Scene & Herd

Scene & Herd

  1. The Insect Apocalypse Is Here

    Article published by the New York Times.

    When asked recently what the “canary in the coal mine” is for ecosystem health, our colleague Jonathan Lundgren of Ecdisys Foundation said insects. Even though he is an entomologist, which may have affected his response, we agree with him. Given their position in the food chain, insects are clearly of great importance in terrestrial ecosystems. This article explains what may be happening to insect populations around the globe. It is also an excellent illustration of the benefits of citizen science, and the fact that academic scientists are not studying many of the extremely relevant issues facing us today for a variety of reasons.

    Read the article here >

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  2. Celebrating World Soil Day!

    We believe that soil is life. When in a good state, it builds health and fertility for people and planet. Soil has the ability to re-balance the carbon cycle beyond reducing emissions, in a way that benefits the oceans and agriculture; it can ensure that the water cycle is thriving, and prevent the dangerous extremes of flooding and drought; it can build the nutrient content of food and take a truly holistic approach to food security. We’ve fallen in love with soil and its capacity to solve the majority of our ecological destruction problems if treated well.

    And to say it in Sallie’s words: “Even if climate change wasn’t a thing, building soil health would be the most important work of the 21st century”

    Want to learn more about soil? Dive in with our Soil Health Primer.

     

     

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  3. Why We Love the Gypsy Goat Herder

    We Love the Gypsy Goat Herder

    Holistic land management happens in many ways.  We especially like the Gypsy Goat Herder who does it her way.  Imagine, one woman, hundreds of goats, 365 days of the year equals innovation in the realm of environmental care. Lani Malmberg is an inspiration for eco-action, with her work focused on non-toxic land care in the form of herding goats to pastures that would otherwise use health and environmentally harmful pesticides. Drawing from her multiple degrees in weed science, biology, botany and environmental restoration, she came to this innovative alternative to pesticides in weed management, utilizing the natural behavior of goats. Goats clear the vegetation and recycle these weeds through their gut to offer nutrition for the soil. In this video, Lani candidly shares her work on Maui, and expresses the energy of earth compassion and innovation to inspire us all. Her main motivation? To be a model and set an example for others to follow.  YES!

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  4. Esther and Sallie Named World-Changing Women

    World Changing Women - Esther and Sallie - NoRegretsAnd we couldn’t agree more.  We loved the Advice they gave to female impact investors:

    “Truly embrace the possibility of using financial capital to make the world a better place. Think outside the current box of return and risk.” — Sallie

    “At the end of the day, it’s all about people, so use your intuitive skills and trust your gut and inner voice when it comes to the people you choose to work with, whether on your team or in your portfolio. And given the choice or opportunity, always go with the answer to ‘how would a woman do this differently than a man?’” — Esther

    Join Sallie and Esther at the upcoming SVI Women in the Bay Area, March 21-23, 2018.

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  5. What’s Emerging?

    This crazy thing we do…

    I woke up early this morning thinking about something that our land manager, Kelly Mulville, said at a meeting recently. It was something to the effect of wanting more results, more perfection, at the ranch that we steward before we bring lots of people there and show them what we’re doing. I commented that I was the counterbalance to perfection. We also talked about wanting everyone at the ranch to feel like an “educator.”

    As I lay in bed this morning, I realized that I view this very differently. In 21st century America, the idea of an educator is to give someone answers. That isn’t at all what we are about. We are on a journey to make a change in the world, and we are about sharing that journey, with all of its questions, ideas, experiments, successes, failures, and, yes, squirrels. We want to inspire our visitors to ask their own questions, start or continue their own journeys, and share that with us. Together we will come up with whatever answers we can for our own places and lives. We will never achieve anything close to perfection. We might come up with some answers that work for us, but we may actually become less inspirational as that happens. If you show up somewhere and it looks like they have it all figured out and are way ahead of you, sometimes that’s more intimidating than inspirational.

    So, this is why I prefer to call Elaine Patarini the Director of Innovation Sharing. I would suggest that we all think of ourselves more as sharers of the journey than educators. We are all part of this crazy thing and have something of it that we can talk about. To me, thinking about it this way is exhilarating and exciting, rather than daunting and overwhelming.

    I think that this can inform the way we tell stories, and applies equally well to all parts of the No Regrets Initiative — Paicines Ranch, Cienega Capital, and the Globetrotter Foundation. This is what Esther Park and I are doing in the #No Regrets Initiative videos when we talk about integrated capital and new investing paradigms.

    And to my team and my community, thanks for doing this crazy thing with me. — Sallie

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  6. Field Day at Paicines Ranch Mimicking Nature

    Integrating Livestock into Cropping Systems

    With Gabe Brown, Ray Archuleta and David Johnson

    We are excited to host a field day on our historic Paicines Ranch, which encompasses 7,600 acres of rangeland, vineyards and row crops on Tues. January 23, 2018. Participants will have the opportunity to see regenerative practices on farm and learn about the overarching frameworks and core principles from top leaders in the field.

    We will starts with an introductory overview of the new regenerative agriculture movement, followed by presentations about the underlying science on soil health and whole system thinking. We’ll demonstrate how to put these principles into practice –including the production of specialty compost and the use of high-species- diversity cover crops, and holistic planned grazing to improve farm productivity, soil function and carbon carrying capacity.

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  7. Thank you, RSF Social Finance!

    Thank you to our friends at RSF Social Finance for publishing this article highlighting our founders story as well as the importance of growing healthy soil to create a thriving society.

    Read the full article at RSF Social Finance.

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  8. The Design Flaw at the Core of Humanity’s Malaise

    We appreciate the insights of our friend, Judith Schwartz who raises some important questions about the roots or our economy and how we might envision the world we know is possible.

    https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/11/18/design-flaw-core-humanitys-malaise

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  9. Regenerative Agriculture—Farming Methods That Can Reverse Climate Change

    From our friends at GreenAmerica.org

    Regenerative agriculture harnesses the relationships between plants and soil microbes to pull excess carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and store it in plants and soils where it is a useful nutrient for farmers.

    You may have noticed that we’ve been talking about regenerative agriculture a lot lately, especially its amazing potential to reverse climate change and bring numerous benefits to farmers, consumers, and local environments.

    Today, we’re focusing on the how of regenerative agriculture—we’ll dive more into the specific practices that farmers and gardeners alike can use to not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but also draw down excess carbon while bringing about many other ecosystem benefits at the farm and landscape level. Many of these practices have been around for ages; they’re proven to improve resiliency to ever increasing weather extremes and enhance long-term farmland values, which makes them good for the farmer and good for the planet.

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