Western Canadian Holistic Conference 2014

It is hard to beleive that one week ago we were getting ready to head out early Sunday morning for Lloydminster, Alberta for the WCHM 2014!!! (must be a sign of age when time passes so quickly! lol)

The goal of the conference
and success I think!
It was such a great time meeting old friends and making new ones! We had an interesting twist on the conference this year as we have been using our social media much more and were making connections with other ranchers/farmers before we even left home! So it was neat to meet up and actually speak to them face on with out #hashtags! LOL

Some of the highlights for us were to hear Dr. Jill  Clapperton, speak on soil health. Her talk was not only informative but had us laughing (and some of us cringing) at her pictures of the organisms that live in our soil! It really is a whole world under your feet!

Dennis enjoyed to the financial break out session with Brian Luce. Dennis appreciated the fact that there was a 'human aspect' before they got into the money and numbers part! Joshua and I went to the multi-species grazing session and got our brains working on what we would like to see introduced at our place in certain areas.... so maybe in the future we will have pictures and stories of goats and possibly sheep back on our farm! We also atteneded the 'human' break out session and worked on goals. I think this was good for not only me but for Josh to see what and why we do what we do. (hearing and seeing from someone other than mom and dad...) He had to sit and think of his own future and where he sees himself -- very enlightening I am sure! For me my goal this coming year is to use our holistic tools not only on the farm but in the home too. We work hard to make our Holistic Goal as a WHOLE life goal -- both on the farm and in the home and I need to get more creative with this as we grow as a farm and family. (creativity is getting trickier as our kids are all in the teen years and nearing new stages of life (graduations, moving out, university...) which mean new ideas for us also!

Ron Moss
I enjoyed (and I know Dennis did too) the time spent as a whole conference group doing some of our activities brainstorming to help spread more education and awareness of Holistic Ag. What can we be doing as a whole to spread this needed awareness and what can we be doing as individuals too?! It was interesting to hear other peoples take on this situation and what they have been doing!  For us our big initiative is to use social media -- FB, this blog, Instagram, Twitter (all whose links are on the side of this blog!😃) This was really brought home that is is important when the FARM ON! speaker was up and sharing that this is exactly what they want us to do!!! If you have not had the opportunity to visit this page then I suggest you do it! It is filled with lots of good articles, photos and stories!!! Start sharing your farming experience and FARM ON!!! (dont forget to hashtag pictures too!)

Overall, we had a wonderful time with everyone and left with a plethora of information! We are already excited for next years conference! If you were at the conference, we would love to hear your experience at it! And if you are using social media then please share that too with us! We love connecting with fellow ranchers and farmers!
Lots of great donations for the
silent auction!

Cofee time -- which means
coffee and chats!

28 kids registered! So they sang grace on
 Monday night for the banquet!

Listening to Robert Rutherford at the end of the conference
speak abouta the good news of Holistic Managers and
waht is happening in his corner of the farming world!

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