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Beginning Farmers & Ranchers: Harness the Power of Holistic Management (1st class; ends on 3/24)

02/02/18, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Holistic Management International’s Beginning Farmer Program (only session in CA in 2018) is open to new and seasoned farmers, ranchers, and land managers who want to learn how to holistically manage their business.

Program graduates will walk away with the networking, skills and confidence needed to build successful, sustainable agricultural enterprises, as well as a Certificate of successful completion. Holistic Management‘s curriculum focuses on business planning skills, time management, soil fertility management, and profitable sustainable livestock and crop farming practices.

The Program

Classroom learning complements on-the-land exercises in this training program. There will be time in class to network with others and get feedback on class assignments. Participants will develop a whole farm goal, a draft business plan, as well as a financial and marketing plan while learning how to improve time management, leadership, and communication skills. Participants will receive a certificate for successful completion of this course. HMI’s course includes 60 hours of training across ten sessions, and due to its popularity, the selection process is competitive. HMI encourages those interested in the course to
register early
. HMI is pleased to announce that this program qualifies for FSA Borrower Training Credit in California.

Agenda and Location

HMI’s ten-day course is taught over 2 months (Feb & March 2018). The group meets on Fridays and Saturdays from 9am to 4pm and includes classroom and interactive on-the-land learning.

  • Feb 2: Intro to Holistic Management: Creating Your Holistic Goal: Create a Whole Farm Inventory to better understand the “Whole Under Management” and draft a Holistic Goal for the farm which will guide future decisions.
  • Feb 3: Time Management – Testing Decisions: Create a Time Management Plan to be sure all the tasks for every enterprise can happen without crowding and overlap. Learn to test decisions towards the Holistic Goal to minimize unintended consequences.
  • Feb 9: Financial Planning 1:Create a Holistic Financial Plan for the farm, learn to analyze each enterprise and the month-to-month cash flow, and how to plan for profit.
  • Feb 10: Financial Planning 2:Create a Holistic Financial Plan for the farm, learn to analyze each enterprise and the month-to-month cash flow, and how to plan for profit.
  • Feb 23: Business Planning: Create a Business Plan that helps focus the operation and can be used for borrowing and seeking investment.
  • Feb 24: Marketing: Learn different marketing strategies and create a Marketing Plan that supports the Holistic Goal.
  • March 9: Leadership and Communication: Learn to communicate better with others, build an effective management team and become a better leader.
  • March 10: Land Planning: Learn how to create landscapes and infrastructure for maximum ease and productivity; create a Holistic Land Plan and learn how to implement it in conjunction with the financial plan.
  • March 23: Grazing or Cropping Planning: Discover how to plan for improved ecological, economic and social outcomes with planned Grazing or Cropping. Learn soil building techniques, how animals impact the land and how to maximize positive effects by creating a Holistic Plan.
  • March 24: Soil Health: Learn about Ecosystem Processes and the effect different tools have depending on the climate. Learn to read the land and create a Biological Monitoring Plan that provides information for better decision making.
Registration, Costs & Scholarships

Cost for the entire 10 session certificate program is $700. Cost for a 2nd registrant from the same farm is discounted to $300.

Full and partial scholarships are available based on financial need through HMI. Please email HMI directly (scholarships@holisticmanagement.org) and be as specific on your Scholarship Application as possible.

Space in this program is limited, so register early!

*EARLY BIRD SPECIAL* Register by Dec 31 and receive HMI’s 4-part Introduction to Holistic Management® Whole Farm/Ranch Planning e-manual. Get a jumpstart on your learning with Holistic Goal Setting, Decision Making, Ecosystem Processes and Principles to Practices.

Scholarship Deadline: January 24, 2018
Registration Deadline: January 25, 2018

We ask that you bring your lunch to each day of training as meals will not be provided.

Money Back Guarantee
HMI stands behind their training programs. If you participate fully in this training program by attending all sessions and completing all assignments satisfactorily, and if you’re are not completely satisfied within 10 days of program completion, HMI will refund your registration fees.

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Holistic Management International



School of Adaptive Agriculture


16200 N Hwy 101, Willits, CA, CA