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We are excited to present this year’s Western Canadian Holistic Management Conference in Lacombe, Alberta on February 18 and 19th. This year, our conference will overlap with the Organic Alberta conference on the 17th and 18th to provide you with even more value, bringing you 3 days of information, insight and inspiration.

We hope you can join us and help us build our amazing community of regenerative agricultural farmers!
Learn practical skills from inspiring and insightful talks including: 
  • "Finding Hope in Regenerative Agriculture: Low-cost, Low-tech, Nature-based Solutions for the Planet" by Courtney White, Author of Grass, Soil, Hope
  • "Growing the Next Generation of Prairie Farmers through Apprenticeship and Mentorships" by Anna Jones-Crabtree and Doug Crabtree, Vilicus Farms, Havre, Montana
  • "Ecological Design for On Farm Water Security" by Takota Coen, Grass Roots Family Farm, Ferintosh, Alberta
  • "The Impact of Carbon Farming" by Dr. Richard Teague, Professor, Texas A&M
  • "Ranch Finances 101" by Sean McGrath, Round Rock Ranching, Vermilion, Alberta

This year, we are proud to be sourcing as much local and organic food as possible throughout the conference. Saturday night will feature a Farmer’s Feast & Celebration featuring dishes from local holistic management organic farmers. This event is organized and hosted by Tracy Loeppky and Keri Nelson of the Moms for Real Food Initiative. If you would like to donate food contact us asap!

We are pleased to continue to offer a children’s program and childcare services at the conference.  This program will be run throughout the conference, complete the registration form to indicate your child’s participation and we will email you to follow-up with more details.

Taking Stock on Your Farm in 2017
by Blain Hjertaas, HM Certified Educator


As the end of the year approaches, it’s customary to reflect on the past year. Taking stock of our successes and failures and making plans for next year is a very important and useful exercise. I encourage you to get your 2017 financial plans completed. If the plan isn’t working as you had hoped, get some help. Get your club together and brainstorm up some new ways to increase revenue or cut costs. Outside help can be very useful at times, as it is difficult to objectively look at our own situations. The peace of mind from having a good financial plan is powerful.

We live in a wonderful country and have many advantages. A very useful exercise is to write down all the things you are thankful for. You may be surprised at the length of the list. It puts us in a good frame of mind when we realize how fortunate we are. As your family gathers for the holiday season meal, have each of them express something that they are grateful for. As it goes around the table it will astonish all; interestingly, it’s not usually the consumerism that we are thankful for.

One of the things I am thankful for is winter. We have wonderful cold days and long nights. It gives us lots of time to learn and reflect. The most important thing we can do for ourselves is to continue our learning journey. We have several months where being inside is more conducive than outside. Pick up that book you have been meaning to get read and learn something new. Einstein said “the world as we have created it, is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” We are all learning and leading by practicing regenerative agriculture from the tools Holistic Management has given us. Learning never stops.

A couple of books that have helped my learning are: “The Hidden Half of the Universe” by David Montgomery and “A letter to a Vegetarian Nation” by Sheldon Frith. The first book deals with the role of bacteria in the soil and in our guts. The second is written by Sheldon Firth who was an intern at Campbell’s in Meadow Lake a few years ago. He also designed our website. It is a great read with great references. Both these are available at Amazon. Sheldon’s is only available as an eBook. A third book is David Irvine’s newest “The Caring Movement”. David has spoken at several of our conferences. It is available from his website.

Another great learning opportunity is our annual conference. It is going to be different this year as we have partnered with Organic Alberta. February 17 is the Organic Alberta conference, the 18th is a joint day and the 19th is the Holistic Management conference. It is being held in Lacombe, Alberta. The conference is a wonderful time to meet old friends, meet new ones, learn, and network. People are always energized by our conference. Stumped what to get for Christmas, how about a weekend in February at Lacombe, Alberta.

Naomi & I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and hope our paths cross soon in the New Year and your learning journeys are fulfilling.


Ferintosh, Alberta
Course Dates: January 14, 15 | January 28 & 29 | February 11 & 12
Instructors: Kelly Sydorik and Brian Luce
Supporters: Grass Roots Family Farm

Rycroft, Alberta
Course Dates: January 26,27, 28 | February 2, 3, 4
Instructors: Kelly Sydorik
Supporters: Peace County Beef & Forage Association

Smoky Lake, Alberta
Course Dates: February 25, 26 | March 4, 5 | March 11, 12
Instructors: Kelly Sydorik
Supporters: Lakeland Agricultural Research Association

Foam Lake, Saskatchewan
Course Dates: TBD
Instructors: Ralph Corcoran

Imperial, Saskatchewan
Course Dates: January 9, 10, 11 | 20, , 22
Instructors: Ralph Corcoran

Arcola, Saskatchewan
Course Dates: January 10,11,12 & 24,25,26
Instructor: Blain Hjertaas

Virden, Manitoba
Course Dates: January 3,4,5 | 17,18,19
Instructors: Ralph Corcoran & Blain Hjertaas

For more information on any of these courses, contact Dana Penrice at 780-914-6282 or for details and information on how to register.

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