Do you dream of having a meaningful, impactful and viable career working on the land with livestock?
Take this first step by taking this Prospective Trainee Survey to help us to shepherd you on your way.
If you are a working rancher, farmer, educator, private or public land manager or an interested individual in general, we would love to hear from you also.
Please contribute your input by taking this Industry Stakeholder Survey. Thank you!
SUMMER 2018 UPDATE
It’s been a few seasons since the last update about our assessment of what a vocational training program for a new generation of graziers might look like, it’s need and the opportunities associated in supporting new pathways forged for this meaningful career.
Since our last reporting of our findings from European grazier training programs and the first push surveying prospective trainees and industry stakeholders, we have made some big strides.
We’ve teamed up with an organization based in New Mexico called the Quivira Coalition whose mission is to support resilience on working landscapes through education, innovation and collaboration. Quivira runs the New Agrarian Program supporting first time farmers and ranchers through facilitating on-the-ground apprenticeship opportunities through the mentorship of experienced farmers and ranchers in established land and livestock and farming operations.
Collaborating with Quivira to better understand how a vocational training program can ready and support these apprentices has begun to shed brighter light on how to best approach developing a program to answer to the need for skill-building, experience, resources and connections that lead to viable careers in agriculture, animal husbandry and land stewardship.
We have also submitted a grant proposal to the USDA this past winter to garner support for the program via the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program fund and we are awaiting for the review response to be announced in the fall. We feel good about the potential of being awarded this grant which will accelerate the momentum and foundation building of what we have deemed this project as the Grazing School of the West.
In the meantime we have successfully raised bridge funding to further our research and development phase assessing what the true needs are for a vocational training program specific to a new kind of grazier and what the program will provide in training and opportunities it will create for trainees post-completion.
Continuing to garner support and collaboration with livestock producers, public agencies, organizations, institutions, businesses and professionals is essential in this phase to build upon current educational, training and professional development programs and to support growing opportunities in stewarding land with livestock, and creating viability and opportunities in the career paths in food and fiber.
While we continue our research and needs assessment we will begin to host orientations for those interested in learning about this career path and are planning the piloting of curriculum that is envisioned for the Grazing School of the West.
It is time to again ask you to contribute your thoughts, interests and opinions. We are humbly calling all potential future graziers, field professionals, educators, scientists, producers, public agents, land and livestock managers, and the like to join this effort to create an impactful and effective program to support growing graziers to answer to the pressing demands for increased land stewardship and viable careers in land and livestock.
WE NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU!
Here is how you can contribute and get involved:
Answer our prospective trainee or industry stakeholder surveys
Sign-up for our newsletter at pastoralismprevailing.com or grazingschoolofthewest.com
Follow us on instagram at @grazingschoolofthewest
Join our facebook group at Pastoralism Prevailing : Grazing School of the West
Thank you and stay tuned for more frequent updates!
All the best,
Brittany Cole Bush / BCB Shepherdess of the Grazing School of the West
(October 23rd, 2017)
Now available for streaming and download!
A recording of the presentation summarizing the findings from Brittany Cole Bush and Guido Frosini's investigatory trip to Europe to learn how the next generation of graziers are being trained is now ready for viewing.
Stream the full presentation or in parts here.
In addition, we invite you to contribute to our research in assessing the needs and potentials of a graziers training program in the United States.
If you are an industry stakeholder (livestock producer, land manager, educator, public agent, scientist/researcher, other), please share with us your input by completing this survey: Graziers Training Program Research & Discovery: Industry Intake Survey
If you are a prospective student of a grazing education program, please share with us yourinput by completing this questionnaire: Graziers Training Program Research & Discovery: Prospective Student Questionnaire
We thank you for your input and look forward to engaging futher.
Stay tuned for more details on how you can further contribute to this work.
(October 13th, 2017)
For those who were unable to attend the live webinar or who experienced technical issues do not fret! We will be sending a follow-up email with a new recording of the presentation, the report and links to surveys to learn further about your interests in developing a graziers vocational program in the United States.
Thank you so much for your interest and participation in this discussion.
Fibershed's research team Brittany Cole Bush & Guido Frosini present their journey exploring the schools that train the next generation of modern-day graziers in the Basque Country, French Alps, Great Pyrenees, Southern France and Catalonia.
In this webinar presentation, BCB will present the findings summarizing their research and experiences from this grand pastoral exploration.
The objective is to ignite conversation, invite participation and further connectivity between those interested in the development of a vocational training program for new and old graziers as “ecological doctors” in the United States.
The report will be sent upon registration and a recording will be available after the event to those who register.
Please Join the conversation!