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Open Gate Learning Series: Ortensi Farm Day

Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 9:00am to 4:30pm

Ortensi Farm, 741 Chyle Rd., Richfield Springs, NY 13439

Ortensi Farm Day is part of HMI's Open Gate Learning Series. Open Gates are peer-to-peer action-based learning days with short presentations and small group exercises geared for participants to share discoveries and management techniques with guidance from experienced facilitators and producers.

Holistic Management works with nature, not against it. We will discuss planet and animal-friendly management techniques that lead to richer soil, improved water containment, nutrient-dense food, more successful farms and ranches, and thriving communities.

At the Ortensi Farm Day, you will...

  • Learn how the Ortensi Family evaluates the performance of grazing enterprises through Holistic Management on their 500-acre farm in the beautiful hills of Herkimer and Ostego Counties in central New York
  • Discover how others are using this process with a panel of 4 Holistic Management trainers
  • Enjoy a nutritious lunch and the companionship of old and new friends
  • Try your hand at Enterprise analysis
  • Learn how to get connected with payment programs and loans for your farm from the Farm Service Agency
  • Learn how Holistic Management enables producers to better manage risk, make better decisions and enjoy the benefits of regenerative agriculture

Lunch (included in price) will be by the excellent chefs at Celebrate Origins Cafe, well-known for locally sourced foods cooked to perfection. The menu includes beef chili, sweet potato black bean chili, corn bread and kale salad.


  • Advanced registration is $25 per person (includes lunch).  
  • On-line registration closes Nov 3, 2017
  • Walk in registration is $35 per person, if available
  • Register soon, as we have limited space available

This is a rain or shine event.  We will be spending parts of the day out on the land, and boots or other enclosed protective footwear, as well as long pants, are recommended. Please bring your own water bottle.

Come and be a part of this on-the-ground learning day, connect with others who care about a healthy food system and help strengthen your local communities. Because we ALL have a stake in the way our food is grown. 

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