Points of Impact
OUR FLAGSHIP FARM IN SANTA BARBARA, CA
A 12-acre demonstration site of regenerative agriculture principles, practices, and techniques in active food production aimed at verified ecological outcomes.
• Complete redesign and installation of agriculture systems using Regrarians platform and methodology.
• Regional example of the transition from an input-heavy mono-culture avocado orchard into an reduced input, multi-strata agroforestry orchard system.
• Transition to climate appropriate crops, high diversity cover crops, building pollinator populations, and nutrient cycling.
• Development work on static aerated composting systems aimed at soil innoculation for efficient increase in biodiversty.
• Living training site for current and future land stewards including the Savory International Holistic Management training and the Kiss The Ground Farmland Program.
• Living classroom for local and regional stakeholders including students, educators, food service professionals, healthcare providers, and public policy professionals.
• Living test site for ongoing field study with our research and science collaborators.
TRAINING CURRENT AND FUTURE LAND STEWARDS
SAVORY HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT
White Buffalo Land Trust has been selected as a 2019 Hub Candidate for Savory International. This offers us the unique opportunity to bring the resources of Holistic Land and Grazing Management to our region.
• In 2018 we hosted two 3-day courses at our flagship farm facilitated by Savory colleague Spencer Smith from the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management.
• Our hosted trainings included more than 20 land stewards tending over 10,000 acres
REGRARIANS PLATFORM TRAINING
• White Buffalo Land Trust is leading current and future land stewards through the detailed planning framework pioneered by Darren Daugherty in Australia.
• Regrarians is a methodology for site specific land planning, assessment, implementation, and reporting.
SOIL HEALTH ACADEMY
• White Buffalo Land Trust is training our team and others in the innovative work of Gabe Brown, Allen Williams, and Ray Archuleta. These multi-day intensive trainings are focused on soil health principles and practices.
• In 2018 we sponsored 5 team members at the Academy.
COMMUNITY EDUCATION AND ENGAGEMENT
SPEAKER SERIES @ SB IMPACT HUB
• Ongoing program designed to introduce the broader community to actionable thought leaders in the field of regenerative agriculture.
• Collaborative approach to building ecological literacy in the community through the use of diverse co-sponsors including Community Environmental Council, Land Trust for Santa Barbara, and Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.
• Talk #1: “Prescribed Herbivory for Fire Abatement” introduced the detailed capacity and functionality of utilizing animal systems to increase soil health and ecosystem function while providing effective fire abatement.
• Talk #2: “Regeneration from a Watershed Perspective” presented the value, process, and efficacy of designing ecosystem management practices and policies from a watershed scope.
• Next Speaker Series event will be February 21, 2019 and feature Jack Algiere, Farm Director of Stone Barns Center in New York.
ELECTIVE SERIES @ SANTA BARBARA MIDDLE SCHOOL
• Introduced and curated two elective courses that allowed middle school students to participate first hand in regenerative agriculture.
• Elective #1: “Beyond Gardening: How Your Garden can Regenerate the World” introduced the basic principles of regenerative agriculture in the context of the school garden.
• Elective #2: “Living SB: A backstage pass to Santa Barbara’s ecological hotspots” offered a series of field trips to examine and explore how and where the local ecology is thriving, being protected and researched, and how a vibrant ecology supports and sustains local business and community.
SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND ONGOING FIELD STUDIES
Our research and field study efforts are aimed clearly at creating validated, verified, and documented positive ecological outcomes related to soil health, increased carbon sequestration, improved water cycles, improved nutrient cycles, and increased nutrition and resiliency in plant and animal crops. Our current work includes:
• Compost Bioreactors Systems based on the work of Dr. David Johnson of Chico State
• Carbon Sequestration and Soil Health studies with partners Soil Life of UC Davis
• Cover Cropping studies and Holistic Managed Grazing with Susan Cousineau M.S.c.
• Implementation of Savory Ecological Outcome Verification protocols