Roots of the Future - A Benefit for WBLT
5:00 PM17:00

Roots of the Future - A Benefit for WBLT

Join Us for a Spectacular Culinary Experience!

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

It's a special day in the evolution of the foundation - our first opportunity to share with the broad community the work we are doing. It will be a memorable evening of food and drink, highlighting multiple collaborations between chefs and mixologists from the region, as we collectively share a vision of what a thriving, regenerative food system will look and feel like.

A very limited number of tickets are available. When tickets sell out you can be added to the waitlist for any further ticket releases.

Our Collaborators

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A Very Special Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Helton Law Group

Bill McMorrow
Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, Schreck  
Cote Korean Steakhouse 
General Pavement Management, Inc 
Sunstone Winery

Joy Full Events, INC.
Jon Ohlgren
Katherine H. Ku & Nicholas B. Chun
Michael and Kay Osborn
Zegar Family Fund

Bailey and Sheila Caldwell
Carla and Harvey Finkel + Ferber Family

Brothers of Industry
Christopher and Pamela Haskell
Hollye & Jeff Jacobs Family
Matt and Bess Scribner
The Dibenedetto Family
TJ and Lisa Jackson
Tyler and Tori Shyrock
TomKat Ranch
Valley Piggery

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Adventures in Dirt and Honey
6:00 PM18:00

Adventures in Dirt and Honey

Join White Buffalo Land Trust and Sarah Red-Laird of Bee Girl Organization for an informational talk about regenerative beekeeping.

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About this Event

After nearly a decade of thinking, talking, and teaching about bees, Sarah has come to the conclusion that there are two simple things she can do to help our bees. One- to teach all of the children in the world to love bees. Two- to help regenerate the soil, on farms and pastures across the west and beyond, with flowers. Easy, right?! Not really. But such a great adventure!

Attend Sarah’s talk to find out how we’ve got ourselves into our current “bee crises” situation, what solutions are under our feet, what she has achieved so far, and how you can help her succeed in her goals starting today.

Sarah Red-Laird is the founder and Executive Director of the Bee Girl organization, a nonprofit with a mission to educate and inspire communities to conserve bees, their flowers, and our countryside. Bee Girl projects are focused on regenerative beekeeping, bee habitat research and education, and kids’ programs. She is a graduate of the University of Montana's College of Forestry and Conservation with a degree in Resource Conservation, focused on community collaboration and environmental policy. Sarah also serves as the “Kids and Bees” program director for the American Beekeeping Federation. To see her commitment to good policy and community collaborations realized, she also serves as acting president of the Northwest Farmers Union, and is a past president of the Western Apicultural Society. When she is not tirelessly working with bees, beekeepers, kids, farmers and ranchers, and policy makers, Sarah loves to read historical fiction, work with rescued horses, ride her bike, hike in the hills, and see new places, things, and people. To see her latest projects updates visit Instagram and Facebook @sarahbeegirl or

Other Affiliations:

  • Western Apicultural Society, Past President

  • Northwest Farmers Union, President

  • American Beekeeping Federation, Kids and Bees Director

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Holistic Management Intensive
to Dec 18

Holistic Management Intensive

Join us for a Holistic Management Intensive this December!

This is a Savory Accredited Course and meets the training requirements for becoming a Savory Institute Accredited Professional.

This 10 day immersive experience is designed for someone who wants to learn the whole of Holistic Management in one session. This unique framework builds your understanding of the whole you are working within and guides you in developing a context appropriate pathway to management for ecological, economic, and community health. There will be a mixture of inside course and individual work time, as well as outdoor, hands-on experience.

This training covers the following:

  • The Foundations of Holistic Management — 2 Days.

    • The fundamentals of holistic management.

    • The ecosystem processes and the tools to manage them.

    • Holistic decision-making.

  • Holistic Financial Planning — 3 Days.

    • The fundamentals of holistic financial planning.

    • Creating your holistic financial plan.

  • Holistic Planned Grazing — 2 Days.

    • The fundamentals of holistic planned grazing.

    • Creating, implementing, and monitoring your grazing plan.

  • Holistic Land Planning — 1 Day.

    • The fundamentals of holistic land planning.

    • Creating your holistic land plan.

  • Holistic Ecological Monitoring — 1 Day.

    • The fundamentals of holistic ecological monitoring.

    • Monitoring your land.

This course is for everyone from a producer looking to increase their carrying capacity to the community member who wants to develop their awareness of the products they buy.


The Location:

Sunburst Sanctuary and Organic Farm is a center for holistic learning, healing and conscious living, cared for by a cooperative community located in Lompoc, CA, about 45 mins North of Santa Barbara.

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The Facilitators:

Spencer Smith is the owner and operator of the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management with his wife, Abbey. He is a certified Holistic Management educator with the Savory Institute and travels throughout Northern California and Nevada conducting Holistic Management workshops, courses, events and consultations. In addition to teaching, Spencer is a rancher himself and has decades of experience in ranch management including herd health, pasture management , and rangeland improvements.

Jesse Smith is the Director of Land Stewardship of White Buffalo Land Trust and is guiding the development of the flagship farm, as well as working with the team, contractors, and partners to grow the land under our management, and the impact in our community. Jesse brings years of experience in landscape design and basemap development, as well as visual communications design.

The Details:

Dates: December 9-18, 2019

Location: Sunburst Sanctuary, 7200 CA-1, Lompoc, CA 93436

Cost: $1,800 - Includes: Course instruction and all meals (excludes meals on day off)

* Shared Lodging and Tent Camping is available to students who would like to stay on site. Please email for more details.

For inquiries and questions, please contact Ana Smith at or by calling 805-637-5497.

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Field Day at the Farm
10:00 AM10:00

Field Day at the Farm

Bring the family and join our Director of Land Stewardship, Jesse Smith, for a journey around our flagship farm in Summerland, CA. Discover innovative ways we are building soil across 12 acres, explore unique microclimates within the farm, and connect around a vision of what a thriving, regenerative food system will look and feel like. We look forward to having you out to visit!

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Raise a Glass to Regenerative Agriculture
6:30 PM18:30

Raise a Glass to Regenerative Agriculture


In 2020, White Buffalo Land Trust will be making a big move with local, regional, and global impact. We intend to transition management of 1000+ acres of Santa Barbara county agricultural land to further our vision of bringing agriculture, conservation, and human development into alignment for long term ecosystem, economic, and community health. Join us to learn more and share some #pintswithpurpose at the Topa Topa tasting room in Santa Barbara!


** 10% of beer sales during this time will be donated back to WBLT**

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Compost Bootcamp
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.

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

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Healthy Soils Workshop featuring Nicole Masters
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
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
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
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
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
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 or call the ranch office at (831) 628-0288 x24.

Lodging can also be booked online on Airbnb >

For questions and scholarships, contact Megan Mendenhall at:

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Holistic Planned Grazing
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
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



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.


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
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
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
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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