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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.

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

Photograph of monitoring workshops attendess and instructor in the field making observations and taking notes.

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

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

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