Resilience

Quivira’s Annual Journal

Resilience, Issue 42- Reflections on Resilience in Uncertain Times

Resilience, Issue 42 - Reflections on Resilience in Uncertain Times   December, 2020 Welcome to the relaunch of Resilience. It’s been five years since our last issue appeared,in August of 2015, commemorating the life and work of our good friend and riparian...

Resilience, Issue 41- It Works! A celebration of Bill Zeedyk’s 80th Year

Resilience, Issue 41- It Works! A celebration of Bill Zeedyk's 80th Year August 2015 It is our great pleasure to bring you this 41st edition of Resilience. Not only is it a small token of our appreciation for the many ways that Bill Zeedyk has enriched our lives and...

Resilience, Issue 40 – Beyond Resilience

Resilience, Issue 40 - Beyond Resilience September 2014 In 2007, the Board of the Quivira Coalition added the words “build resilience” to our mission statement. Resilience means “to bounce back” or “recover quickly” from a shock or surprise. In ecology, it refers to...

Resilience, Issue 39 – 2% Solutions for Hunger Thirst and CO2

Resilience, Issue 39 - 2% Solutions for Hunger Thirst and CO2 September 2013 These 2% Solution profiles are part of Quivira’s Carbon Ranch Project, whose goal is to share land management strategies that sequester CO2 in soils and plants, reduce greenhouse gas...

Resilience, Issue 38 – A Place Worth Calling Home

Resilience, Issue 38 - A Place Worth Calling Home October 2012 Sustainability. Adaptation. Mitigation. Local. Grassfed. These words, so much in the news today across the globe, barely registered on people’s radar screens fteen years ago. For example, when we founded...

Resilience, Issue 37 – Lessons Learned

Resilience, Issue 37 - Lessons Learned January 2012 This issue includes - Reflections from a “Do” Tank: Quivira and Conservation in the West Restoring Land Health to Small Properties: Lessons from Quivira’s Red Canyon Reserve                                          ...

Resilience, Issue 36 – A Carbon Ranch

Resilience, Issue 36 - A Carbon Ranch December 2010 For this inaugural issue of Resilience, we are introducing a new idea: The Carbon Ranch. Its purpose is to mitigate climate change by sequestering additional carbon dioxide in plants and soils, reducing greenhouse...

Resilience, Issue 35 – The Back Forty

Resilience, Issue 35 - The Back Forty February 2010 “The only progress that matters is on the actual landscape of the back forty.” – Aldo Leopold The news from the Back Forty is very encouraging. In many places that I have visited, people are solving on-the-ground...

Resilience, Issue 34 – New Agrarianism

Resilience, Issue 34 - New Agrarianism June 2009 "With this issue of our Journal, we reach a culmination of much of what The Quivira Coalition has been trying to accomplish since our founding in 1997. The idea of a new agrarianism encompasses nearly all our work over...

Resilience, Issue 33 – Building Resilience Part 2

Resilience, Issue 33 - Building Resilience Part 2 October 2008 Welcome to Part II of our look at Building Resilience – the theme of our 7th Annual Conference. Human history is full of surprises, as well as stress, innovation and change. What is different this time,...

Down to Earth

A Planet to Plate Podcast

Episode 92 – Designing systems that improve as they age

Jesse Smith‘s work aims for the opposite of planned obsolescence—the goals at Jalama Canyon Ranch are resilience and perennial productivity, through restoration of ecosystems and a truly regenerative vision of agriculture.

Episode 91 – Into the Pasture: Grassfed Goes Mainstream

Getting certified for grassfed meat can be challenging–but the American Grassfed Association supports producers in regenerative practices that are good for the earth, the farmer, and the eater.

Episode 91 – Busting myths about beef

Nicolette Hahn Niman was an environmental lawyer and vegetarian when she married a rancher—so she has a unique and broad-based perspective on agriculture. We discuss the new edition of her book, Defending Beef: The Ecological and Nutritional Case for Meat.

Episode 90 – Transforming the American Prairie, one strip at a time

Native Americans used fire and other methods to cultivate food on the prairie. In the 20th century it was plowed under for endless rows of monocrops. Omar de Kok-Mercado is part of a team that is working to make prairie land ecologically–and economically–sustainable.

Episode 89 – Welcome to Cowgirl Camp!

Beth Robinette grew up on a ranch but didn’t expect to stay there. But then she got so interested in food system and regenerative practices that now she’s ranching, developing new business models, and teaching the ropes to the next generation of ranchers.

Episode 88 – Lipan Apache: Bringing back the buffalo in Texas

Lucille Contreras calls buffalo her relatives. She’s a Lipan Apache and founder of the Texas Tribal Buffalo Project, which brings together food, culture, and language around this animal to reestablish its homeland.

Episode 87 – Regenerative production of…seaweed

Kristina Long is a ship captain and an artisanal kelp farmer in British Columbia. We talk about kelp ecosystems, food, and keeping sustainable practices in a growing market.

Episode 86 – Living and farming inside a closed system—for two years

Mark Nelson and Starrlight Augustine talk about the lessons learned from the ambitious experiment of 30 years ago, in which eight people lived in a sealed space and grew all their own food–recycling water, air, and waste.

Episode 85 – Starting a ranch–from the ground up

Rachael and James Stewart saw a lack of Black and Brown farmers and ranchers–and an opportunity to serve communities with unusual meat products. So they sold a classic car and started a ranch.

Episode 85 – Acclaimed chef Deborah Madison on her new food memoir

Author of fourteen books on food and pioneer in vegetarian cooking, she talks about her new memoir, An Onion in my Pocket, and her adventures during fifty years as a chef.

Technical Guides

For healthy working lands

Soil Health Workbook

Soil Health Workbook Fundamentals, Principles, and Management, For Producers and Technical Service Providers in the Dryland Intermountain West   Developed by Eva Stricker, PhD, and Linden Schneider, MS Based on presentations by New Mexico Cooperative Extension...

Applying Keyline Design Principles to Slope Wetland Restoration in a Headwater Ecosystem

Applying Keyline Design Principles to Slope Wetland Restoration in a Headwater Ecosystem NMED-SWQB By Walton, M., J. W. Jansens, J. Adams, M. Tatro, and T. E. Gadzia. An interest in developing, testing, and documenting innovative approaches to slope wetland...

A Good Road Lies Easy on the Land

A Good Road Lies Easy on the Land - Water Harvesting from Low-Standard Rural Roads By Bill Zeedyk “A road lies easily on the land if it is located on a landform where it can be readily and effectively drained (neither too steep nor too at); is functional when used as...

CO NRCS Range Technical Note

Hand-Built Structures for Restoring Degraded Meadows in Sagebrush Rangelands: Examples and lessons learned from the Upper Gunnison River Basin, Colorado USDA, State of Colorado, NRCS - Range Technical Note No. 40 May 2018 By Jeremy Maestas, Shawn Connor, Bill Zeedyk,...

Erosion Control Field Guide y en Español

Erosion Control Field Guide By Craig Sponholtz and Avery C. Anderson Sponholtz This field guide is intended to inform those who depend on the soil and its life-giving properties. This guide discusses ways to regenerate soil so that it holds more water, supports more...

Plug and Pond

The Plug and Pond Treatment: Restoring Sheetflow to High Elevation Slope Wetlands in New Mexico By Bill Zeedyk, Steve Vrooman, New Mexico Environment Department, and Surface Water Quality Bureau Wetlands Program This field guide is intended to inform those who depend...

Agrarian Apprenticeship: Growing the Next Generation of Ranchers and Farmers

Agrarian Apprenticeship: Growing the Next Generation of Ranchers and Farmers By Virginie Pointeau, Julie Sullivan, Sarah Wentzel-Fisher The New Agrarian Program has delved deep into the state of agricultural apprenticeship in the US as part of a Thornburg Foundation...

An Introduction to Erosion Control

An Introduction to Erosion Control By Bill Zeedyk and Jan-Willem Jansens This field guide is intended to inform those who depend on the soil and its life-giving properties. This guide discusses ways to regenerate soil so that it holds more water, supports more...

An Introduction to Induced Meandering

An Introduction to Induced Meandering By Bill Zeedyk This is an illustrated field guide for use by participants of riparian restoration educational workshops and field tours, along with contractors and volunteers (during installation of structures). It is a general...

Forest Restoration on the Rowe Mesa Grassbank – A K-12 Curriculum Guide

Forest Restoration on the Rowe Mesa Grassbank - A K-12 Curriculum Guide By Tori Derr and the Quivira Coalition This curriculum provides opportunities for youth to learn many aspects of science, including some principles of forest restoration, observation and...

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