spokane

A free introductory short workshop will be held at the Lazy R Ranch near Spokane, WA on December 19, 2015.

Registration Closed

For more information, email Beth Robinette at or call (509) 990-4247

The Savory Network is a global network of entrepreneurial leaders committed to serving their regions with

Holistic Management training and implementation support.

Manage your land to maximize pasture and animal health! The Lazy R Ranch is a fourth-generation family

operation that has been managing holistically for nearly 20 years. Get a combination of the theory and the practice

behind Holistic Management in this FREE workshop.

Location: Lazy R Ranch

20811 W. Salnave Rd. Cheney, WA

Time: December 19, 2015 at 10 am-12 pm

Farmers, ranchers, customers, and community members are all welcome to attend this free event. We will spend some time reviewing the basic principals of Holistic Management. Then we’ll spend some time on the land looking at the benefits of two decades of Holistic Management.

Register for Workshop

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