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Economically Viable Management Tools to Improve Land Health

Please join Sustainable Agriculture Specialists, Colin Mitchell and Kara Kroeger, for an introductory webinar on tools you can use to improve ecosystem function on your land. This will be the first of a series of workshops and webinars designed specifically to help landowners in the Edwards Aquifer Protection Program manage their land in a regenerative way. Focus will be placed on how these management tools can foster economic viability regardless of whether you are an ag. producer or using your land for recreational enjoyment. Colin and Kara will introduce themselves and broadly cover the following topics, which will be covered in more detail at future workshops:

• Soil health principles
• Soil and Water infiltration testing
• Erosion mitigation and restoration
• Adaptive grazing management
• Pasture cropping
• Cedar clearing remediation
• Tree planting and native seeding

Kara Kroeger is a Sustainable Agriculture Specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology in San Antonio, Texas. Kara earned a bachelor’s in general agriculture at Texas State University in 2018. With a background in in grass-fed beef production, she is knowledgeable in the use of regenerative management tools to improve pasture health and productivity. Her work includes developing and managing the NCAT Soil for Water initiative, which aims to create a critical mass of landowners who are applying regenerative agricultural practices. Additionally, Kara became a Certified Herbalist at the Rocky Mountain Center of Botanical Studies in 1999, a Certified Nutritionist at the American Health Science University in 2003, and started training as a chef in 2009 with renowned chef Jesse Griffiths of Dai Due. She has owned Foundation Culinary, a nutritional consulting/private chef business since 2009.

Colin received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin in Government with a minor in Geography and the Environment. He is a Texas Hill Country native hailing from Boerne, TX. Colin received formal sustainable agriculture training during his 9 month project management internship at the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia and is a PRI certified permaculture designer. After completing his internship, Colin went on to work on and manage sustainable agriculture and development projects in Central Texas and in the western United States. His passions and interests include intensive livestock grazing, agroforestry, perennial polyculture food systems, soil health and conservation, agricultural methods of carbon sequestration, utilizing landscape earthworks to increase water availability, intensive annual crop production and more.