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We will teach people how to heal the land through grazing. First, we have to get to Africa and Colorado to bring these methods home.
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Bringing a Hub Home

This year 90 applications from 25 countries were submitted to the Savory Institute in hopes of bringing a Savory Hub to their region. My husband, Spencer, and I were one of those applicants. We described a learning center and demonstration ranch called the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management that would serve Northern California and the Western Great Basin--exposing a method of land and resource management to people that regenerates land through production instead of depleting it. The method is called holistic management.  Our vision of a hub that strengthens rural communities, decreases the risk of catastrophic wildfire in our forests and improves soil health, landed us in the semi-finalist pool of 20 applicants. Our business plan took us to the next level, qualifying us as finalists--one of 10 in the world. Our fellow hub candidates are from the Southwest, Northeast United States and Eastern Africa. 

The demonstration ranch, Fort Bidwell, Calif.
The demonstration ranch, Fort Bidwell, Calif.

A hub in our region means connecting our communities--ranchers, farmers, land owners, urban farmers--to the methods, tools and practices of the Savory Institute. Our demonstration ranch will be holistically managed; producing beef in a way that helps improve soil health, decrease carbon emissions and slow climate change. The ranch will offer workshops and internships--the chance to work on a holistically managed operation. 

The region served by our hub
The region served by our hub

Bootcamp in Zimbabwe

The next step is to get to Africa. Becoming an accredited Savory Institute Hub requires a two-week intensive "hub bootcamp" at the Africa Centre for Holistic Management. We must become accredited trainers ourselves in order to effectively manage holistically and teach others these methods. We will be trained at the Savory Institute in Boulder, Colorado. This project is to get us to Africa and Colorado for the trainings, so we can bring a hub home to our region. It is our hope for healthy land and happy people in Northern California and the Western Great Basin (Northern Nevada, Southern Idaho and Southern Oregon). 

The hub: hope for seven more generations in our rural communities
The hub: hope for seven more generations in our rural communities

Risks and challenges

If we are not able to get to Africa and Colorado and complete the accreditation process, then we will have to withdraw our hub. We are determined to get to Africa, get trained and bring a hub home to serve our region. We need $22,000 total to cover these costs.

Once accredited, we must build the hub business through outreach and promotions. Part of the business is providing a labeling program to recognize products created on holistically managed land and, of course, to produce beef raised on the healthiest grass and soil. There will be many challenges to getting this new venture off the ground, but we have a diverse and talented advisory board, partnership with the Savory Institute, community support and a strong work ethic to make this happen.

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    One one-of-a-kind Jefferson Center for Holistic Management sticker to proudly display your support of the first Savory Hub in our region and our unending appreciation.

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    One Jefferson Center for Holistic Management hat to shade you from the sun that is sure to follow you wherever you go plus a t-shirt and sticker.

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    Spend a day on the ranch with us, attend an on-site holistic management workshop, stay for dinner and we'll also show you the best wildlife sighting and fishing areas in the valley.

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    Taste the result of properly managed lands in a 10 pound box of steaks and other beef cuts from our family's ranch. Cut and wrapped at a local USDA-inspected meat processor and shipped to you.

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    Take your first deep dive into holistic management with this mini-internship and ranch stay. Spend a week with us on the ranch moving cattle, monitoring land, attending seasonal social events like rodeos, dinner dances and possibly brandings. We'll take you fishing at local lakes and rivers, hiking in the national forests and other outdoor activities.

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