Education and Innovation Sharing
Each year the ranch hosts a variety of workshops and classes that use the ranch setting to educate and train a variety of people from ranchers to horsemen to bird enthusiasts and beyond.
Currently scheduled workshops
EcoFarm Field Day: Women in Regenerative Agriculture
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 | 8:00am - 5:00pm
Out-of-control wildfires, prolonged drought, severe water shortages, and intense heat waves across the globe: the worsening effects of climate change are affecting human and environmental health and accelerate our need to act now. There is a growing cadre of innovative farmers and ranchers that are restoring working lands to drawdown atmospheric carbon, efficiently recycle nitrogen, and increase water storing capacity.
Many in this forward-thinking group are women, who care deeply about our soil and excel at nurturing it. In what is promising to be yet another compelling prelude to the EcoFarm conference, this full-day gathering at Paicines Ranch will introduce you to some of the remarkable female farmers, ranchers, scientists, physicians and advocates at the core of the regenerative movement.
Walking the fields of the renown Paicines Ranch, attendees will get to witness several innovative applications of regenerative practices, from integrating livestock and grains into perennial cropping systems, to holistic grazing. A scrumptious lunch will be served by local chefs followed by a tour of our polyculture vineyard. We’ll end with a complimentary wine tasting in the event barn, along with a unique bread tasting featuring breads baked with akmolinka wheat grown in the fields at Paicines Ranch that were grazed by sheep.
- Daphne Miller, MD, Growing Health Collaborative
- Doniga Markegard, Markegard Family Grass-Fed
- Dr. Kris Nichols, KRIS Systems Education & Consultation
- Kristyn Leach, Namu Farm
- Nikki Silvestri, Soil and Shadow, LLC
- Avery Ruzicka, Manresa Bread
- Melissa Sorongon, Piedrasassi
All are welcome — if you identify as female, a farmer/rancher or otherwise! Cost: $95 per person (includes lunch and bread & wine tasting).
Need lodging? Book a room or cottage at Paicines Ranch via Airbnb >>
Planned Grazing: How to Grow Soil, Grassland Health & Profit
Wednesday, January 30 - Thursday, January 31, 2019
Hosted by California Native Grasslands Association, this two-day workshop is geared towards ranchers and land managers who want to learn how to develop and implement a successful grazing plan that builds drought & fire resilience, biodiversity and soil carbon. Instructor Richard King brings 27 years of experience practicing holistic planned grazing on his own ranch and educating others. Retired from USDA-NRCS, Richard is a Certified Professional Educator with both Holistic Management International and the Savory Institute.
Learn more & register at: https://cnga.org
Go to cnga.org for More Information & Registration >>
Lodging at Paicines Ranch
Workshop registration does not include lodging. To book a stay at the ranch, please contact our Event Center Manager, Mary Rowen at: email@example.com or call the ranch office at (831) 628-0288 x24. Lodging can also be booked online on Airbnb >>
Regenerative Ag in Practice: Cover Cropping & Dry Farming Workshop
Friday, February 8 - Saturday, February 9, 2019
Join us for an interactive and informative two-day workshop with an incredible line-up of brilliant practitioners at Paicines Ranch on Friday, February 8th and Saturday, February 9th. The workshop will include presentations, as well as discussions out in the field, focused on cover cropping, pasture cropping, no-till dry farming and integrating livestock into cropland.
Presenters will include:
- Keith Berns, Green Cover Seed
- Dr. Christine Jones, Amazing Carbon
- Diane and Ian Haggerty, Farmers, Australia
- Scott Park, Park Farming Organics
Both days start at 9:00 AM and end at 4:00 PM. Workshop includes a local and fresh lunch and attendees are invited to enjoy a Soil to Table Dinner on the first night, Friday, Feb. 8th at the ranch. Please register separately if you'd like to join in on the Friday evening dinner.
Student discounts and a limited amount of scholarships are available.
Go to Eventbrite for More Information & Registration >>
Lodging at Paicines Ranch
Workshop registration does not include lodging. To book a stay at the ranch, please contact our Event Center Manager, Mary Rowen at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the ranch office at (831) 628-0288 x24.
Lodging can also be booked online on Airbnb >>
For questions and scholarships, contact Megan Mendenhall at email@example.com.
If you are interested in organizing a class to be taught at the Paicines Ranch, please, contact us for help planning your event. If you have a suggestion for a class you would like to see us organize, let us know via email.