Resilience

Quivira’s Annual Journal

Episode 68 – Why the biggest reservoirs in the west are running low–and what to do about it

Water expert Brian Richter walks us through the history of these great man-made lakes, and how we can ensure that they will continue to provide water through man-made crises like climate change.

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 68 – Why the biggest reservoirs in the west are running low–and what to do about it

Water expert Brian Richter walks us through the history of these great man-made lakes, and how we can ensure that they will continue to provide water through man-made crises like climate change.

Episode 67 – Food, farmers, and the virus–navigating the difficulties and disconnects

There’s plenty of food, but with Covid-19 it’s not getting where it needs to go, and everyone–especially farmers–is paying the price. Rachel Armstrong of Farm Commons walks us through the problems–and some solutions–to the many dilemmas facing the food system.

Episode 66 – Restoring Public Lands Through Grazing

Grazing on public lands is controversial–for good reason. But when it’s done right, adaptive grazing can greatly improve land health–from overgrazed land, to former oil fields, to bombing ranges. Gregory Horner tells the stories.

Episode 65 – Health, profit, and beauty on the farm in Minnesota

Grant and Dawn Breitkreutz didn’t know they were cultivating soil health when they started doing Holistic Management of their livestock. But as they learned to work with nature rather than fighting it their soil–and their farm–began to thrive in ways they’d never dreamed of.

Episode 64 – A small New Mexico garlic farmer takes on a Chinese ag giant

Farmer and writer Stanley Crawford got involved in a legal action that challenged a huge firm that wasn’t paying duties, and was “dumping” garlic onto the US market. What was supposed to take one year turned into a multi-year drama that is still ongoing.

Episode 63 – Grassroots Rising: A holistic vision for a healthy food system and climate

Ronnie Cummins analyzes what’s not working about our food system and lays out a blueprint for change — while reminding us that regenerative agriculture is ultimately a necessity.

Episode 62 – Growing food for healthy communities in Indian Country

Kelsey Ducheneaux is a fourth generation regenerative beef cattle rancher, and she works with the Intertribal Agriculture Council helping producers to work within the current system–and reinvigorate native foods and practices.

Episode 61 – Organic and sustainable agriculture in the Southern US

Brennan Washington is an agriculture Renaissance man. He farms, promotes farmers markets, provides resources to limited-resource producers, and produces the Sustainable Ag Rider podcast.

Episode 60 – Farming and fire in Australia today

Farmers in Australia work as fire fighters–but they don’t always do effective fire prevention. We talk to farm planner Darren Doherty talks about the devastation, causes, and opportunities arising from the bush fires.

Episode 59 – Regenerative vs. Degenerative Agriculture

We talk to Kevin Watt from TomKat Ranch about the practice and benefits of regenerative agriculture, how to incentivize it, and the dire long-term consequences of the degenerative practices of industrial agriculture.

Technical Guides

For healthy working lands

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

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...

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 successfully...

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