Roots of Resilience

Ranching for Resilience Spokane Field Day

This photo has lush green pasture in the foreground, a herd of Black Angus cattle grazing and resting from midground to horizon, and deep blue sky with puffy clouds.

Ranching for Resilience—A Field Day for Producers and Consumers

Thank you for your interest in our Field Day. Please see our events page for information on upcoming workshops and events.

A Savory Global Field Day Event Presented by Roots of Resilience

Saturday, June 24, 2017, in Cheney, Washington

A holistic approach to livestock grazing and ranch management is healthier for the land and the climate, and better for producers and consumers, too.

Come to our Spokane Field Day to learn how we can use agriculture and pastoralism to revitalize ecosystems, preserve wild spaces, and regenerate soil.

Beth Robinette, fourth-generation rancher, second-generation Holistic Management practitioner, and co-owner of the Lazy R Ranch, will be your field-day guide. She will share the key ethics behind their land management and how they have managed to keep their family ranch wild and free for over 80 years while creating nutrient-dense, delicious food.

The morning session includes an overview of Holistic Management and Holistic Planned Grazing. Then we’ll do a pasture walk with a show-and-tell discussion about calving in sync with nature, paddock design, and grass finishing.

The Lazy R Ranch includes both irrigated and non-irrigated land, so bring your questions about how Holistic Management and Holistic Planned Grazing applies to both.

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

See the Producer Presentation Schedule for the complete program details.

Free Afternoon Ranch Open House for Consumers, 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

The free afternoon ranch open house will include a presentation on the history of the 80-year-old Lazy R Ranch. Learn how the practice of Holistic Management has transformed the ranch over the past 20 years. Find out how your choice to eat food produced with regenerative practices can help improve local ecosystems and increase climate resilience.

See the afternoon open house schedule for complete program details.

Field Day Schedule

Producer Presentations—9:00 am to 12:30 pm

9:00 am—Registration/Check-in

9:30 am—Introductions

9:45 am to 10:45 am—Holistic Management Overview:
Key Insights
Four Ecosystem Processes
Principles of Holistic Planned Grazing

10:45 Break

11:00-12:30 Pasture Walk and Discussion:
Calving in Sync with Nature
Paddock Design
Reading the Pasture
Grass Finishing

12:30 Adjourn (lunch break)

Free Consumer-Focused Open House, 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

1:30 pm to 1:45 pm—Welcome

1:45 pm to 2:30 pm—Presentation: What is Regenerative Agriculture?

Yes, we can use agriculture and pastoralism as a tool to revitalize ecosystems and preserve wild spaces! Using holistic decision making and Holistic Planned Grazing, we can regenerate the soil. The key ethics behind our land management have allowed us to keep our family ranch wild and free for over 80 years while creating nutrient dense, delicious food.

2:30 pm to 3:45 pm—Ranch Tour

See our ecosystems restoration in practice! A chance to walk the land and see for yourself, plus enjoy our new frolicking baby calves. Please wear sturdy, close-toed shoes as we will be walking through the field.

4:00 Conclude

Field Day Location

The Field Day will take place at the Lazy R Ranch, which is a Roots of Resilience learning site. The Lazy R is in Cheney, WA, near Spokane.

Address: 20811 W Salnave Road, Cheney, WA

This photo shows a group of people standing in a grass field on a summer day. You can tell it's summer because people are wearing short sleeves and some are wearing shorts. The sky is blue with no clouds. There are trees on the horizon. Everying is looking at the presenter, Beth Robinette, who has her back to the camera. Some are taking notes. The clumps of grass are 1- to 2-feet high and look healthy.

Come see what all the excitement is about. Join us for a field day at the Lazy R Ranch.

Spokane Field Day Host Ranch

A grayscale version of the Lazy R Ranch Logo. Text say LAZY R RANCH; the R is lazy (on its back); below is a drawing of a sturdy steer standing with some grass in its mouth.

Thank You to our 2017 Sponsor

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This is a Savory Global Field Day Event

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