Roots of Resilience

Ranching for Resilience Bellingham Field Day

Ranching for Resilience—A Field Day for Producers and Consumers

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A Savory Global Field Day Event Presented by Roots of Resilience

Saturday, June 24, 2017, in Bellingham, Washington

Learn how a Holistic approach to livestock grazing and ranch management is healthier for the land and the climate, and better for producers and consumers, too.

Bellingham Field Day Program

Sandra Matheson, DVM, owner of Matheson Farms, a beef cattle and yak operation, will be your host. Sandra is a life-long farmer. She has been a Holistic Management practitioner and educator for over 20 years. Learn how she has transformed her land and see how Holistic Management and Holistic Planned Grazing can work in Western Washington.

The field day includes two parts. The morning session is primarily for livestock producers, agencies, and organizations. The afternoon session is aimed at consumers. You may register for one or both.

Morning Session for Livestock Producers, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Made possible in part by a Farm Fund Grant from the Bellingham Community Food Co-op.


Roots of Resilience
North Cascades Meat Producer’s Cooperative
Northwest Ag Business Center


We’ll also talk about the services and training Roots of Resilience offers to help you adopt these ideas in your own operation.

Check the Field Day Program for the complete schedule.

The morning workshop is $37 per person; $17 for students and each additional person from the same family, farm, or organization.

Free Afternoon Session for Consumers, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The afternoon session is free for everyone. Learn about the benefits to you, the eater, and to the land, of grass-fed and grass-finished meat. Tour the farm. Meet yaks in person. Learn how the versatile yak can produce meat, fiber, milk and be a pack animal.

Field Day Schedule

Concessions will be available for both sessions.

Producer Presentations—8:30 am to 12:30 pm

8:00 am—Registration/Check In
8:30 am—Introductions
8:40 am to 9:00 am—Holistic Approach to Farming and Ranching
9:00 am to 9:30 am—Resources and Services
9:30 am to 9:40 am—Genetic Selection
9:40 am to 10:00 am—Break
10:00 am to 10:50 am—Grazing for Resilience and Climate Change Tour
10:50 am to 1:00 am—Break
11:00 am to 11:45 am—Panel: Benefits of Producing Grass Fed/Finished Meats
11:35 am to 11:45 am—Land-to-Market Program
11:45 am to 11:55 pm—Producer Cooperatives
11:55 am to 12:30 pm—Pasture Walk/Monitoring

12:30 pm to 1:00 pm—Lunch Break with music by Willie Canseco

Open House (Consumer Focused)—1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

1:15 pm to 1:25 pm—Welcome
1:25 pm to 1:45 pm—Benefits to the Consumer for Local Grass Fed/Grass Finished Meats
2:00 pm to 2:45 pm—Farm Tour
3:00 pm to 3:15 pm—The Versatile Yak
3:15 pm to 4:00 pm—Visit Displays
4:00 pm—Conclude

A photo of a yak bull in the royal color pattern (black and white) standing in a field with trees and blue sky in the background.

Visit the yaks of Matheson Farms at this special field day. Learn about the versatile yak.

Field Day Event Sponsor

Logo for Bellingham Community Food Coop. Text is Bellingham Community Food Co Op Bellingham's Natural Grocery.

Field Day Host Farm

Logo for Matheson Farms. Text says Matheson Farms,, Grass Fed Beef. Cow grazing with trees and Mount Baker in the background.

Thank You to our 2017 Sponsor

Logo for Country Natural Beef Co-op

This is a Savory Global Field Day Event

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