10 Days in Chico: Our Training in Holistic Management

By Julie Mettenburg, Tallgrass Network Hub leader

For a glimpse at what a full training in Holistic Management looks like, here is a gallery of photos from our training in preparation for opening the Savory Institute Tallgrass Network Hub.

Each Hub worldwide provides courses taught by Savory accredited professionals. Many of us are receiving formal training after years of exposure to Holistic Management; others are receiving updated training to ensure that what we offer across the globe is consistent and up-to-date with the most current developments in the paradigm.

  Byron Shelton, our Savory Institute trainer, explains how we can measure and assess our forage during the Holistic Planned Grazing training.

Byron Shelton, our Savory Institute trainer, explains how we can measure and assess our forage during the Holistic Planned Grazing training.

Many people receive training several days at a time, according to the "modules" of Holistic Management. However, to accelerate our ability to start our Hub, we and several others took the plunge for an intensive study together.

Roomies!

For 10 days in December 2014, our training class stayed in a small house in Chico with several other Savory Hub personnel.

We spent our days in a Chico State University classroom, on the Chico State organic dairy, and out at Professor Cindy Daley's private ranch. We received our full training in Holistic Management from Byron Shelton, senior program director for the Savory Institute. Byron travels the world training Holistic Managers and consulting on new projects.

Roxanne Mettenburg and Julie Mettenburg represented the Tallgrass Network. Also receiving training were Abbey and Spencer Smith of the Jefferson Center Hub, Northern California; Ricardo Aguirre of HELM Consulting and Scott House of the Navajo Nation representing the Arizona Hub; and independent practitioners Brittany Cole Bush, California shepherdess extraordinaire, and Professor Daley.

In the midst of ongoing California drought, it was an unusual rainy week. We also enjoyed visits by Chris Kerston of the Savory Institute, and a video meeting with Savory COO Tré Cates from Boulder.

Here's a photo gallery from that week, and glimpse of what awaits you in holistic management!

Scenes from a training: learning the Foundations of Holistic Management, Holistic Financial Planning, Holistic Planned Grazing, Ecological Monitoring, and Holistic Land Planning.