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Dear On Pasture Friends,

I was inspired to create On Pasture by a very uninspiring speech. A scientist was describing the results of his research to a room full of graziers and though what he’d learned was something very helpful to them, his scientific explanations were not reaching them.

It was a problem I’d seen over and over again. Scientists and graziers speak different languages, so some really beneficial practices weren’t being adopted. I decided I needed to do something about that. So, On Pasture was born.

Almost every week for the last nine and a half years, On Pasture has translated science and experience into practices graziers can use. We’ve also done some myth-busting from time to time. Is keyline plowing a helpful practice? Does raw milk and compost tea really grow more grass? Can grazing really sequester more carbon in the soil? What about soil balancing and brix measurement? These are just a few of the practices we’ve covered with an eye towards helping you keep more money in your pocket.

Thanks to Rachel Gilker (on the left) who was my business partner from 2013 – 2018.

It turns out the concept was very popular. Friends, researchers and graziers pitched in to help, providing explanations, articles, and information. Readers and organizations provided funding to keep it going. At it’s peak, 120,000 readers a month from all across the globe were stopping by. I’ve gotten emails from readers in the U.K. New Zealand, Australia, France, Norway, Germany, Nigeria (not a prince either!), Kenya, Russia, and even Mongolia to name just a few.

There are now over 2,500 articles in the On Pasture library. It’s a great resource for graziers and one that I’d like to make available for the long-term. So it can live on after my retirement, I’ve turned it into this free online library. I’ll maintain it as long as folks who value it can help me cover costs. You can pitch in here.

Though I’m retiring from the weekly grind, I don’t think I can turn off a nine year habit over night. There are still some things I’d like to write, and some article collections that should become ebooks. So check back from time to time to see what’s new. Or sign up for the weekly email. Or, sign up for the weekly emails with links to a timely collection of articles from the library, or something brand new. Click here to subscribe.

Thank you to all of you for your kindness, your wisdom, and your support. And most of all…

Thanks for reading!


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Kathy Voth
Kathy Voth
I am the founder, editor and publisher of On Pasture, now retired. My career spanned 40 years of finding creative solutions to problems, and sharing ideas with people that encouraged them to work together and try new things. From figuring out how to teach livestock to eat weeds, to teaching range management to high schoolers, outdoor ed graduation camping trips with fifty 6th graders at a time, building firebreaks with a 130-goat herd, developing the signs and interpretation for the Storm King Fourteen Memorial trail, receiving the Conservation Service Award for my work building the 150-mile mountain bike trail from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah...well, the list is long so I'll stop with, I've had a great time and I'm very grateful.

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