2017 Conference Videos

Ranching and Farming at the Radical Center

Rio Grande Water Fund Panel

Rio Grande Water Fund Panel - Fire and Rain: Economic, Ecological and Community Resilience Sandra Postel, Laura McCarthy, Katherine Kuhas, Toner Mitchell This panel of experts will discuss the Rio Grande Water Fund, an innovative project created to invest in the long...

Allen Williams – Restore Soil and Ecosystem Health with Adaptive Grazing

Allen Williams Restore Soil and Ecosystem Health with Adaptive Grazing Allen Williams will speak on adaptive grazing, which produces positive compounding effects that can significantly benefit soil health, plant species complexity and diversity, insect and pollinator...

Rick Danvir – Comparing Effects of Time-Controlled Grazing…

Rick Danvir Comparing Effects of Time-Controlled Grazing, Traditional Management, and Rest on Vegetative Covers For centuries, apprenticeship has been the means of passing on the skills of many trades, from engravers and silversmiths in the middle ages, to...

Laura Paine – Training the Next Generation of Land Stewards

Laura Paine  Training the Next Generation of Land Stewards For centuries, apprenticeship has been the means of passing on the skills of many trades, from engravers and silversmiths in the middle ages, to electricians and carpenters today. Using work-based learning...

Keri Brandt and Janine Fitzgerald – Zombie Agriculture

Keri Brandt and Janine Fitzgerald Zombie Agriculture Industrial agriculture has resulted in dead soils and animals living in torturous conditions. We call this process "zombie agriculture" in reference to constant supply of synthetic inputs required to reanimate the...

Wendell Gilgert – Re-Watering California One Ranch at a Time

Wendell Gilgert Re-Watering California One Ranch at a Time "Point Blue Conservation Science is collaborating with the USDA-NRCS, cooperating ranchers, RCD’s and conservation partners to improve rangelands in California. Point Blue Partner Biologists are teaming up...

Michael Phillips – Soil Redemption Song

Michael Phillips Soil Redemption Song This lively exploration of soil biology and healthy plant metabolism will rouse every gardener, farmer, rancher, and fruit grower to think deeper. How mycorrhizal fungi enhance plant health is absolutely stunning. Nutrients are...

Carbon Ranching Panel – Drawing it Down, Funding Regeneration

Carbon Ranching Panel - Drawing it Down, Funding Regeneration Calla Rose Ostrander (moderator), Russell Chamberlin, Kevin Watt, Kevin Munro This panel led by Calla Rose presented an overview of carbon farming in California, including updates on the state’s Healthy...

Mindful Meat Panel Keynote

Mindful Meat Keynote Panel Mary Charlotte Domandi, Deborah Madison, Adam Danforth, Mike Callicrate Listen to butcher and teacher Adam Danforth, chef and writer Deborah Madison, and rancher and processor Mike Callicrate discuss how we eat, think, and talk...

2017 Radical Center Awards and Panel

2017 Radical Center Awards and Panel Wink Crigler - Ranching, Ernie Atencio - Conservation, Ron Mortensen, Curtis Chee, Mark Willis - Civil Service, Rachel Gilker and Kathy Voth - Research The Eleventh Annual Awards for Outstanding Leadership in the...

Down to Earth

A Planet to Plate Podcast

Episode 16 – Does Money Really Grow on Trees?

Does Money Really Grow on Trees? Author and sustainability ecologist Tony Juniper talks about his book, What Has Nature Ever Done for Us? How Money Really Does Grow on Trees. He explains the value of natural ecosystems in a variety of economic contexts, from food...

Episode 15 – Organic production agriculture in Montana: Scaling up at Vilicus Farms

Organic production agriculture in Montana: Scaling up at Vilicus Farms Doug Crabtree and Anna Jones Crabtree are the owners of Vilicus Farms in Havre, Montana. The 6800-acre organic farm is as far from industrial agriculture as you can get — they grow as many as 20...

Episode 14 – Science on the range: studying wide open landscapes in the American West

Science on the range: studying wide open landscapes in the American West Geographer Nathan Sayre talks about homesteaders, hubris, and healing … and the challenges facing public and private lands and the people and creatures who inhabit them. He is a professor of...

Episode 13 – Cows Save the Planet

Cows Save the Planet Judith Schwartz is the author of Cows Save the Planet: And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth.We talk about ecosystems, biodiversity, soil, climate change mitigation, and alternatives to the current industrial food model....

Episode 12 – Opening the conversation about living soils

Opening the conversation about living soils Chris Jagger is a vegetable farmer in Oregon, and he’s founder of the Living Soils Symposium, an annual gathering of farmers and people interested in regenerative agriculture. He talks about the many challenges of farming,...

Episode 11 – From conflict to conciliation on Western landscapes

From conflict to conciliation on Western landscapes Lesli Allison, executive director of the Western Landowners Alliance, talks about the complex relationships among conservationists, ranchers, farmers, land managers–and wildlife, water, and earth. Challenges that...

Episode 10 – What on earth is earth? A soil scientist tell us…and why we shouldn’t treat it like dirt.

What on earth is earth? A soil scientist tell us…and why we shouldn’t treat it like dirt. Christine Jones is a world-renowned soil scientist and ecologist who helps people transition from industrial to regenerative agriculture practices. Soil is the basis of all...

Episode 9 – Eat Mesquite? Yes. Really.

Eat Mesquite? Yes. Really. Brad Lancaster is co-founder of Desert Harvesters, in Tucson, Arizona. He’s author of Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond. His new book, produced with Desert Harvesters, is Eat Mesquite and More: A Cookbook for Sonoran Desert Foods...

Episode 8 – Patron saints of regenerative agriculture: Gabe and Paul Brown

Patron saints of regenerative agriculture: Gabe and Paul Brown Gabe Brown and his family endured hail, drought, and near ruin before they changed their way of farming and ranching. Theirs is a story of creative response to adversity that led to a much healthier and...

Episode 7 – Wes Jackson on the problem of agriculture and the perennial solution

Wes Jackson on the problem of agriculture and the perennial solution Wes Jackson is a visionary. Plant geneticist, founder of the Land Institute, he has a deep understanding of ecological communities — how the many species of life interact with one another on the land...

Technical Guides

For healthy working lands

Erosion Control Field Guide

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Seeing the Forest and the Trees: A Review of a Collaborative Restoration Project on Rowe Mesa, San Miguel County, NM

Seeing the Forest and the Trees: A Review of a Collaborative Restoration Project on Rowe Mesa, San Miguel County, NM By Courtney White Between 2001 and 2005, a collaborative, science-based restoration treatment project - called Rincon Ortiz CFRP - was...

Rangeland Health and Planned Grazing

Rangeland Health and Planned Grazing By Kirk Gadzia and Nathan Sayre A Joint Publication from Earth Works Institute, The Quivira Coalition and the Rio Puerco Management Committee. Fourth Edition - April 2009. This field guide is an introduction to grazing...

The New Ranch Handbook: A Guide to Restoring Western Rangelands

The New Ranch Handbook: A Guide to Restoring Western Rangelands By Nathan Sayre What began as a grassroots collaboration among a small number of ranchers and conservationists working to resolve rangeland problems has grown into an active faction of...

Characterization and Restoration of Slope Wetlands in New Mexico

Characterization and Restoration of Slope Wetlands in New Mexico by Bill Zeedyk and the Quivira Coalition A technical bulletin written with funds from NMED SWQB WP, describes the conditions in the watershed and the techniques used to stabilize and restore...

Resilience

Quivira’s Annual Journal

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,...

Resilience, Issue 32 – Building Resilience Part 1

Resilience, Issue 32 - Building Resilience Part 1 April 2008 "Building resilience – which the dictionary defines as “the ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change” – is a main focus of The Quivira Coalition. We’ve even adjusted our mission...