Posts by Dana Penrice

Digging Deeper: Open Space Discussions (2017)

Have you ever attended a conference where there just wasn’t enough time? Where you didn’t get to touch on the...

Ranch Finances 101: Running the Numbers on Grazing – Sean McGrath (2017)

Explore how to run the numbers of different management decisions and how it will impact your farm or ranch’s profitability....

Ecological Design for On Farm Water Security – Takota Coen (2017)

Hear how ecological farm design and permaculture principles have been used to capture water and create a resilient water management...

Seed Security and Growing Seed – Rachelle Ternier and Chris Wooding (2017)

Seeds play an integral role in our farming and food systems. Learn the many facets of seed security and how...

The Pulse on Growing New Organic Pulse Varieties in Alberta – Brenda Frick (2017)

Your update on new pulse varieties suitable for production under organic management. Hear how experienced farmer Steve Snider optimizes the...

Shelter-belts, Eco-buffers and Beneficial Insects – Luke Wonneck (2017)

Learn what shelter belt design considerations and species selection. Understand how to adapt shelterbelts to provide habitat for beneficial pollinators....

Sheep, Poultry and Pork: The Livestock Start Up – Donovan and Lisa Kitt, Marnie Chown and Patrick DeBurg (2017)

Do you want to get into livestock but don’t know where to start? This session is for you! Hear how...

The Opportunity for Marketing Slow Meat – Ian Gribel (2017)

You know Slow Food, but have you heard of Slow Meat? Learn the three principles of Slow Meat, and how...

Finding Hope in Regenerative Agriculture: Low-cost, Low-tech, Nature-based Solutions for the Planet – Courtney White (2017)

Courtney White is the cofound the Quivira Coalition, a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to building a radical center among ranchers,...

Using Qualities of Heritage Grains to Build Local Markets – Chris Wooding (2017)

Using the Qualities of Heritage Grains to Build Local Markets Learn how heritage varieties add diversity to the farm, your...

Innovations in Integrating Cover Crops into Vegetable Rotations – Cam Beard and Rosemary Wotske (2017)

Innovations in Integrating Cover Crops into Vegetable Crop Rotations Cover crops are hot right now but where to start? Seasoned...

Managing for Post-Harvest Organic Grain Quality – Bill Aduono and Scott Shiels (2017)

Managing for post-Harvest Grain Quality Learn more about the many factors impacting the quality of the grain you are wanting...

Lessons in Livestock Marketing from Farmer to Butcher – Andrew Sedlak (2017)

Hear how First Nature Farms found their niche between direct marketing and retail. Nose-to-tail butcher Andrew M. Sedlak describes the...

Pros and Cons of Different Marketing Strategies from Experienced Fruit & Vegetable Farmers – Andrew Mans and Trevor Aleman (2017)

Pros and Cons of different Marketing Strategies from Experienced Fruit and Vegetable Producers There are so many options out there...

Growing the Next Generation of Prairie Farmers – Anna Jones Crabtree and Doug Crabtree (2017)

How do we prepare aspiring and new farmers to manage successful, viable prairie farms? Learn about one farm’s experience creating...

Whole Farm & Ranch Planning Course – Imperial, SK

For over 35 years farmers and ranchers in Canada have used Holistic Management to improve land, grow nutritious food, and...

Holistic Management Course for Family Farms – Lucknow, ON

Location: Lucknow, ON Dates: February 8, 9 & 10 and 23, 24 & 25 Course Instructors:  Tony & Fran McQuail Course Content: ...

Whole Farm & Ranch Planning Course – St. Claude, MB

Location: St. Claude, MB Dates: January 23, 24 & 25 and February 3, 4, & 5 Holistic Management gives you the tools...

Whole Farm & Ranch Planning Course – Foam Lake, SK

Location: Foam Lake, SK Dates: February 10,11, & 12 & Mar 3, 4 & 5 Holistic Management gives you the tools...

Taking Stock of Your Farm in 2017

As the end of the year approaches, it’s customary to reflect on the past year. Taking stock of our successes...

Ideas, Innovating and Inspiration from the 2016 HMI Gathering at Paicines Ranch

At the generous invitation of Sally Calhoun, owner of the Paicines Ranch, I was invited to participate in the Holistic...

Ferintosh Holistic Management Info Session, November 27th

JOIN US FOR AN INFORMATION SESSION 2:00 PM ON NOVEMBER 27, 2016 Little Beaver Hi U Centre Ferintosh AB RSVP...

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Gross Profit Analysis Excercise

The fall run of calves is just beginning. As we ponder what and when to sell in this lower market,...

East Peace Beef Cattle Day, November 30th

Join the Peace Country Beef and Forage Association for their upcoming event and learn more about Holistic Management from certified...

Brownfield Holistic Management Info Session, November 15th

For over 35 years farmers and ranchers in Alberta have used Holistic Management to improve land, grow nutritious food, and...

Farming and Climate Change on the Canadian Prairies – Darrin Qualman (2017)

Visualize how the prairies will be impacted by a changing climate and understand the road map that could lead farmers...

Soil Carbon Cowboys

Frequently Asked Grazing Questions

Will I benefit by doing a grazing plan? Yes definitely. A grazing plan will allow you to stop overgrazing. As...

Hunter Lovins on Holistic Management

Resilient: Soil, water and the new stewards of the American West

Videos for the HM Practitioners That You May Have Missed

 

Animation of the Co-Evolution of Grasslands and Grazers

The Ecological Memory of a River

Soil Carbon

Not the average topic of conversation for most people. Yet it’s critical to all of our survival. 2015 is the...

When It’s Time to Hand the Farm to the Next Generation, the Simple Life Is Anything But

When It’s Time to Hand the Farm to the Next Generation, the Simple Life Is Anything But

Holistic Management is often an important tool in succession planning. Check out this reflective article written by Shannon Hayes as...

Engineered Food and Your Health

Engineered Food and Your Health

The Value Of A Smile

The Value Of A Smile

It costs nothing but creates much. It enriches those who receive, without impoverishing those who give. It happens in a...

‘Earth on Fire’ Documentary

‘Earth on Fire’ Documentary

The Magic Bank Account

The Magic Bank Account

This was sent to me by Blain Hjertaas. Thanks Blain. The author is not known. It was found in the...

Western Canadian Holistic Management Conference – 5 Days Away!

Western Canadian Holistic Management Conference – 5 Days Away!

For producers who are new to Holistic Management or those that have been practitioners for many years, this conference offers...

Land Literacy: An Except from Grass, Soil, Hope

Land Literacy: An Except from Grass, Soil, Hope

View an except from Courtney White’s book ‘Grass, Soil, Hope: A Journey through Carbon Country’ here: http://www.resilience.org/stories/2015-01-05/land-literacy. How many people...

Why do you farm?

Why do you farm?

Snuggled up in our home after peeling off our winter coveralls having just come from feeding our sheep, I came...

The Best Year of My Life

The Best Year of My Life

Below is a part of a poem sent to me by Kier Barker. Kier spoke at our annual conference a...

Western Canadian Holistic Management Conference

Western Canadian Holistic Management Conference

Every farm and ranch is unique and Holistic Management enables you to deal with the uniqueness. While the principles are...

Low Stress Livestock Handling

Low Stress Livestock Handling

I had the good fortune to work with & learn from Bud Williams about 25 years ago. Up until that...

Manitoba Forage & Grazing Symposium

Manitoba Forage & Grazing Symposium

Bev & I attended the Manitoba Forage & Grazing Symposium on Dec. 9th & 10th. The information presented & the...

Financial Planning

Financial Planning

There are 4 main differences that set H M financial planning apart from other types of financial planning. These are: 1....

Weaning 2014

Weaning 2014

We have been weaning for the past week or so. For the last 5 or 6 years we have used...

A Community Approach to Sharing the Noble Work of Putting Food on Plates

A Community Approach to Sharing the Noble Work of Putting Food on Plates

Remberance Day Thoughts

Remberance Day Thoughts

Now She is a Teacher In September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren a history teacher...