White Buffalo Land Trust was awarded $25,000 by SBCFAN’s Food System Resilience Grant program to facilitate a Holistic ManagementThe Savory Institute defines Holistic Management as an approach to help land managers, farmers, ranchers, environmentalists, and policymakers develop strategies for regenerating degraded landscapes and the livelihoods of the people living on them. Holistic Management uses a decision-making process to help ensure that the actions taken to restore land and livelihoods are ecologically, socially, and economically sound based on the context described by the people involved. Intensive Course which offers a systems approach to making land management decisions that are economically, environmentally, and socially sound.
- The 10-day immersive experience was designed for someone who wants to learn the breadth of Holistic Management in one session and included guest facilitators covering a variety of topics. Learn more about the course.
- 16 applications were received and 10 of those were eligible for scholarships that were funded through WBLT’s Food System Resilience grant. Providing scholarship opportunities allowed WBLT to reach a wider demographic and ensure equitable access to the course. Applicants represented a wide range of communities including the city of Lompoc, South Santa Barbara County, San Luis Obispo County, and out of state.
Hosted at the Center for Regenerative Agriculture at Jalama Canyon Ranch, the 10-day course demonstrated how to create ecological, economic, and community health within a complex system. Curriculum included:
- How the water cycle, mineral cycle, solar energy flow, and community dynamics will need to function on the land so that future generations can continue to experience the same quality of life we enjoy today.
- Development of land management, grazing, and financial plans to better manage land operations.
- Hands-on land monitoring experience utilizing Ecological Outcome Verification protocol.
- “In order to make this course a success you’ve got to get the right people there. Connecting ranchers and having personal introductions has helped ensure everyone has a seat at the table. Connecting ranchers and having personal introductions has helped ensure everyone has a seat at the table.”
- “Our lead facilitator has been working in this space for 30 years. He is an ecologically focused rancher who will be speaking from his own experience.”