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Why manage a farm holistically?

What does it mean to utilize #holisticmanagement techniques on your farm? And why the heck bother??

Riffle Farms is part of a growing movement. A movement to facilitate the large-scale regeneration of the world’s grasslands and the livelihoods of their inhabitants, through holistic management led by The Savory Institute founded in 2009 by Allan Savory. Allan has inspired over 5 million people through his 2013 TED talk, recognized as one of the 50 most intriguing TED talks of all time. We work closely with a local Savory Hub, The Robinia Institute, to support the movement, achieve the same mission, and help educate others.

Our Reason

Humbled by the awareness it takes to see the many natural relationships before us, we have chosen to participate in that exquisite cycle by becoming responsible and transparent farmers. Land is a community to which we belong, with which we can build a relationship. By fostering this community we can begin to love and respect Nature, becoming more than just a participant, but a holistic shepherd.

Regenerative farming and agriculture provide a resilient system to grow food by building soil that will become abundant for man, beast, and all of Nature. We chose bison, with their intact wildness, to help teach us how to work with Mother Nature instead of against her (plus they are fabulously, healthy meat!).

#holisticmanagement recognizes the need for a cyclical framework versus the traditional linear model of farming inputs and outputs--it's just not that simple y'all! You can see it, the abundance Nature can provide, but it's hard to describe, replicate, and manage. So we look to the cycles for a better understanding: water, mineral, energy, and community. Keeping these cycles at the forefront of management decisions helps us to regenerate the land as a whole and brings about co-creative emergence. It's an amazing thing to behold once you get into the groove :)

Want to know how your farm could benefit from #holisticmanagement ? 👉🏻 GET IN TOUCH


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