It’s that time of year, when we report back to you what the On Pasture community has accomplished together. This year that includes a total of 400 new articles: 50 Scoops, 50 Classics by NatGLC, 50 Funnies and 250 articles on grazing management, pasture health, livestock, money matters and some new things to consider. Readership has grown to a solid 100,000 folks stopping by every month, and you’ve told us that what you read here has helped you make positive changes to your operations. And every week, more and more people share their good ideas and questions in the comments section.
This is what we always hoped for. We always dreamed of a community of farmers, ranchers, land managers, extension professionals and scientists all working and learning together. And thanks to all of you, it’s happening.
It’s happening because of a Conservation Innovation Grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service. And that’s happening thanks to all of you who sent in support to help meet our $15,000 match.
It’s also happening thanks to On Pasture Sponsors and Advertisers
These organizations and companies are a key part of the online magazine funding puzzle, covering expenses like:
• the dedicated website we moved to this year because our reader traffic was swamping our old server;
• the weekly email that tells almost 10,500 people “Hey! New articles are up!”
• the plug-ins and services that let us run a community event calendar, and maintain a secure website
We couldn’t do it without them, so here they are. Please join us in thanking and supporting them!
National Grazing Lands Coalition – Thanks for making the Classic possible so that we can share past articles with all our new readers!
Hand ‘n Hand Livestock Solutions – Richard McConnell and Tina Williams, livestock handling and marketing experts, have been with us almost since day one. You rock!
Organic Valley – They were once a start-up based on a crazy idea, just like On Pasture. So they’ve kicked in to make our crazy idea work for year’s to come. Thank you!
Shade Haven – Talk about outside the box ideas – these folks have a great one! They are the creators of a movable shade umbrella that takes rotational grazing to the next level. Check it out!
Green Pastures Farm – Owned and operated by Greg and Jan Judy, Green Pastures Farm is a tremendous example of innovative grazing and business management. The Judys share their secrets of success every year at a spring grazing school, and in On Pasture articles. We so glad they’re part of our community!
Bell Rule Genetics – One of our newest sponsors, they’ve been appearing in the right side bar sharing information about their grassfed genetics. Dean has been great to work with and we really appreciate their support!
Also new to sponsorship this year are Rent-a-Ruminant and Goats on the Go. Tammy Dunakin of Rent-a-Ruminant has been managing goats for prescribed grazing for many years and is now sharing her expertise through nationwide franchise opportunities and training to help like-minded folks get started. Goats on the Go is a family business offering another avenue for getting into this growing industry with a focus on specific areas of the country. You can see articles by Tammy here, and by Aaron Steele here.
Smith Seeds and Kings Agriseeds have been supporting On Pasture with advertising, as sponsors, and with articles. Genevieve Slocum of Kings Agriseeds has been a great resource for everything our readers need to know about pasture forages. You’ve helped our community grow!
And last, but not least, Shannon Hayes! Shannon donates some of her books, The Grassfed Gourmet and Long Way on a Little, as gifts to folks contributing to On Pasture. She does so much for so many! We really think you should stop by the family cafe, have a cup of coffee and a meal and tell her thanks!
Here’s to 2018!
We’ve got some surprises and more great information in store for you in the coming year. Stick with us and we’ll all grow together!
Thank you for all you do!
Kathy and Rachel