Holistic management workshop to help farmer restore and regenerate degraded land

Holistic management allows you to plan, manage and grow your business to build wealth while building biological capital and meeting the needs of the people involved.

Photo credit: Doug Carmichael, MSU

Photo credit: Doug Carmichael, MSU

According to Allan Savory, the Savory Institute founder, and long time advocate of restoring/regerating land, “Ultimately, the only wealth that can sustain any community, economy, or nation is derived from the photosynthetic process – green plants growing on regerating soil.”

Holistic management is centered around four key insights:

  1. Brittleness
  2. Predator-Prey relationships
  3. Timing
  4. Holism

Exploring the the water cycle, mineral cycle, energy flow and community dynamics will help anyone improve their management skills and encourage decisions that regerate land.

Understanding holistic management allows you to plan, manage and grow your business to build wealth while building biological capital, and meeting the needs of the people involved. MSU AgBioResearch, Michigan State Universit Extension, and The Savory Institute are hosting a two-day workshop, “ The Foundations of Holistic Management”. This course exposes participants to insights into holistic management, holistic decision-making, environmental principles and holistic planning procedures for increased success. 

An introduction will be given on the following topics:

  • Key insights supporting holistic management
  • Reading the land’s ecosystem processes
  • Understanding the use of tools on the land
  • How to make decisions looking at economic, ecological, and social needs simultaneously
  • How to plan for a profit, choose enterprises, and prioritize expenses
  • How to plan and pay for infrastructure improvements
  • How to monitor for biological capital growth
  • How to plan for animals to be at the right place, at the right time, and for the right reasons

The course will be held April 26 – 27 from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Lake City AgBio Research Center located at 5401 W. Jennings Road, Lake City, MI 49651. Cost of the event is $150 per participant, $75 for the second person from the same farm. Registration is limited to 20 people. More than one farm decision maker in attendance is highly encouraged but not required. A light breakfast, snacks, and lunch are included with the registration. The course will be taught by certified holistic management trainers Dr. Jason Rowntree and Doug Carmichael.

Please register by April 18, 2017 for the Introduction to Holistic Management workshop online or by sending a check payable to Michigan State University to Lake City AgBio Research Center, 5401 W. Jennings Road, Lake City, MI 49651. Please be sure to include names of all attendees as well as email address.

Related Articles