Before buying a ranch, it’s good to experience what you’re getting into firsthand. That’s why two ranchers in northern California are planning to host a Holistic Management Workshop on September 3 at their ranch in Likely, CA. Ross and Kelly McGarva, who have practiced Holistic Management for 14 years, are partnering with Spencer and Abbey Smith of the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management to teach attendees proper holistic practices after buying a ranch.
Many farmers and ranchers around the country are often more traditional, Northern California has always catered to the descendants of the Flower Children movement. So while most ranchers were raised in the industry and need no introduction, there are newcomers to the industry looking for help after buying a ranch in California.
Since the McGarvas have converted 3,000 acres of property that used to be used for cattle into a certified organic practice, they have doubled their carrying capacity on 2,500 of those acres. The property used to support 1,000 mother cows, but now holds a total of 3,500 cattle as well as goats.
The United States has always been well-suited for agriculture, which occurs in all 50 states. In 2011, U.S. agriculture had a gross output of $374 billion, thanks to strong farms and ranches nationwide.
According to the Jefferson Center website, the holistic workshop will focus on the following practices:
- Increasing forage production through better management practices
- Learning how to “read the land”
- How to enhance ecosystem function and build more drought-tolerant soil
- And finally, “Planning for profit (and peace of mind) in a ranching or farming enterprise”
Their goal is to highlight the benefits of organically sustained cattle ranches. From their own experiences, this management system has resulted in greater plant diversity, reductions in invasive weeds, more conceptions, less water use, drastic reduction in mosquitoes, and more. Spencer Smith, who is a field professional accredited by the Savory Institute, will be teaching the session.
Of course, there are many different types of ranches, not just organically sustained ones. Most ranches and farmland are located in the western states, like California, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, and Texas, and the latter is home to the most farm real estate in the country.
If you are looking forward to buying a ranch but have never owned one before, there are plenty of resources to help you with the process. At RMA Brokers, we are able to not only help you find the perfect ranch real estate to purchase, but as ranchers ourselves, we can help you implement programs to help your property flourish.