Why We Care

We have the opportunity to adopt a form of agriculture that produces not just food, but also a wide range of social, economic, nutritional, ecological, and climate benefits. Regenerative agriculture improves soil health and sequesters carbon, improves water quality and holding capacity, supports biodiversity, increases the nutrient density and long-term resilience of our food supply, and improves the prosperity of rural communities.

Photo Credit: William Milliot

We have the opportunity to adopt a form of agriculture that produces not just food, but also a wide range of social, ecologic, climate, nutritional, and economic benefits. Regenerative agriculture improves soil health and sequesters carbon, improves water quality and holding capacity, supports biodiversity, increases the nutrient density and long-term resilience of our food supply, and improves the prosperity of rural communities.

Regenerative agriculture is one of the most promising solutions to many of the problems we face today.

Climate

For hundreds of thousands of years a unique climate has supported flourishing human and natural life. Earth is the only planet known that can support humans, but only if we keep the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to less than 350 parts per million. As the Dalai Lama tweeted in 2016, “This planet is our only home; we are all responsible for taking care of it.”

Because “no other mechanism known to humankind is as effective in addressing global warming as capturing carbon dioxide from the air through photosynthesis,” the team of Drawdown ranked Regenerative Agriculture 11th of 100 solutions to draw down carbon from the atmosphere. According to their calculations, Regenerative Agriculture could result in a reduction of 23.15 gigatons of carbon dioxide, from both sequestration and reduced emissions, by 2050.

Water

Seventy-one percent of Earth’s surface is covered by water, with 96.5 percent of all water held by the oceans. The presence and abundance of water distinguishes Earth from other planets, and we are utterly dependent on its quality and availability. We drink it daily and our agricultural production accounts for 70 percent of its withdrawals globally. Water and soil are inextricably linked. According to the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service, every one percent of organic matter in the soil holds approximately 20,000 gallons of water per acre.

When soils are healthy they can filter water and decrease runoff, improving water quality in rivers, streams, and groundwater reserves. By improving the soil’s water holding capacity, regenerative agriculture can make more water available during drought times and absorb more water, more quickly, during flood times. The Union of Concerned Scientists estimates that “building healthier soils could reduce runoff in flood years by nearly one-fifth, cut flood frequency by the same amount, and make as much as 16 percent more water available for crops to use during dry periods.”

Food Security

The abundance of nutritious food available on this planet is remarkable and critical. At present, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, farmers and ranchers across the globe produce more than 2,700 calories per person per day. We continue to make improvements to our political and distribution systems to enable universal access to those food calories and to ensure that our lands are healthy enough to produce ample food well into the future.

Regenerative agriculture, with its focus on soil health and increasing soil organic matter, coaxes a tremendous amount of edible food from every acre under production, and its effects are self-reinforcing. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization has found that, “high organic matter increases productivity and, in turn, high productivity increases organic matter.” This strategy is not only more resilient from a food security perspective, but also comes with economic benefits for the producer.

Rural Economies

Most of us depend on our rural neighbors who produce the vast majority of the world’s food as well as its agriculture-based fibers and fuels. This production is happening in the face of increasing social and land use pressures that are decreasing acreage available for working lands, forcing younger generations to leave for the cities, and decreasing the economic viability of rural areas.

When our rural communities thrive and work in harmony with nature, we all benefit. Regenerative agriculture is about landowners being stewards of an agro-ecological system where nature, their farm, and economic prosperity are managed as a whole. What is good for the health of the soil is good for the economic prospects of the land manager. According to the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service, “Healthy soil saves farmers money since…healthy soils use inputs like water and nutrients more efficiently [so] production costs are lower.”

Biodiversity

Many have seen an agriculture at odds with the environment and, in response, have tried to assign economic value to biodiversity based on the benefits it provides to the systems upon which we depend. But this pits food and agricultural production against nature, when the great opportunity is to have them working in lockstep for the health of people and planet.

Regenerative agriculture is about managing for the entire ecosystem, embracing biodiversity of land and soil. From there we see cascading benefits that redound to humans and natural allies, like pollinators and predators who provide countless benefits to humans through their interactions with both natural and working landscapes.

Health & Wellness

At no other time in human history have humans lived such long, fulfilling, healthy lives. Even so, we can and must do more to ensure that every person has access to the mental and physical wellbeing that results from eating healthy food and having a connection to the land. We know from Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, that there are many benefits from connecting with nature, from boosting mental acuity and creativity to reducing obesity and depression.

When our soil is healthy, we are healthy, and our natural systems are healthy. Regenerative agriculture improves soil health, which in turn increases the nutrient density and diversity of the food and forage grown in that soil, which then improves the health and diversity of the people and animals who eat the food and forage. Additionally, regenerative agriculture can protect our natural resources, making them available in the restorative ways we need.

Working Lands

The Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that 37 percent of Earth’s land area is in agriculture, 70 percent of which is grasslands. This land contributes to the livelihoods of over 800 million people, produces the equivalent of more than 2,700 calories per person per day, and has the potential to create ecosystem benefit and climate mitigation. Unfortunately, we are losing working lands at an alarming rate. In the United States alone, American Farmland Trust estimates that 175 acres of farm and ranch land are lost every hour to sprawl and development.

We know working lands can be managed harmoniously for nature and humans. Regenerative agriculture is both ecologically and economically beneficial, as evidenced by a recent report, Valuing the Ecosystem Service Benefits from Regenerative Agriculture Practices, from Farmland LP, Delta Institute, and Earth Economics. Keeping these lands working provides both ecological benefits for nature and economic benefits for the landowners in charge of their stewardship.

Animal Welfare

Many people are concerned with where their food comes from and how it is grown or raised. Michael Pollan went so far as to recommend that every person develop their own personal food policy. Regardless of what food choices we each make, maintaining thoughtful societal norms around the treatment of the people, land, and animals that produce our food is critical.

Regenerative agriculture emphasizes the importance of raising animals in pasture settings where they are free to eat an appropriate diet and express their natural instincts, while simultaneously contributing to the creation of healthy soils that grow high-quality, nutrient-dense forages on which animals prefer to graze. This positive feedback loop has led FoodPrint to conclude that, “raising cattle on pasture measures up to the highest levels of animal welfare practices.”

Climate

What's At Stake

For hundreds of thousands of years a unique climate has supported flourishing human and natural life. Earth is the only planet known to humans that can support humans, but only if we keep the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to less than 350 parts per million. As the Dalai Lama tweeted in 2016, “This planet is our only home; we are all responsible for taking care of it.”

The Solution

Because “no other mechanism known to humankind is as effective in addressing global warming as capturing carbon dioxide from the air through photosynthesis,” the team of Drawdown ranked Regenerative Agriculture 11th of 100 solutions to draw down carbon from the atmosphere. According to their calculations, Regenerative Agriculture could result in a reduction of 23.15 gigatons of carbon dioxide, from both sequestration and reduced emissions, by 2050.

Water

What's At Stake

71% of Earth’s surface is covered by water, with 96.5% of all water held by the oceans. The presence and abundance of water distinguishes Earth from other planets, and we are utterly dependent on its quality and availability. We drink it daily and our agricultural production accounts for 70% of its withdrawals globally. Water and soil are inextricably linked. According to the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service, every one percent of organic matter in the soil holds approximately 20,000 gallons of water per acre.

The Solution

When soils are healthy they can filter water and decrease runoff, improving water quality in rivers, streams, and groundwater reserves. By improving the soil’s water holding capacity, regenerative agriculture can make more water available during drought times and absorb more water, more quickly, during flood times. The Union of Concerned Scientists estimates that “building healthier soils could reduce runoff in flood years by nearly one-fifth, cut flood frequency by the same amount, and make as much as 16 percent more water available for crops to use during dry periods.”

Food Security

What's At Stake

The abundance of nutritious food available on this planet is remarkable and critical. At present, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, farmers and ranchers across the globe produce more than 2,700 calories per person per day. We continue to make improvements to our political and distribution systems to enable universal access to those food calories and to ensure that our lands our healthy enough to produce ample food well into the future.

The Solution

Regenerative agriculture, with its focus on soil health and increasing soil organic matter, coaxes a tremendous amount of edible food from every acre under production, and its effects are self-reinforcing. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization has found that, “high organic matter increases productivity and, in turn, high productivity increases organic matter.” This strategy is not only more resilient from a food security perspective, but also comes with economic benefits for the producer.

Rural Economies

What's At Stake

Most of us depend on our rural neighbors who produce the vast majority of the world’s food as well as its agriculture-based fibers and fuels. This production is happening in the face of increasing social and land use pressures that are decreasing acreage available for working lands, forcing younger generations to leave for the cities, and decreasing the economic viability of rural areas.

The Solution

When our rural communities thrive and work in harmony with nature, we all benefit. Regenerative agriculture is about landowners being stewards of an agro-ecological system where nature, their farm, and economic prosperity are managed as a whole. What is good for the health of the soil is good for the economic prospects of the land manager. According to the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service, “Healthy soil saves farmers money since…healthy soils use inputs like water and nutrients more efficiently [so] production costs are lower.”

Biodiversity

What's At Stake

Many have seen an agriculture at odds with the environment and, in response, have tried to assign economic value to biodiversity based on the benefits it provides to the systems upon which we depend. But this pits food and agricultural production against nature, when the great opportunity is to have them working in lockstep for the health of people and planet.

The Solution

Regenerative agriculture is about managing for the entire ecosystem, embracing biodiversity of land and soil. From there we see cascading benefits that redound to humans and natural allies, like pollinators and predators who provide countless benefits to humans through their interactions with both natural and working landscapes.

Health & Wellness

What's At Stake

At no other time in human history have humans lived such long, fulfilling, healthy lives. Even so, we can and must do more to ensure that every person has access to the mental and physical wellbeing that results from eating healthy food and having a connection to the land. We know from Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, that there are many benefits from connecting with nature, from boosting mental acuity and creativity to reducing obesity and depression.

The Solution

When our soil is healthy, we are healthy, and our natural systems are healthy. Regenerative agriculture improves soil health, which in turn increases the nutrient density and diversity of the food and forage grown in that soil, which then improves the health and diversity of the people and animals who eat the food and forage. Additionally, regenerative agriculture can protect our natural resources, making them available in the restorative ways we need.

Working Lands

What's At Stake

The Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that 37% of Earth’s land area is in agriculture, 70% of which is grasslands. This land contributes to the livelihoods of over 800 million people, produces the equivalent of more than 2,700 calories per person per day, and has the potential to create ecosystem benefit and climate mitigation. Unfortunately, we are losing working lands at an alarming rate. In the United States alone, American Farmland Trust estimates that 175 acres of farm and ranch land are lost every hour to sprawl and development.

The Solution

We know working lands can be managed harmoniously for nature and humans. Regenerative agriculture is both ecologically and economically beneficial, as evidenced by a recent report, Valuing the Ecosystem Service Benefits from Regenerative Agriculture Practices, from Farmland LP, Delta Institute, and Earth Economics. Keeping these lands working provides both ecological benefits for nature and economic benefits for the landowners in charge of their stewardship.

Animal Welfare

What's At Stake

Many people are concerned with where their food comes from and how it is grown or raised. Michael Pollan went so far as to recommend that every person develop their own personal food policy. Regardless of what food choices we each make, maintaining thoughtful societal norms around the treatment of the people, land, and animals that produce our food is critical.

The Solution

Regenerative agriculture emphasizes the importance of raising animals in pasture settings where they are free to eat an appropriate diet and express their natural instincts, while simultaneously contributing to the creation of healthy soils that grow high-quality, nutrient-dense forages on which animals prefer to graze. This positive feedback loop has led FoodPrint to conclude that, “raising cattle on pasture measures up to the highest levels of animal welfare practices.”

What We Need To Do

There are no silver bullet solutions for changing our practices on the ground, but we know that every change that involves humans can only begin when we are in relationship with each other and the natural world. We invite you to join TKREF and our amazing partner network in meaningful conversations that catalyze and accelerate the adoption of regenerative agriculture. As we have shared, regenerative agriculture is an inspiring, holistic solution to the myriad crises we face today.

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    Social Regeneration
    Human beings are an integral part of our planet, inextricably linked...
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  • EcoFarm Photo
    News,Resource
    10/29/2021
    EcoFarm 2022: Pre-conference Field Day -...
    Next year (January 2022) will be the 42nd annual EcoFarm Conference!
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  • Resource
    10/29/2021
    What We’re Reading - Regeneration: Ending...
    Recently a colleague shared how much she enjoyed listening to an...
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  • Opinion
    10/14/2021
    October 2021 Prescribed Burn
    As you may know, TomKat Ranch has been working closely with...
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  • News
    10/01/2021
    Swath Grazing Harding Grass
    Swath grazing is a practice where forage is cut into a...
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  • News,Resource
    09/16/2021
    SCIENCE AT TOMKAT RANCH Sept. 2021
    Last Updated: Sept 13, 2021 by Chelsea Carey, Point Blue Conservation...
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  • Article
    08/31/2021
    Travel Journal of Regenerative Agriculture in...
    Over the past month, I got the chance to visit some...
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  • Regen Ranching Data Round Up
    News,Resource
    08/31/2021
    The Regen Ranching Data Round Up
    One particular area we have been exploring lately is data interoperability—the...
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  • News
    08/31/2021
    Growing the Table - Update on...
    The pandemic has highlighted long-standing inequities in our economic, social, and...
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  • Defending Beef
    Opinion,Resource
    08/31/2021
    Defending Beef - Revised and Expanded...
    Nicolette Hahn Niman’s first edition of Defending Beef, the Ecological and...
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  • News
    07/28/2021
    Upcoming Workshop with Nicole Masters at...
    Over the last couple of years, we at TomKat Ranch have...
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  • Opinion,Resource
    07/28/2021
    What We’re Reading: Regenerating soil, regenerating...
    Many people ask our team at TomKat Ranch, “If regenerative agriculture...
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  • Emergency lights
    Resource
    07/28/2021
    Helpful Resources in Case of an...
    Extreme weather conditions can bring potential threats to life and property....
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  • TomKat Ranch Interns and Apprentices
    News
    07/20/2021
    Regenerative Ranching Apprenticeship - Join Our...
    Work with TomKat Ranch Land & Livestock Team as an apprentice...
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  • News
    07/13/2021
    Gathering for Action Anew!
    After a long break from hosting gatherings on the Ranch due...
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  • Article,Study
    06/18/2021
    Bale Grazing - Stewardship During Drought...
    When fresh grass is not available in the winter across much...
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  • Article,Resource
    06/18/2021
    Joining the Savory EOV Program and...
    We recently completed the Savory Institute’s onboarding process for the Ecological...
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  • News,Opinion
    06/17/2021
    Parting is Such Sweet... Oh, Grasshopper...
    Mel Preston, ornithologist and rangeland field ecologist with Point Blue Conservation...
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  • Photo of Wildebeest herd crossing a river in Africa by Jorge Tung.
    Opinion
    04/30/2021
    The Serengeti Symphony by Kat Taylor
    The magic of regenerative agriculture comes from how it works harmoniously...
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  • News,Resource
    04/30/2021
    Goats to the Rescue - Goatapelli...
    The research, from San Jose State University’s Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center, found...
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  • Article,Resource
    04/30/2021
    ‘No-Dig’ Gardening at TomKat Ranch
    Typically, landscaping at the ranch focuses on the care of flowers,...
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  • Lani Malmberg - Goatapelli
    Article
    04/30/2021
    An Interview with Goatapelli Foundation’s Lani...
    Fire prevention has risen in importance over the past few years....
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  • Article,Resource
    04/30/2021
    Notes from the Field: Managing Rangelands...
    As spring unfolds at TomKat and on ranches across California, we...
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  • Image of capital flow
    Resource,Study
    03/29/2021
    Transformative Investment in Climate-Smart Agriculture: Introduction...
    Increased attention and investment in agriculture is necessary and urgent....
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  • Fertility Flat Pasture before and after.
    Article,Resource
    03/29/2021
    Digging Deeper On Pasture Soils Trial:...
    We did a Q & A session with Ranch Manager Mark...
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  • Bar-C Founders
    Article
    03/26/2021
    Bar-C, the Why and How: A...
    At the peak of its local meat supply industry, California once...
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  • Catherine Perry at KPDO
    Article
    03/26/2021
    Prescribed Burns at TomKat Ranch -...
    We had a chance to sit down with Cathrine Perry, manager...
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  • Opinion
    02/26/2021
    February Newsletter Introduction by Wendy Millet...
    It is an exciting time for those of us who understand...
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  • News
    02/26/2021
    Update: Soil Health Trials at TomKat...
    For some ranchers, winter is a time to hunker down, but...
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  • Article
    02/26/2021
    Community in the Time of Covid...
    Since the middle of January, I have had the opportunity to...
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  • News,Resource
    02/26/2021
    Virtual Sunday Brunch with Growing Table...
    It was inspiring to join Kat Taylor and the team from...
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  • News
    02/25/2021
    Meet Our 2021 Apprentices - Dillon,...
    In an effort to advance the careers of aspiring regenerative agriculture...
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  • Opinion
    02/02/2021
    Kat Taylor - Gov Newsom’s Executive...
    As many readers may have already heard, Governor Gavin Newsom recently...
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  • Article
    02/02/2021
    We Help Sacramento’s Vulnerable Communities Get...
    When COVID-19 hit, TomKat Ranch shifted our LeftCoast Grassfed beef sales...
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  • Resource
    02/02/2021
    Publication - UC Berkeley, Center of...
    Redefining Value and Risk in Agriculture: Policy and Investment Solution to...
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  • Article,Resource
    02/02/2021
    Article - Greener Farming Methods Don’t...
    In the most comprehensive study to date, researchers found that greener...
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  • News
    02/02/2021
    Report - Progress At The California...
    In 2017, California launched its ambitious Healthy Soils Program (HSP) to...
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  • Nature4Climate Website
    News
    02/02/2021
    New Website - Nature4Climate
    A beautiful new website called Nature4Climate.
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  • Opinion
    12/18/2020
    December 2020 Newsletter Introduction - Growing...
    In just a blink of geologic time, humans have created technologies...
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  • News
    12/18/2020
    Conference Recap - Climate Underground 2020...
    Last month, members of our team had the opportunity to attend...
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  • Article
    12/18/2020
    Thoughts on Regenerative Fire Mitigation Part...
    When thinking about a big problem like how to manage fire-prone...
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  • News,Resource
    12/18/2020
    What's Good Meat? Find out
    For the past nine months, I’ve been part of an incredible...
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  • News,Resource
    10/30/2020
    BAR-C: Breaking the Bottleneck
    As beef harvesting goes, California lacks enough USDA certified processing facilities...
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  • Article,Resource
    10/30/2020
    Groundwork - A Pilot Virtual Summer...
    Earlier this year as COVID-19 grew from a concern into a...
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  • News
    10/30/2020
    Local Food Security: Coops, Veggies, and...
    A large part of what we do at TomKat Ranch is...
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  • Article
    10/30/2020
    Thoughts on Regenerative Fire Mitigation Part...
    Log it, graze it, or let it burn.” It seems I...
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  • Kat Taylor Forbes Features Video
    Article
    10/27/2020
    Kat Taylor - A Forbes FEATURES...
    Kat Taylor using capitalism’s toolbox to fight systemic racism, environmental destruction...
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  • News,Resource
    10/14/2020
    Rising from the ashes - Growth...
    In the field of Positive Psychology, there is an important distinction...
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  • Study
    09/30/2020
    What We're Reading - Point Blue...
    Point Blue Methane Brief and Carbon Footprint Study of White Oak...
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  • News
    09/30/2020
    Growing the Table - Shifting Demand...
    During this crisis, a number of ‘farm to family’ programs have...
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  • Stemple Creek’s Petaluma Market meat department
    Article
    09/30/2020
    Regenerative Ranching Circle NORCAL -...
    Even though the regenerative ranching community in California is small and...
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  • Article,Resource
    09/17/2020
    A Regenerative Food System Can Only...
    A Regenerative Food System Can Only Be Realized When There is...
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  • News,Resource
    09/11/2020
    CZU Lightning Complex Fire - Our...
    The swiftness and destructive power of a catastrophic wildfire is staggering.
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  • Article
    06/01/2020
    Prescribed Burning for Wildfire Prevention and...
    Prescribed burns have multiple potential benefits, including reducing catastrophic wildfire risk...
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  • News
    05/29/2020
    Breeding Birds Update by Mel Preston...
    In Pescadero (and the rest of the northern hemisphere), bird nesting...
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  • Article
    05/29/2020
    15-year program to study prescribed burning...
    As part of our Profiles in Land and Management series, this...
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  • Resource
    05/28/2020
    Point Blue Issue Brief 2019: Methane...
    The purpose of this document is to provide Point Blue staff...
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  • Resource
    05/27/2020
    Fire Management and Prescribed Burns at...
    A collaboration between CalFire and TomKat Ranch. Prescribed Burns for Public...
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  • News
    05/01/2020
    Resilience & Regenerative Ag in the...
    At TomKat Ranch, we have the immense privilege of operating as...
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  • News
    04/29/2020
    California Healthy Soils Initiative - Grant...
    Calling all California farmers and ranchers! Healthy Soils Grant Program applications...
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  • News,Resource
    04/28/2020
    Science at TomKat Ranch: An Update
    For many practitioners, regenerative agriculture is a hands-in-the-dirt affair.
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  • Elk Glade Ranch
    Article
    04/28/2020
    Elk Glade Ranch demonstrates myriad ways...
    Elk Glade Ranch demonstrates that there are myriad ways to benefit...
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  • News
    02/26/2020
    Goat Herd as Ecosystem Reclamation Tool...
    <  Back to All Why We Care By Kevin Alexander Watt As part of...
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  • News
    02/26/2020
    EcoFarm 2020
    This past January, the Ecological Farming Association (EcoFarm) held its...
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  • Resource
    02/26/2020
    SOIL: Soil Microbe Guide and Nicole...
    Water and minerals - the yin and yang of life on...
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  • Summer interns at TomKat Ranch 2020
    News
    02/12/2020
    2020 Regenerative Ranching Internship - Apply...
    We are accepting applications for TomKat Ranch Regenerative Ranching 2020 Summer...
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  • Article
    01/24/2020
    Using Regenerative Practices to Create Meaningful...
    As part of our Profiles in Land and Management series, this...
    Read More
  • News
    01/24/2020
    A Win for California Healthy School...
    The recent release of California Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed 2020-21 budget...
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  • News
    01/24/2020
    Regenerate Conference 2019
    This past November, our team was thrilled to see Mark Biaggi...
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  • News
    01/24/2020
    Dear LeftCoast GrassFed Customers
    Dear Friends and Customers, due to a renewed focus on getting...
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  • Article
    12/17/2019
    Aspiring to Regeneration - A Thank...
    Aspiring to Regeneration - A Thank You to Skeptics from our...
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  • There is a growing urgency to understand and address how the food we serve in public schools impacts the personal health of students, the performance and resilience of communities, and the well-being and sustainability of our environment.
    News
    12/17/2019
    California Food for California Kids
    There is a growing urgency to understand and address how the...
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  • Study
    12/16/2019
    Adaptive Planned Grazing Reduces Fire Fuel...
    Adaptive Planned Grazing Reduces Fire Fuel Load - Profiles in Land...
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  • Resource
    12/16/2019
    Monitoring The Multiple Benefits Of Regenerative...
    Rangelands are an essential part of the health and integrity of...
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  • Article
    12/16/2019
    The Re-Generation: An Apprentice’s Perspective on...
    I struggled to write this piece for the newsletter. Not because...
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  • Article
    12/16/2019
    Regenerative Grass-fed Beef
    Grass-fed beef is so much more than delicious! As part of...
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  • Resource
    10/29/2019
    Profiles In Land and Management -...
    As part of our Profiles in Land and Management series, this...
    Read More
  • Article
    10/29/2019
    Celebrating our Coastal Fibershed
    A day of regenerative agriculture education for food and fiber.
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  • Changes in Soil Carbon at TomKat Ranch
    Article,Study
    10/13/2019
    Changes in Soil Carbon at TomKat...
    46% of the points monitored at TomKat Ranch gained soil carbon...
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  • News
    09/30/2019
    Gathering of Women in Culinary
    Chefs play a vital role in our food systems. They are...
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  • Study
    09/30/2019
    What We’re Reading - Soil Wealth...
    In July, the Croatan Institute, Delta Institute, and Organic Agriculture Revitalization...
    Read More
  • Article
    09/30/2019
    Western Landowners Alliance Gathering
    Since its beginning, TomKat Ranch has invested in creating networks and...
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  • Resource
    09/30/2019
    Profiles In Land and Management -...
    As part of our Profiles in Land and Management series, this...
    Read More
  • Article
    08/28/2019
    Regenerative Ranching Day at TomKat Ranch
    Earlier in the month, TomKat Ranch held a Regenerative Ranching Day...
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  • Resource
    08/28/2019
    Profiles in Land and Management -...
    Profiles in Land and Management Series this month - Sieben Live...
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  • News
    07/30/2019
    Where Are They Now - Leyla...
    A question and answer session with our former intern, Leyla Curry
    Read More
  • Article
    07/30/2019
    Profiles in Land and Management -...
    This month our Profiles in Land and Management Series explores regenerative...
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  • Article
    06/28/2019
    Soil Journeys - a Soil Trials...
    Soil health journeys are like onions, they have a lot of...
    Read More
  • News
    06/28/2019
    Where Are They Now - Anna...
    A question and answer session with our former intern, Anna Brown
    Read More
  • Resource
    06/28/2019
    What We’re Reading: “Regenerative Ranching: Maximum...
    There are a lot of resources out there for those interested...
    Read More
  • Article
    06/21/2019
    Profiles in Land and Management -...
    This month we are excited to re-share our profile of Flying...
    Read More
  • Article
    05/29/2019
    Grassfed Alliance: Coming Together to Promote...
    For years, TomKat Ranch has proudly marketed our grassfed beef under...
    Read More
  • Article
    05/29/2019
    Profiles in Land and Management -...
    This month we are sharing our profile of the Grupo La...
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  • News
    05/29/2019
    Kat Taylor co-hosted a Healthy School...
    With school food at the forefront of our healthcare issues, limited...
    Read More
  • Article
    05/24/2019
    A Day in the Field with...
    Nicole Masters has been a visitor to our ranch this year....
    Read More
  • News
    04/24/2019
    Where are they now - Evan...
    A question and answer session with our former intern, Evan Watson.
    Read More
  • News
    04/24/2019
    What We're Reading - Women Ranchers...
    In January, the New York Times published a beautiful photo essay...
    Read More
  • Article
    04/24/2019
    Native Perennial Grasses Continue Expanding Across...
    As part of our regenerative management program, Point Blue Conservation Science...
    Read More
  • Article
    04/24/2019
    Profiles in Land and Management -...
    Over the last year, TomKat Ranch has traveled around the American...
    Read More
  • Article
    03/16/2019
    What We're Reading - March 2019
    Regenerative Agriculture Initiative at California State University, ChicoThis month we enjoyed...
    Read More
  • News
    03/15/2019
    EcoFarm 2019 - Recap
    Kathy Webster has been attending the EcoFarm conference for more than...
    Read More
  • News
    03/14/2019
    Equine-Assisted Learning Gathers for Action
    In January, during one of our biggest storms of the season,...
    Read More
  • Resource
    02/13/2019
    What We’re Reading - January 2019
    Draft of California 2030 Natural and Working Lands Climate Change Implementation...
    Read More
  • Resource
    02/13/2019
    What We’re Reading
    Natural climate solutions for the United States - Joe Fargione
    Read More
  • News
    02/13/2019
    Soil Up Learning Lab at Paicines...
    Recently, two of our staff joined 35 healthcare providers, soil scientists,...
    Read More
  • Article
    02/13/2019
    Sustainable Butchery Workshop
    Back in May, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Adam...
    Read More
  • News
    02/13/2019
    Cocina Familiar Update
    Living in an area of San Mateo County, rich in agriculture,...
    Read More
  • Resource
    02/13/2019
    What We're Reading - The Soil...
    Kristin’s Ohlson’s The Soil Will Save Us offers hope in the face of...
    Read More
  • Article
    02/12/2019
    Carbon Farming Workshop for RCDs
    This month TomKat Ranch had the pleasure of hosting 18 of...
    Read More
  • Resource
    02/12/2019
    What We Are Reading - Kiss...
    During my summer as a Regenerative Ranching Intern at TomKat Ranch,...
    Read More
  • Resource
    08/06/2018
    Accessing the Total Impact of TomKat...
    This document explains the methodology applied to assess the total impact...
    Read More
  • Resource
    08/05/2018
    Growing Abundant Rangelands
    A TomKat Ranch-produced guide to growing abundant rangelands and the benefits they...
    Read More
  • Resource
    08/05/2018
    California Rangeland Plant Guide
    This plant guide is a result of requests from many NRCS...
    Read More
  • Study
    06/26/2018
    Case Study - Flying Diamond Ranch
    The Johnson Family began practicing adaptive planned grazing on their ranch...
    Read More
  • Resource
    06/15/2018
    What We Are Reading - Politics...
    Rangelands are unforested and uncultivated land on which grazing is the...
    Read More
  • Study
    06/05/2018
    Fungal Inoculant Project - Update
    I am sure you have been holding your breath waiting to...
    Read More
  • Article
    03/08/2018
    Coyote Brush Control: Goats
    Over the years, we have tried many different ways of controlling...
    Read More
  • Study
    02/22/2018
    Fungal Inoculant Project
    Growing up on a ranch in Paradise Valley, MT, I never...
    Read More
  • Article
    01/18/2018
    Grazing Plan for 2018
    Each year, the Land and Livestock Team sits down with colleagues...
    Read More
  • Article
    01/11/2018
    Regenerative Talks: Photosynthesis and Organic Matter
    Through photosynthesis, it can be said that the whole world runs...
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