The Farm Systems Intensive is a 10-day program that explores the agroecological practices that will help beginning farmers learn and establish regenerative practices. Workshops cannot be attended individually, but are available as a complete curriculum, or as crops-only or livestock-only sessions. Explore the full curriculum here.
grazing plans and holistic management
We will discuss how and why you should implement a grazing plan and the considerations to make when designing site specific plans. We will use Stone Barns Center’s pastures as a practical example in laying out a plan. We will also discuss the basics of Holistic Management and how that affects goal setting, team building, and cohesiveness within your decision making team.
Later we will cover using app based technologies for pasture record keeping and team communication with a focus on Pasture Maps. Pasture Maps is a software to track livestock movements, weight gains, and pasture inventories. We will discuss the benefits of pasture record keeping and considerations when creating a monitoring and data collection plan.
Mike Peterson is the senior livestock manager at Stone Barns Center. Mike and his wife Molly owned and operated a multi-species livestock farm in Virginia for five years prior to coming to Stone Barns. Practicing holistic management concepts, they rotationally grazed cattle, sheep and pigs across 700 acres of leased pastures and sold the meat throughout the D.C. metro area.
Prior to farming, Mike worked as a chef for seven years, primarily in the Aspen Valley in Colorado. His desire to learn the production methods of the producers he was working with led him to a farming internship and subsequent move to Virginia. In Virginia, he worked in a variety of farm manager roles before forming his family’s farm business.
Leah Puro is the assistant livestock manager at Stone Barns Center. Leah graduated from University of California Davis with a MS in International Agricultural Development. She conducted her research in Vietnam working with smallholder cassava growers to minimize soil erosion and improve soil fertility. She also worked with California Cooperative Extension researching the economic and agronomic feasibility of wheat as a dual-purpose crop for forage and grain in the face of uncertain water availability. Prior to graduate school, Leah worked on a variety of organic vegetable and livestock farms in the east coast.