Integrating ranchland ownership with community values

Discovering a new way of owning land that will adequately capitalize working ranches, increase the liquidity of human investment, and maintain whole, healthy landscapes

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The Carbon Fields: How our countryside can save Britain by Graham Harvey

Graham Harvey's book The Carbon Fields: How our countryside can save Britain, does an intriguing job of connecting problems and changes that are not often associated. He blames the epidemic of human health problems, the decline of rural communities, and much of climate change on the shift from perennial grassland agriculture to annual grain farming. The corollary is that these problems could be dealt with by a shift back to grass farming.

Gardeners of Eden: Rediscovering Our Importance to Nature by Dan Dagget


Ripples from the Zambezi: Passion, Entrepreneurship, and the Rebirth of Local Economies by Ernesto Sirolli

Many people wish to strengthen their local economies, reduce dependence on multinational corporations, build community by doing things, or achieve self-fulfilment through meaningful work. Yet these results are not coming easily or economically from the top-down, programmatic, and strategic approaches typically used by governments, economic development districts, and even by community groups, nonprofits, and advocacy organizations.

The ROGUES of Baker County, Oregon

BAKER COUNTY, Oregon--Amid all the controversies that swirl around livestock grazing, fourteen northeast Oregon ranchers, employees, and landowners are determined to keep learning. Calling themselves the ROGUES (Reaching Our Goals Using Education), they are interested in changing the way they make decisions.

Learning as a group: the ROGUES of Baker County, Oregon

by Peter Donovan (1998)

BAKER COUNTY, OREGON--Amid all the controversies that swirl around livestock grazing, a group of fourteen ranchers, employees, and landowners is determined to keep learning. They call themselves the ROGUES (Reaching Our Goals Using Education).

In January of 1994, ranchers Paul and Vicki Wares of Medical Springs, Oregon, drove around the Wallowas to attend an overview of holistic management given by Allan Savory in Joseph.

Diversifying the family farm for profit, pleasure, and production

Joel Salatin is a highly successful family farmer. On his pasture/woodland farm in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, he produces beef, chicken, pork, eggs, rabbits, turkeys, firewood, lumber, and a great deal of real education for his patrons and their families, most of whom receive his newsletter (with order forms) and come directly to Polyface Farm to purchase meat and eggs.

Salatins won't even consider an enterprise that earns less than $30 per hour. They make excellent money, and their customers keep coming back for more.

Managing scarcity and stereotypes

The following is excerpted from Bob Chadwick's Learning Manual 3, Managing Scarcity Conflicts, which is the report from the Consensus Institute at the Colville Confederated Tribes, state of Washington, USA.

A Consensus Institute is a series of three-day, skill-building workshops on managing conflict and change, power, scarcity, and diversity.

The reader should be aware that these manuals outline a process which cannot be simulated, but only described and outlined, on the printed page.

The Great American land monitoring shootout

I got myself into trouble after conducting a quick Pasture Walk Evaluation on a Montana ranch in the fall of 1997 by stating this one-liner, "The sagebrush is increasing."

Three employees of the ranch and I walked a few pastures to see if I could help them determine what was causing a problem with an electric fence that I constructed 14 years ago.

Utah's Deseret Ranch increases environmental quality and profit

In 1978 Gregg Simonds went to work for the Deseret Ranch in Utah. Communication and the land were in poor shape, and the ranch was losing money. For Simonds, these were all aspects of the same whole. During his time there he improved morale, communication, the water cycle, biodiversity, and productivity of the land, and turned the annual deficit into a substantial surplus.

At the WSU/Kellogg first statewide meeting at Yakima in January 1997, Simonds spoke about his experiences, from which the following excerpts have been taken.

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