GSW is an intensive land-based vocational training program for livestock management, regenerative ecological services, and entrepreneurial development.
GSW’s focus is around three main areas of training in order to empower a new kind of land and livestock manager adept in the intersection of stewardship and stockmanship:
LAND: To educate emerging farmers, ranchers, graziers and land stewards in the practice and theory of regenerative rangeland management skills, incorporating wildlife ecology, soil & plant sciences and watershed systems
ANIMAL HUSBANDRY: To support and build productive livestock operations with ethical and humane animal husbandry practices
BUSINESS & COMMUNITY: To train students to become empowered entrepreneurs and community members who recognize the potential for economic development via place-based businesses.
A successful GSW graduate will have the practical and business skills to pursue a career in land-based stockman/womanship through entrepreneurial endeavors or collaboration with established livestock operations, public agencies or land management businesses.
non-traditional demographics (urban, college graduates, new to agriculture, refugee, post-incarceration populations)
multi-generational operations looking to improve their viability and success through legacy farming.
will be multiple weeks/months with part or full-time commitment and season-specific trainings. The structure of the full GSW training program is still in development, based on ongoing research and collaboration with partner organizations.
will include comprehensive and practical instruction of using livestock as a tool on both public and private landscapes for:
fire hazard abatement
invasive species management
soil remediation projects
entrepreneurialism in land-based business working with livestock
ecologically-minded land stewardship and succession
building of soil organic carbon
stacked enterprise production (meat, milk, fiber, hides)
will focus on the intention of starting or managing innovating mixed/stacked revenue model grazing operations.
Assist in the connection to markets for locally and sustainably raised meat, fiber, hide and leather products, and ideally help build those markets
Assist in connection to land and contract access through strategic partnerships with land linkage organizations, public agencies and funders