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By Tony McQuail

(During his information talk in July, Noel McNaughton described ecological farmers as having the right approach, but lacking a comprehensive framework with which to make decisions. Read the article below to see if Holistic Resource Management is something that your operation, and you personally, could benefit from.)

Plans are underway for a Holistic Resource Management Workshop in the winter of 1995. It will total 9 days of instruction of 3 consecutive days each January 19, 20, 21, February 16, 17, 18, and March 9, 10, 11. The concept of HRM is to get everyone involved with the farm to define their goals and then together figure out how they will achieve them using the resources they have available. The course cost will be on a farm basis with up to 5 participants per farm.

The first session will cover the HRM management principles, communication and goal setting. The second will cover financial management, generating wealth and evaluating decisions. The third will include biological planning, the impact on the ecosystem and guidelines for testing plans. The sessions will involve a lot of interaction with the presenters and workable plans for the participants farms will be developed. Participants will receive Allan Savory's HRM text, workbook and course notes.

We have received funding support from the Ontario Agricultural Training Institute (OATI) and are able to offer the 9 days for $485(incl. GST) per farm. Trained HRM presenters Noel McNaughton, Don Campbell and Randee and Don Halladay will be running the sessions. Enrollment will be limited to 15 farms and we need a minimum of 10 farms to run the course. To register or for more information contact Tony McQuail, (519) 528-2493, RR # 1, Lucknow, Ont., N0G 2H0. Enrollment will be on a first come basis so call now to ensure space for your farm.

Copyright 1994 Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

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