To register for these workshops, head over to the Register page. You can sign up for the whole conference, including workshops, or by individual workshop. For workshops that are full with long waitlists, we are working to see if we can offer these again at a later date. Waitlisted people will be offered the spots first.
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Leasing Your Future
Monday October 26th and Thursday November 5th | 5:00 – 7:00 PM MT | FULL
A lease, as defined in the dictionary, is a contract by which one party conveys land, property, services, et cetera to a second party for a specified time, usually in return for a periodic payment. There is a great deal of room for innovative thinking in that definition, which is why understanding leasing is so important to a young person who may not own land, livestock, or equipment for starting a business. In this workshop, learn how to take the grazing skills you have and combine them with a leasing opportunity. During the first session, the presenters will share what makes for a win-win grazing relationship and how a lease provides clarity and structure for this. During the second session, participants will have an opportunity to work through sample leases, iron out details, and ask lots of questions. This workshop is geared towards beginning or aspiring ranchers who are in the first 10 years of their career.
Soil Health Basics for Technical Service Providers and Trainers
Thursday October 27, and Tuesdays November 10 & 17 | 9am – 11am | FULL
We welcome agency folks, such as conservation district staff and extension agents; natural resource managers on Tribal lands; land grant, acequia, and other organizations; and producers who are interested in becoming Soil Health leaders in their communities. In recorded webinars, we will present fundamentals and quantitative assessment of soil physical, chemical, and biological characteristics, and crop rotation with livestock management. We’ll connect TSPs with participants in the Introduction to Soil Health workshop for practice assisting with in-field activities. We will then come together to discuss, troubleshoot, and brainstorm.
Session 1 – Two hours on general soil health content with NM Extension webinars, followed by two weeks when you will assist (e.g. by phone or Zoom) participants in the Introduction to Soil Health workshop with their measurements and interpretation.
Session 2 – Two hours of guided discussion on how the soil health fundamentals and activities informed each other. We will also discuss how practices and management align with the Healthy Soil Principles.
Session 3 – Two hours on soil chemical properties, advanced quantitative soil assessment, and crop rotation/livestock integration, followed by a brief guided discussion.
NOTE: Do NOT sign up for both Soil Health workshops (this one and “Introduction to Soil Health for Ranchers, Farmers and Gardeners”) because they are held together and intersect.
Introduction to Soil Health for Ranchers, Farmers, and Gardeners
Thursday October 29, Tuesday November 10 | 9am – 11am | FULL
We welcome producers of all kinds, whether you have a backyard garden, an orchard, or an expansive dryland ranch. We’ll present fundamentals of soil physical and biological characteristics through webinars and provide instruction for on-the-ground activities for you to try on your own. We’ll finish up by coming together remotely to discuss, troubleshoot, and brainstorm.
Session 1 – Two hours on soil health with NM Extension webinars, followed by two weeks when you are invited to try in-field monitoring on your own, with optional support from workshop organizers and the attendees of the our workshop for educators and tech assistance providers.
Session 2 – Two hours of guided discussion on how soil health fundamentals and your activities informed each other. We will also cover the ways practices and management align with the Healthy Soil Principles.
NOTE: Do NOT sign up for both Soil Health workshops (this one and “Soil Health Basics for Technical Service Providers and Trainers”) because they are held together and intersect.
HEALING TRAUMA AND INJUSTICE: A MENTAL HEALTH WORKSHOP FOR FARMERS AND RANCHERS
Thursday October 29 | 12 – 2pm MT | $10
This workshop will collaborate with attendees to address the mental health concerns of farmers and ranchers, systemic injustices that exacerbate stress, coping mechanisms, the neurobiology of trauma and social justice, and rituals and self-care for healing. The presenters/facilitators, Ariel Aaronson-Eves and Ailish Kress, are white, middle-class, queer, cisgender women who bring their experiences as farmers and their study of counseling and trauma to their commitment to racial and social justice. The presentation will deal with sensitive subjects; participants are encouraged to prioritize their emotional and psychological safety.
Leasing Land: Legal and Practical Tips for Success
Thurs Nov 5 | 1 – 3pm MT | FULL
Leasing farmland is so commonplace that ranchers, farmers, and other land stewards may not think twice about the lease, itself, …until things go wrong. Prevent problems with a strong lease that addresses water usage, equipment access, payment strategies, dispute resolution procedures, long-term concerns, and more. This online workshop will help you understand what a lease should include and how to put it in writing. We’ll also cover specific state laws you need to know. Equally important, the workshop will cover skills for negotiating terms that work for all parties involved in the lease agreement. This workshop is interactive and will allow ample time for discussion and guidance on the issues that matter most to you.
SELF-CARE SESSION with Alexis Bonogofsky:
stretching and breathing exercises to protect the rancher/farmer body and mind
November 3 | 12:00 – 1:00pm
Ranching and farming is physically demanding work and can be hard on our bodies. Repetitive motions, heavy lifting and injuries can lead to back problems and chronic tightness and pain that can make the work harder and harder to do as we age. Keeping your body nimble, strong and healthy is just as important as any other aspect to farming and ranching. In this workshop, you will learn short, easy sequences that will help strengthen and restore your body and mind on the range, in the field, in your tractor or with your livestock. Join Alexis Bonogofsky, yoga instructor, sheep rancher and the New Agrarian Program Northern Coordinator to learn how to keep your mind and body resilient to the physical and mental stresses that come along with farming and ranching.
Collaboration for Resilience Workshop
November 6 | 12-2:00PM MT
This workshop will offer strategies to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in collaborative conservation as a way to build resilience on public lands with multiple stakeholders. Topics will include opportunities for collaboration through the new USFS Shared Stewardship Strategy, practical information on working with diverse partners, and strategies to work toward collaboration for drought and fire mitigation across shared watersheds and landscapes.