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 102 – From despair to care: a high mountain view of our ailing earth

Author Bill deBuys reflects on what people are doing to land, water, and climate from high in the Himalayas, in his new book, The Trail to Kanjiroba, and how we can begin letting go of despair and do our part for the earth’s restoration.

Episode 101 – Stepping back from the abyss: James Rebanks’ return from industrial to traditional farming

Farmer James Rebanks comes from a thousand-year old farming tradition—which was almost destroyed in one generation. He tells the story of how he worked out how “improvement” was wreaking havoc on the soil, food, and wildife—and how he’s rebuilding his farm to be long-term sustainable.

Episode 100 – Restoring the global water cycle

With the best of intentions and technological innovation, we have broken the world’s water cycle. Now, says water expert Sandra Postel, we need to work with nature in order to restore it—if we want to survive, thrive, and, well, eat.

Episode 99 – How—and why—to be good to your microbes

Dr. Emeran Mayer connects the human and soil microbiomes—both stretched to their limits and beyond by today’s diet, lifestyle, and industrial practices. And he tells us how we can eat and grow food in a way that heals the body, the economy, and the planet.

Episode 98 – Lush and Abundant Biodiversity—in a Desert City

Reese Baker has a vision for greening urban landscapes—and he wants to make Santa Fe an example of how to do it, by catching rainwater from roofs, streets, and parking lots, and channeling it into gardens, trees, and soil.

Episode 97 – The deep history of apples

Orchardist Gordon Tooley knows apple trees–and has been cultivating rare and heirloom varieties for three decades. But for him it’s as much about the landscape and lifestyle as about the product. We talk about living slowly, observing closely, and promoting healthy land, water, wildlife, and human communities.

Episode 96 – Pests, pathogens, and porcupines: thwarting the marauding hordes in an apple orchard

New England is lush and green—and all kinds of creatures want to eat a farmer’s crops. Apple grower and cider maker Steve Wood talks about Integrated Pest Management and its challenges.

Episode 95 – Rockweed: underwater forest or industrial commodity?

Seaweed has always been used for food, fertilizer, and medicine. But now, off the coast of Maine, over-harvesting threatens rockweed and the many species that depend on it.

Episode 94 – 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 93 – 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.

Technical Guides

For healthy working lands

Rural Dryland Composting

Rural Dryland Composting Aerated Static Piles and Worm Composting   By Juliana Ciano and Trevor Ortiz, Reunity ResourcesEva Stricker and Linden Schneider, Quivira Coalition    Our goal is to help rural communities efficiently use waste products to improve...

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...

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