Whole Farm Planning Success Stories by Tracy Favre


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Whole Farm Planning Success Stories by Tracy Favre

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  2. 2. What is Holistic Management? A whole farm/ranch management processIt’s a way of making decisions  How to decide what’s important  How to plan for sustainability  How to prioritizeIt’s a collection of tools  Financial priority analysis  Land planning  Grazing management  Monitoring
  3. 3. Holistic Management: Managing for Success Sound, achievable goals - Sustainability  Holistic goal  Future Resource Base Description Create the plan  Land Plan  Financial Priority Plan  Grazing planning Monitoring Feedback to planning Re-plan, if necessary
  4. 4. 2004Monitoring Transect Results in Dry Country 2005 2006 2007
  5. 5. How Does HMI Work and For Whom? HMI helps farmers to achieve critical goals…
  6. 6. Holistic Management Can:Significantly increase annual profitsEnhance the natural health, productivity and profitability of landProvide a framework for family, owners, managers, and other farm stakeholders to work together toward a common future  Helps identify priorities  Helps resolve conflicts
  7. 7.  Shift from linear to holistic decision making  Financially, socially and environmentally sound Manage short and long-term Address problems by  Root cause versus symptom  Shift from “problem/fix it”  Don’t adapt management to the problem Manage for what you want and the whole Leave no fertile ground for problems
  8. 8. Why Bother to Practice Holistic Management Whole Farm Planning? Become a working partner with Nature instead of fighting against it Improve profits and production Benefit farm family relationships Improve wildlife habitats
  9. 9. Success Stories11
  10. 10. Erin Pearson Natural beef, goats, pastured poultry and horses  Trained in Whole Farm Planning as part of HMI’s Rappahannock Future Farms program  Goal was to maximize her forage, improve the property and make a profit  “My pastures are looking lush, more filled, much less water travelling and much more forage-I expect to have pasture well into the end of January or beyond. “12
  11. 11. Erin Pearson  Costs of the operation is down- due and almost zero grain usage.  Decision-making is saving labor and time.  Using portable netting fences will allow multi species grazing where it couldn’t be otherwise.13
  12. 12. Key Lessons From the Training  Do the holistic questions before adding new ventures and when managing decisions.  Work the financial information- face the reality of the facts.  Grow the operations that can feed and/or make money and reduce the hobby aspects to a “fun” and manageable level.14
  13. 13. Cliff Miller and Mike Peterson Mount Vernon Farm Grass finished beef and lamb, pastured pork and pastured eggs  Year One of HMI’s Future Farm Program  Goals were to create a strong management team for the future of the farm and to improve productivity15 Photo by Molly Peterson
  14. 14. Cliff Miller and Mike Peterson Mount Vernon Farm  Because of our planning, we did not take as much off (grazing) of our fields this fall as we did last year.  When I last measured our stockpile one month ago, we already had 20 additional days of grazing than we did last year. I’ve projected to feed half the amount of hay that I did last year.16
  15. 15. Key Lessons from the Training  “Our communication is so much better, and it wouldn’t have happened without going through this process.”  With one full year of training under our belts, I think we will view our entire annual plan differently. We are actually going to make a budget, project sales, project expected expenditures, etc. Which is something that we have never done.17
  16. 16. Anita Ramos and Reid Folsom Native tree and shrub nursery and horse boarding  Year One of HMI’s Future Farm Program  “Our quality of life values helped us to decide to drop one flower show because of the stress and strain; personal satisfaction of life has taken a higher priority.”  “We’re taking advantage of fun opportunities when they come up now.”18
  17. 17. Dick McNear Black Angus Cattle Farm  Year One of HMI’s Future Farm Program  Goal was to create a profitable farm operation for his heirs  “My daughter seems more interested. I’m spending more time on management.”  “Cut my fertilizer cost more than half and cut fuel cost by 1/3.”19
  18. 18. Dave and Wooz Matthews Devon Cattle Operation  Goals were to cut costs and get information on improving their conservation programs  “We think we’re seeing more bird and small animal life. Grass definitely thicker… and we have more stockpile than ever before.”  “We’ve saved about $800 on diesel and $1000 on fish oil fertilizer.”20
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