Open source information about innovative land practices.


The Quivira Coalition openly shares most of our publications and other media resources. We try to provide useful guides for land stewards to control erosion, monitor rangeland, improve road drainage, start an apprenticeship program, and many other topics.

We also have a number of publications in print for sale. Check back soon to be able to purchase them through this website, or contact Kit Brewer at to order any of our publications by email.

Down to Earth is a podcast about hope. As climate change collides with our industrial food system, we focus not on doom but instead on people who are developing practical, innovative solutions. We invite you to meet farmers, ranchers, scientists, land managers, writers, and many others on a mission to create a world in which the food we eat is healthy—for us, for the land and water from which it springs, for the lives and livelihoods of the producers, and for the planet.

Quivira has co-produced this podcast with Mary Charlotte Domandi and Radio Cafe. Each episode is produced by the talented and generous David Wolf of Small Biz America Radio.


Down to Earth Podcast- Episode 11

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 have previously seemed insurmountable are now being...

Down to Earth Podcast- Episode 10

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 terrestrial life, and yet we are not far advanced in our understanding of the countless...

Down to Earth Podcast- Episode 9

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 and Living. The new...

Down to Earth Podcast- Episode 8

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 more successful landscape and business than the previous model....

Down to Earth Podcast- Episode 7

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 — and uses that knowledge to breed grains and other crops that feed...

Down to Earth Podcast- Episode 6

The Water Win-Win: Food and ecosystems in balance Sandra Postel‘s new book is Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity. It’s about the world water cycle, and about real solutions to the problem of providing water for people and food, and at the same time...

Down to Earth Podcast- Episode 5

The deck is stacked against family farmers. Here’s one rancher’s powerful response. Mike Callicrate is a rancher who started out in industrial feedlot cattle production, but converted to principles of animal husbandry and regenerative agriculture when he saw how...

Down to Earth Podcast- Episode 4

The Butchers meet the Buddha: Conscious meat production today Adam Danforth left behind a career in advertising and marketing in order to do something more grounded and meaningful with his life. He became a butcher, one of a new breed of artisanal butchers...

Down to Earth Podcast- Episode 3

Slowing Climate Change, One Farm at a Time... Calla Rose Ostrander is an expert on climate change policy and regenerative agriculture — and the place where those worlds meet. She offers a hopeful vision of how agriculture could transform from climate...

Down to Earth Podcast- Episode 2

Fighting climate change with cattle... A scientist-rancher’s view of a new landscape. Allen Williams is a sixth-generation farmer and rancher from South Carolina, where he grew up around a multitude of farm animals and fresh, homegrown fruits and...

Open Source Publications

A Good Road Lies Easy on the Land

Characterization and Restoration of Slope Wetlands in New Mexico

An Introduction to Erosion Control

An Introduction to Induced Meandering: A Method for Restoring Stability to Incised Stream Channels

Rangeland Health and Planned Grazing

The New Ranch Handbook: A Guide to Restoring Western Rangelands

Seeing the Forest AND the Trees: A Review of a Collaborative Restoration Project on Rowe Mesa

Of Land and Culture Environmental Justice and Public Lands Ranching in Northern NM

Rowe Mesa Forest Health Curriculum

Agrarian Apprenticeship Guidebook

Quivira Journals- Resilience

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