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Sacred Cows

  • Whitman College Hunter Conservatory 304 Boyer Avenue Walla Walla, WA 99362 United States (map)

What’s one big way we can improve soil health, maintain healthy rivers, and combat climate change? Maybe with cows.

In a 2013 TEDTalk, biologist Allan Savory brought this idea to the mainstream and thousands of ranchers around the world now follow the practices he recommends. Known as holistic pasture management, he promotes managing grazing to emulate the ecological role of animals that evolved in the world’s grasslands.

Andrea and Tony Malmberg have been practicing holistic pasture management on their rangeland in Elgin, Oregon for five years. Andrea is also the former Director of Research and Knowledge Management of the Savory Institute. In that time, they have seen dramatic improvements in soil health, weed control, wildlife habitat, and the land’s carrying capacity resulting from their cattle and pasture management.

Cheryl Williams-Cosner and Robert Cosner have also used Savory’s land and cattle management principles on their Weston, Oregon property to make it thrive. These two families will join us on Saturday, July 8 to help us understand the techniques and benefits of holistic pasture management.

Our 2015 film festival featured “Soil Carbon Cowboys.” We’re thrilled to see these ideas put to work in our own backyard!

Join us as the Malmbergs and Cosners discuss holistic management on their land and share how it has benefited their land and our environment.

Here’s the program for Saturday, July 8:
10:00 am – Ruth Kimball Theater, Hunter Conservatory, Whitman College

  • Meet Andrea and Tony Malmberg.
  • See the short film “Soil Carbon Cowboys.” We featured it in our 2015 Wild & Scenic Film Festival.
  • See Allan Savory’s short TEDTalk on holistic pasture management.

111:30 am – Travel to Yantis Park in Milton-Freewater for a short lunch.
Carpooling will be available. Bring your lunch or grab it on the way, then come on over to Yantis Park for a picnic.

12:15 – Travel to the Costner ranch in Weston.
After your picnic lunch, we'll go to Cheryl and Robert's ranch to discuss how they manage their pastures to benefit both their livestock and their land.

2:00 pm – Return to Walla Walla.


This will be an incredibly interesting day and we hope you will join us at it.

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