Introduction to Holistic Management
Thursday January 14 @ 7:30 pm - Thursday March 25 @ 9:30 pm
Is your farm business struggling to make a profit? Are your land, water and ecosystems in need of rejuvenation? Do you struggle with the farm-work-life balance? Are you wondering about how you can pass on your farm and legacy?
Holistic Management helps farmers discover tools to make better, more informed decisions to reach your family and farm goals.
This online course takes place Thursday evenings, weekly for 10 weeks, from 7:30-9:30pm. Participants will have access to digital Holistic Management manuals for goal setting, decision testing, financial planning, biological monitoring and planned grazing.
The first 3 sessions will explore goal setting and decision testing, the next three will go through the financial planning process and the final sessions will cover monitoring, grazing planning and review goal setting and decision testing after participants have had a chance to use their holistic goal and test decisions during the previous weeks. During the course participants will have been able to develop an initial holistic goal, a draft financial plan and, depending on the operation, a grazing plan or crop or garden plan.
This course is for farmers of any experience level who are new to holistic management, though it might be especially beneficial for those who have some experience farming and managing their own operation.
Note: There is a minimum and maximum number of participants we can accommodate, and running the course will depend on registration numbers. Prices listed are per farm team.
About the Facilitator: Tony McQuail bought his farm near Lucknow, Ontario in 1973. He and his wife, Fran, have run a diversified organic farm raising livestock, a small apple orchard and operated a community supported garden. McQuail was an early adopter of rotational grazing and has decades of experience in pasture management and fencing systems. At Meeting Place Organic Farm they raise grass fed and finished beef, pastured pork and pastured poultry and have done some experimenting with cocktail cover crops. They do much of their farming with work horses and provide training in this skill to apprentices. They took a played out crop farm from approximately 1.5 soil organic matter to 3.5 to 7% organic matter moving CO2 from the atmosphere into the soil. The McQuails have transferred the farm operation to their daughter Katrina and continue to be actively involved in it.