Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Holistic Management Workshop - Feb 25

What: Tools for Innovation in Land Management Workshop
Location: Forage Systems Research Center, 21262 Genoa Road, Linneus, MO 64653, 660-895-5121
Date: February 25, 2012
Time: 10 AM – 5 PM

This workshop will focus on the following topics:
• Enterprise stacking for diversifying production
• Innovative strategies and tools for increasing land health and farm profitability
• Land-manager developed plans for taking action and implementation

The agenda for this seminar will be as follows:

10:00 – 10:10 - Logistics, administrative details and introductions
10:10 – 10:20 - Introduction to tools for innovation in land management
10:20 – 10:40 - Introduction to Keyline*
10:40 – 12:00 - Perennial Farm Systems, Pasture Cropping, Livestock & Perennial Farming**
12:00 – 1:00 - Lunch
1:00 – 1:30 - Using Google Earth for Land Planning
1:30 – 5:00 - Breakout planning and design sessions

* Keyline design is a technique for maximizing beneficial use of water resources of a piece of land.

** Pasture Cropping is a technique, developed in Australia, of sowing crops into living perennial pastures and having these crops grow symbiotically with the existing pastures. We will also discuss adding fruit and nut trees and integrating that with a grazing operation.

Holistic Management International helps to improve your land and your life.  At HMI, our mission is to educate people to manage land for a sustainable future. We accomplish this by delivering a variety of programs and services designed to educate and support farmers, ranchers and land stewards in their efforts to enhance the land through Holistic Management, a Whole Farm/Ranch Planning System that, naturally, mimics nature. We believe that people count, healthy land is essential, and money matters.
Frank Aragona will be our speaker at this year’s seminar. Frank is the Director, Research and Development for Holistic Management International.  He is from Albuquerque New Mexico. Frank graduated from Michigan Technological University with a Master’s of Science in Forestry. From 2000 to 2003, Frank worked on agroforestry projects as a Peace Corps volunteer in a small agricultural village in Bolivia. In 2004 he created a small consulting company with the mission of integrating Information Technology and sustainable agriculture.  Frank began working with HMI in 2008.  In his free time Frank host the Agroinnovations Podcast, an online audio program that discusses permaculture, agroforestry, appropriate technology, and Holistic Management®.
From US Highway 36:  Turn north on State Road FF 1 1/2 miles west of Brookfield. Follow FF about 6 miles to end of blacktop and turn west (left) on Genoa Road.  Follow signs 1 1/2 miles to office building on south side of road.
From MO Route 5:  Turn east on State Road P at Linneus. Proceed 2 miles east until Rte. P turns sharply north where Finn Road exits on the curve. Follow Finn Road south 1 3/4 miles to Genoa Road. Turn east on Genoa and follow to office building on south side of road.

If you have any questions please call Tim at 817-929-4405

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