New Agrarian Program 101 Call

Learn about the New Agrarian Program! NAP 101 is an interactive opportunity to learn more about the New Agrarian Program, hear descriptions of our 2023 mentor sites, and get a few tips on applying to the program. Although this call will be recorded and posted to our website, attending the live call gives applicants the […]

Fall Red Canyon Reserve Land Health and Biochar Workshop

It’s time for our Fall Land Health Workshop Weekend at Red Canyon Reserve! This fall, we have three components to our workshop weekend: a hands-on biochar production session (weather permitting), a tour of the restoration work that Red Canyon volunteers have been conducting for years, and we’ll get our hands dirty giving the Reserve’s wildlife […]

Soil Health, Organic Amendments, and Community Discussion

Join us in Northeastern New Mexico! Regenerative agriculture is meant to build health and well-being while feeding people. At Quivira’s Carbon Ranch Initiative, we use the Healthy Soil Principles and the idea of a circular economy (using waste productively) to move the needle towards regenerative management. In this workshop, participants will learn about the carbon, […]

Lowry Ranch Field Day – SOLD OUT!

This field day is sold out! When challenges like drought hit here in Colorado, a rancher might feel the weight of the world on their shoulders in making the next best decision. Nick Trainor, rancher and lessee of Colorado State Land Board’s Lowry Ranch knows this feeling all too well, but luckily he can utilize […]

NAP 101 Call

Learn about the New Agrarian Program! NAP 101 is an interactive opportunity to learn more about the New Agrarian Program, hear descriptions of our 2023 mentor sites, and get a few tips on applying to the program. Although this call will be recorded and posted to our website, attending the live call gives applicants the […]

Mentor Training Call #2 – Evaluating Written Applications

Mentor Training Call #2: Evaluating Written Applications How do you sort through written applications? We will share strategies for tackling the pile of applications, share evaluation templates, and sample email responses to applicants who you would like to interview and those you will decline. This workshop is part 2 of a seven-call series on mentoring […]

Employment Law Basics with Farm Commons

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Farm employment law feels intimidating but with just a few key rules and operating principles, the farm or ranch business can navigate this potential minefield with confidence. This webinar will teach the fundamentals of farm employment law including classifying workers and the obligations of every farm employer. Folks will learn where they need to learn more and where they can sit back with confidence, no matter where they are in their farming journey. Led by staff from Farm Commons.

Mentor Training Call Series #3 – Effective Interviews

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Mentor Training Call #3: Effective Interviews What interview questions will reveal the skill level, motivation and aptitude of an applicant? What questions can’t be asked, for legal reasons? How do you find out what you most need to know? And how do you evaluate interviewees? We’ll discuss both phone/video and on-site interviews, which are recommended […]

Working with Fire and Flood Impacted Communities: Effective Responses and Resources to Meet Future Challenges

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After the Flames webinar After a season of major fires and flooding, communities across New Mexico need support in rebuilding- structures, soils, waterways, and more. While there are many resources out there, navigating the systems to access that support can feel nearly impossible. The New Mexico Coalition to Enhance Working Lands (NMCEWL) has partnered with […]

Mentor Training Call Series #4 – Setting Expectations

Mentor Training Call #4: Setting Expectations You’ve chosen your apprentice and are preparing for their arrival. How do you set clear expectations of job responsibilities, days off, work schedules, team meetings, and your workplace culture? Writing an apprenticeship agreement, creating a skills list, and setting clear boundaries at the beginning can support a successful apprenticeship. […]

Mentor Training Call Series #5 – Balancing Work and Education

Mentor Training Call #5: Balancing Work and Education How do you structure the workday, week, and month so that priorities are established, and both work and education happen? Strategies shared include weekly planning meetings, how to find those ‘teachable moments’ during a workday, and ways to do up-front training to get your apprentice going and […]

Planning for Soil Health Series

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Are you motivated to build engaged teams on working lands that successfully implement management activities aligned with healthy soil principles? Do you want to increase resilience in ranching and farming by working together to build healthy soil? In this webinar series we will introduce Quivira’s Soil Health Planning Program and provide instruction and coaching of […]

Mentor Training Call Series #6 – Mentoring to Develop a Self-Starting Apprentice

Mentor Training Call #6: Mentoring to Develop a Self-Starting Apprentice A great mentor-apprentice experience depends on both parties co-creating relevant goals that take advantage of the built-in learning at your operation, and identifying ways your apprentice can engage in solo study, find local resource people to learn from, and visit other operations. Skill sheets are […]

The New Agrarian Toolkit: A Webinar Series to Dig Deep and Level Up – #1. Telling Your Story with Alexis Bonogofsky

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In this webinar, Alexis Bonogofsky will empower you to share your story, no matter how big, small, weird, or normal. Using social media, creative writing, podcasts, videos, etc. you can create a platform that not only builds your professional image for future career opportunities, but you will hone important life skills and maybe even help to inspire others and change narratives.

The Composting Offal Watch Party featuring Marfa Meats

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Come watch the premier of our interview with Christy Miller of Marfa Meats. Marfa Meats was a groundbreaking whole animal butcher shop and sustainable meat processor in far West Texas that established an offal composting system to manage animal remains on-site. Join us as Christy leads us through the challenges and successes of building pathways to sustainable waste management solutions.

Water & Wildlife Management at Fort Union Ranch

Join Fort Union Ranch, Triangle P Cattle Co., Bill Zeedyk and more for 2 days of education and fun on the land at Fort Union Ranch!

We'll learn about building erosion control structures, setting up an aerated static pile compost system (no-turning!) for rangelands, grazing and stewardship for water and wildlife, beaver dam analogs, tree thinning for wildlife habitat, organizing a water management plan, and more!

Mentor Training Call Series #7 – Feedback

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Tips on giving constructive, actionable feedback that catalyzes learning and motivation; and how to get the feedback you need to mentor effectively. We offer a variety of tried and true methods and tips to generate objective, honest, and open conversations in scheduled and impromptu feedback sessions. This call will be offered on April 25 at 12 -1pm MT and on April 27 at 7 - 8am MT to accommodate schedules.

Red Canyon Spring Gathering

Red Canyon Reserve New Mexico

Join us May 6-7 out at the beautiful Red Canyon Reserve in Magdalena, NM! This will be a casual campout event with a plant ID walk and some additional optional activities like a canyon walk and annual monitoring.

The New Agrarian Toolkit: A Webinar Series to Dig Deep and Level Up – #2. Small Ruminants & Multi-Species Grazing

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While cattle can be an amazing tool for managing land, beginning agrarians often struggle with accessing enough land, capital, and infrastructure to start a cattle operation. However, many folks find success in beginning with small ruminants like sheep and goats. NCAT (National Centers for Appropriate Technology) staff members Linda Poole and Tracy Mumma along with Tracy’s daughter, Lina Sturman, will cover small ruminants in the West: wool sheep, hair sheep, goats, small multi-species grazing, soil health and custom grazing weed control.