Fall Celebration at the Villa at Sunstone
Oct
19
4:00 PM16:00

Fall Celebration at the Villa at Sunstone

Saturday, October 19, 2019 |  Sunstone Winery Private Villa
125 N Refugio Rd, Santa Ynez, CA 93460

Join us for an evening of community celebration to deepen your connection to our region, the bounty produced here, and the possibilities of what a thriving food system can look and feel like.

More details to come. Sign up for our newsletter to learn more.

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Compost Bootcamp
Jun
6
9:00 AM09:00

Compost Bootcamp

Biostimulant Strategies for Regenerative Ag

A Hands-on Intensive with Gerry Gillespie & Christine Jones at Paicines Ranch

Two dates offered: June 6 or June 7, 2019 from 9:00am to 5:00pm

The Paicines Ranch Learning Center is offering this one-day workshop focused on how to make and apply beneficial life-supporting seed and soil inoculants in place of high analysis fertilizers and seed dressings. Topics include quorum sensing, replacing nitrogen fertilizers, transitioning to a microbial approach, and the application of auto-inducers to seeds to enable a reduction of inputs and costs in order to regenerate soils.

Presenters
Dr. Christine Jones, Soil Ecologist
Gerry Gillespie, Zero Waste Expert

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Healthy Soils Workshop featuring Nicole Masters
May
6
to May 7

Healthy Soils Workshop featuring Nicole Masters

Chico State Farm, CA

Date And Time

Mon, May 6, 2019, 8:00 AM – Tue, May 7, 2019, 5:00 PM PDT

Nicole Masters is a New Zealand based soil expert focusing on the biological aspects of soil regarding carbon sequestration and regenerative farming. She will be talking with us about biological diversity in production systems, and how you can shift and improve your management to include a healthy soils focus.

The afternoon workshop includes on-farm evaluations of various management systems (orchards; row crops; pasture) using Ward Laboratory Analysis of soil and plant tissue. Nicole will get into the "weeds" on how to interpret these results and what it all means. Attendees will get their hands dirty, so come dressed for field work.

NRCS will also be joining us to discuss their Farm Demonstration Network project, and other topics in what NRCS is doing to help farmers implement healthy soils practices.

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The Shearing Process - Connecting to Our Fibershed
Apr
27
9:00 AM09:00

The Shearing Process - Connecting to Our Fibershed

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019

Location: 350 Asegra Road, Summerland, CA

Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Join us this Saturday at our flagship farm in Summerland for a sheep shearing demonstration. Led by Master Shearer, Alex Karol, you will have a chance to connect with 40 sheep from the Cuyama Lamb herd and experience the shearing process, as well as learn about the proper setup, tools, the how and why of shearing, and a bit about wool and its amazing qualities. 

Our relationship to these unique animals has evolved over thousands of years and the wool they provide continues to be an essential commodity for humankind. They also provide our farm with critical ecosystem services such as adaptive grazing to manage our ground cover, nutrient cycling to benefit our soil health, and they provide a herd effect to incorporate organic matter and stimulate biological activity through their hoof impact. 


We look forward to taking part in and sharing this age old tradition with our community. Kids Welcome. Suggested donation: $35 USD can be made HERE.


Alex Karol

Alex Karol is a certified sheep shearer from Templeton, California. He has been shearing throughout California professionally for the last 3 years. Alex and his wife also run Outlaw Valley Ranch in Templeton. They use regenerative grazing practices with Navajo-Churro sheep, a heritage breed, producing 100% grass fed lamb, wool and sheepskins.


Cuyama Lamb

Our sheep are currently on loan from Cuyama Lamb. Cuyama Lamb, LLC is a sheep outfit committed to the regeneration of native California grasslands and the production of affordable, ethical food & fiber. Founded in 2018, they operate primarily in the Cuyama Valley of Central California as well as in the coastal foothills of Santa Barbara County.

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Lead With Land
Apr
14
to Apr 17

Lead With Land

Lead with Land is a program of the #NoRegrets Initiative and is Hosted by the Globetrotter Foundation and Sallie Calhoun, facilitated by Marian Moore at the Paicines Ranch in Paicines, California.

Our Founder & President, Steve Finkel, along with our Director of Land Stewardship, Jesse Smith, will be making the journey to Paicines Ranch to join this gathering of land holders to connect around effectively stewarding farmland and ranchland, and to regenerate the soil to optimal health.

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The Grassfed Exchange
Apr
3
to Apr 5

The Grassfed Exchange

Our Director of Land Stewardship will be heading to Santa Rosa, CA for this gathering of regenerative ranchers, dairymen, and sustainable food supporters from across the world who come together to network and exchange ideas. The Grassfed Exchange has a desire to help producers and consumers grow in the knowledge of the grassfed industry.

To learn more or to register, please click the link below.

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Agroecology & Cuisine: The Reciprocity Between Food and Farm
Feb
21
6:00 PM18:00

Agroecology & Cuisine: The Reciprocity Between Food and Farm

Impact Hub Funk Zone | 10 E. Yannonali Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Through presentation and conversation, Jack Algiere will guide a virtual tour of Stone Barns Center’s 350 acre diversified farm system, connecting generative methodology, innovations and experimental practices with a broad diversity of partners and audiences. Stone Barns resides 30 miles north of NYC within the boundaries of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve and plays an integral role in the conservation program for the 1500 acre forest and grassland ecosystem. Jack’s 15 year creative partnership with Blue Hill at Stone Barns’ Chef Dan Barber has led to rich and progressive educational content feeding farmers, chefs, students, teachers, ecologists, engineers, entrepreneurs, health care practitioners and eaters in general.

Sponsors: Sama Sama Kitchen, The Good Lion, Deep Sea Winery, Ventura Spirits

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Cover Cropping & Dry Farming Workshop at Paicines Ranch
Feb
8
to Feb 9

Cover Cropping & Dry Farming Workshop at Paicines Ranch

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Regenerative Ag in Practice: Cover Cropping and Dry Farming Workshop

Hosted by Paicines Ranch

Join the Paicines Ranch team for an interactive and informative two-day workshop with an incredible line-up of brilliant practitioners at Paicines Ranch from Friday, February 8th to Saturday, February 9th. Attendees will participate in discussions and presentations out in the field focused on cover cropping, pasture cropping, no-till dry farming and integrating livestock into cropland. 

Workshop Details
Both days start at 9:00 AM and end at 4:00 PM. Workshop includes a local and fresh lunch and attendees are invited to enjoy a Soil to Table Dinner on the first night, Friday, Feb. 8th at the ranch. Please register separately if you'd like to join in on the Friday evening dinner. 

Student discounts and a limited amount of scholarships are available.

Lodging at Paicines Ranch
Workshop registration does not include lodging. To book a stay at the ranch, please contact our Event Center Manager, Mary Rowen at:mary@paicinesranch.com or call the ranch office at (831) 628-0288 x24.

Lodging can also be booked online on Airbnb >

Questions?
For questions and scholarships, contact Megan Mendenhall at: megan@paicinesranch.com.

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Holistic Planned Grazing
Dec
7
to Dec 9

Holistic Planned Grazing

Holistic Planned Grazing and Ecosystem Function

Santa Barbara, CA | December 7-9, 2018

This is a three-day course in Southern California December 7 to 9, 2018. The course covers the foundations of Holistic Management, holistic decision-making and is a comprehensive study of the methods, tools and techniques of Holistic Planned Grazing. Ecosystem function and how to build soil health is covered in this course.

Participants gain hands-on experience developing their own grazing plans. The workshop includes lunches for each day, pasture walks on the land to see holistic grazing planning in action and one-on-one time with Savory Institute accredited educators. Join us and learn how to increase production and capacity of land while improving the health of the land and peace of mind. Learn more about how holistic planned grazing works. All training materials and educators are accredited by the Savory Institute.

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Regeneration from a Watershed Perspective
Dec
5
9:30 AM09:30

Regeneration from a Watershed Perspective

How we can use mapping software to expand our view of the landscape, and ask “what is the agriculture of this place?” 

Thursday, December 6, 2018 | 6-8pm

10 E. Yanonali Street, Santa Barbara | Impact Hub - Funk Zone

Please RSVP HERE.

Free!

BRASA is a TGI developed methodology for mapping a landscape’s suitability for specific agroforestry practices and tree crops. With this analysis, we can begin to identify the most economically and ecologically viable crops, practices, and systems for a specific watershed. This creates a scientifically-backed framework for projecting the ecological, economic, and social impacts of investing in agroforestry in such areas. This framework then serves as a platform for further stakeholder engagement, ground-truthing, and site-specific project design.

First and foremost with BRASA, we consider our clients’ questions and challenges at the watershed level. We design analyses that respond to our clients’ concerns, be they food security, stormwater management or carbon drawdown. In these analyses we consider the role of trees in that watershed’s health and how the implementation of appropriate agroforestry systems can respond to both our client’s needs and the needs of the whole watershed.

Through this presentation, attendees will learn:

  • How and why we created BRASA

  • What we learned in the process of developing BRASA

  • What challenges we have faced

  • What challenges we see in our future

  • Concrete examples where we are using BRASA

  • How to consider if Geospatial Analysis can contribute to your work.

Background:

Terra Genesis International (TGI) is a regenerative design and consulting firm working as a distributed team around the world. TGI has engaged in design processes affecting thousands of acres and billions of dollars of supply system buying power. TGI’s team specializes in asking questions and expanding the frameworks of projects and businesses so that they can fully serve the health of living systems. Born out of our consideration for the workings of living systems we are resourcing an evolutionary approach to business and agriculture.

Russell Wallack is an ecological designer based in Amherst, Massachusetts who led the development of the BRASA process. BRASA emerged in response to Russell’s work to catalyze the commercial chestnut industry in the Northeast U.S..

Tim Tensen and Andrew Kilduff of TK Design Lab are integral to the development of BRASA. Like Russell, they approach design with an ecological lens in the lineage of The Conway School in western Massachusetts. TK merges GIS analysis, programming, and ecological design in a way that allows the BRASA team to adapt its process to a diverse array of project queries.

With this new process created by the TGI Team and TK Design Lab, we can assess, inventory, and map appropriate agroforestry systems and perennial staple crops for the specific conditions of any watershed. How can we help you to create systemic regeneration?

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Prescribed Herbivory with Brittany Cole Bush
Nov
30
6:00 PM18:00

Prescribed Herbivory with Brittany Cole Bush

Prescribed Herbivory with Brittany Cole Bush

Friday, November 30, 2018 | 6-8pm

Impact Hub - Funk Zone

10 East Yannonali, Santa Barbara, CA

In an engaging community driven event the White Buffalo Land Trust is excited to host the first in a series of talks led by Brittany Cole Bush to share an innovative approach to land stewardship through the strategic introduction and prescriptive management of grazing with domestic livestock.

We will learn how “prescribed herbivory” is increasingly being utilized state-wide as an impactful, effective and efficient strategy to reduce the accumulation of targeted biomass that leads to the severe threat of wildfires, while also working to support ecological health of the land, native habitats, and watersheds.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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Holistic Financial Planning
Nov
30
to Dec 2

Holistic Financial Planning

Holistic Financial Planning Course

November 30 to December 2, 2018


The workshop covers the foundations of holistic management, holistic decision-making and is a comprehensive study of the methods, tools and techniques of Holistic Financial Planning. Participants gain hands-on experience developing their own financial plans.

The workshop price includes breakfast snacks, coffee, tea, water and lunches for each day, pasture walks on the ranch to see Holistic Management in action and one-on-one time with Savory Institute accredited field professionals and educators. Join us and learn how:

  • To plan for profit

  • Increase production and capacity of your land

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Soil Health Academy
Nov
13
to Nov 15

Soil Health Academy

Healthy Soils Academy at the Chico State University Farm

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, through Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018

The RAI is partnering with Dr. Allen Williams, Gabe Brown and Ray Archuleta from Soil Health Consulting to host a Healthy Soils Academy at CSU, Chico during the week of November 12th. This is an opportunity for farmers to learn more about soil health and how to manage for optimal soil fertility and farm productivity.

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