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Putting Your Grazing Jigsaw Puzzle Together

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The holiday season is traditionally a time when my Mom and I do jigsaw puzzles together, and this year, it’s extended into January. We’ve done some old ones, some new ones, and exchanged some with a friend up the street from my folks’ house too. And that’s how we found our favorite kind. They’re made by InGooood and we like the quality pieces that lock together, and a special feature we’d not seen before. The pieces have letters on the back that identify which section they belong in. That means we can separate the pieces into groups. I take half home and Mom keeps half. Then we get together with our parts to put the whole thing together. It’s been a lot of fun for us.*

What does this have to do with grazing?

Yesterday I was putting my half of a puzzle together and I got to thinking about you – as I often do. I was thinking how we can see all the different parts of an ecosystem – soil, plants, animals, climate and people – but not really know how each part locks into the others.

“Wouldn’t it be great, if we could just flip the pieces over, look at the letters, and use that to figure out how everything fits?”

It’s also a lot easier when we do jigsaw puzzles or problem solving together. We see things in different ways and can help each other by sharing what we see.

It makes sense that jigsaw puzzles and helping graziers would combine in my mind. Because that’s what On Pasture is all about – trying to put the letters on the backs of the different parts of what a grazier works with to create success. And that’s why I bring in graziers and researchers to share their experience and knowledge. It’s all part of creating a sustainable future for all of us.

Now, here’s where you come in!

There are over 2,700 articles in the On Pasture archives helping you put together the puzzle pieces of good grazing. But that’s a lot to look through. So I’m working on adjusting the weekly publishing schedule to give me time to gather collections of articles into ebooks that you can download and read without having to search the site. Your input on that is very valuable, so head over here and tell me what you think!

One example of what I’m doing is the Grazing 101 ebook and course I’m working on with the National Grazing Lands Coalition and Yvette Gibson. (The free ebook and course will be available this spring, and if you’d like to be notified when they’re available, add your name to our list._

There are all kinds of ebooks I can make for you, but it would be very helpful to have your input so I choose correctly. So tell me. What do you want? What would be most useful to you? You can send me an email, or drop me a note in the comments below.

Thanks for your help and thanks for reading. Be safe out there!

Kathy

* My parents are 84 and 86, and we’ve formed our own safety pod through the pandemic. My husband and I don’t go anywhere except the grocery store so we can be safe, we can shop for them, and we can see each other once a week. I’m so happy they’re getting their first vaccine this Friday!

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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.

2 Comments

  1. Shawna Hartshorn says:

    I appreciated your tribute to Chip Hines. He was a good man. I met him at a workshop and we stayed in touch. He will be missed.

  2. Emily Macdonald says:

    I’m glad your parents are getting vaccinated soon! My elderly parents ( in CT) are getting vaccinations in February.
    Good news!

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