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When Rachel Met Kathy

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Kathy Voth's teaching aids.

Kathy Voth’s teaching aids.

The day I met Kathy, she threw candy at me. She was giving a talk at the Grasstravaganza in Binghamton, NY, and she threw candy at all of us, really. There she was weaving this amazing story, explaining the hows and whys behind getting livestock to eat weeds, and we got treats. And what she was saying made sense. It was like a miracle of an educational experience.

Somehow, I got lucky enough to write a funded proposal that brought Kathy back to the northeast, and she taught Vermont farmers that weeds can be forage too, and how their livestock could eat weeds. Along the way, she gave more presentations, and sometimes she handed out bugs to her eager audience. They turned out to be sort of tasty too. The bugs, that is. The presentations were always a blast, as one listener explained “a paradigm shift”.

After a round or two of trips to the northeast, Kathy brought up the idea of an online grazing magazine. We could translate research into useful information! It could be in actual English, and it could make sense! It could be accessible to anyone with internet access. I was in! We’ll call it….On Pasture!

Over the years, Kathy’s given me candy and deep fried bugs, and friendship. Working with her to bring you On Pasture is a blast every day. Thank you, Kathy, for everything.

And thank YOU for reading On Pasture!


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About the author

Author and editor emeritus

Rachel's interest in sustainable agriculture and grazing has deep roots in the soil. She's been following that passion around the world, working on an ancient Nabatean farm in the Negev, and with farmers in West Africa's Niger. After returning to the US, Rachel received her M.S. and Ph.D. in agronomy and soil science from the University of Maryland. For her doctoral research, Rachel spent 3 years working with Maryland dairy farmers using management intensive grazing. She then began her work with grass farmers, a source of joy and a journey of discovery.

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