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Joe Morris explains the learning site idea where livestock are concentrated for a short period followed by a generous recovery period. In the background, the learning site has about 700,000 pounds of stocker cattle per acre.

To California ranchers, livestock operators, land managers who use livestock, and Resource Conservation Districts:

With a one-day Rancher-to-Rancher session, we connect:

  • the core principles of soil health and ecosystem function
  • the wisdom and experience of participants
  • firsthand observations and experiments using most of our senses and simple equipment

into a fun and social experience of inquiry and shared learning. 

This is not a rule-based program, or a PowerPoint lecture. We adapt each session according to the situation and participants. We share some skills and questions we use, and we can help you create an environment for participation, observation, and shared learning. We can provide support for continued experimentation and learning with followup events.

See also the similar Land Listeners workshop.

One common and popular format: the Rancher-to-Rancher network can help you set up a small, no-risk learning site trial on your land, say a couple of acres or less, where you could concentrate livestock for a few hours or a day, and give it a substantial recovery period from grazing.  This could be a public event, or not. Our support could be help in planning the trial to work with your needs, some monitoring of the soil surface and water infiltration.

We have been funded mainly by the 11th Hour project. To participate, contact one of our committee members:

Joe Morris (San Juan Bautista) 831-801-3798 (joe at morrisgrassfed dot com);

Richard King (Petaluma) 707-217-2308 rking1675 at gmail dot com;

Kent Reeves (San Joaquin Valley, Sierra Foothills) kengewa at hotmail dot com;

Peter Donovan (Soil Carbon Coalition, often traveling) 541-263-1888 managingwholes dot com at gmail dot com

Billy Freeman (Sierra Foothill Conservancy) bsfreema at gmail dot com

Some articles:

ALTA Magazine article on Rancher-to-Rancher network, May 2021

Rancho Jamul field day (March 2017)

R2R field day near Prather, California with Sierra Foothill Conservancy on March 19, 2016.

Short story on field demo at Hollister SVRA, 4/13.

Read more or download our project description and intro here.

With rancher-to-rancher monitoring forms and cheat sheet here.

Graeme Hand explains some experiments in Australia:

Initial planning meeting: collective statement here.

Gathering at Rancho Jamul, San Diego County, March 2017