Resources

Learn - Build - Share

Thank you and congratulations on getting here! It is as much a journey to feed one's curiosity by building awareness of enlightened endeavors of others, and join the thinking community on land health, as it is to be a real live steward of a working landscape. This website touches the surface, as a stone skips across a stream, with curtain pages on History, Holistic Ranching, etc., and expands a bit through menu pages, "LEARN MORE" buttons, on the hope that it starts you on a similar journey.

We expect the Elster Ranch website will become a resource of its own, through encouraged sharing, expanding over time, from our own experiences and those of our supporters.

Please review the reference material for books that have inspired this ranch's work, periodicals that keep us current, and a wonderful list of resource links on working lands, health and nutrition, land ethic - conservation, community and historic resources.

They will challenge and excite, starting with the prose poetry of Aldo Leopold's famous book of essays, "A Sand County Almanac", the Leopold inspired field work of Point Blue's Working Lands Program, the efforts of the Nevada and Placer County Farm Advisor, a host of community organizations, and many private land owners who in their way are building a Land Ethic.

References

BOOKS

Cows Save the Planet, Judith C. Schwartz
Defending Beef: the Case for Sustainable Meat Production, Nicolette Hahn Niman
Grass, Soil, Hope, a Journey through Carbon Country, Courtney White
Grass: the Forgiveness of Nature, Charles Walters
Holistic Management, Allan Savory with Jody Butterfield
Water for Every Farm: Yeomans Keyline Plan, Ken B. Yeomans

PERIODICALS

The Stockman GrassFarmer
www.stockmangrassfarmer.com

Acres USA – The Voice of Eco-Agriculture
www.acresusa.com

RESOURCE LINKS

Working Lands

Point Blue – Conservation Science for a Healthy Planet
www.pointblue.org

Holistic Management International – Educate People to Manage Lands for a Sustainable Future
www.holisticmanagement.org

Keyline Designs– Principles, Techniques, and Systems to Enhance and Regenerate Landscapes
www.keyline.com.au

Nevada County Resource Conservation District – Partner in Conservation and Agriculture
www.ncrcd.org

Quivera Coalition – Building Resilience in Western Landscapes
quiviracoalition.org

Regrarians – Regenerating, Rekindling and Rebooting Production Landscapes
www.regrarians.org

Savory Institute – Innovative Tools and Awareness for Enduring Life of the Land
savory.global/institute

The Grassfed Exchange – Exchanging Knowledge on Regenerative Agriculture
www.grassfedexchange.com

UC Cooperative Extension – Help Communities Benefit from Scientific Advances in Agriculture
ceplacer.ucanr.edu

USDA – NRCS, Soil Biology and Land Management
www.nrcs.usda.gov

UCCE – Foothill Farming
ucanr.edu/sites/placernevadasmallfarms

Web Soil Survey
websoilsurvey.nrcs.usda.gov/app

Health and Nutrition

Authority Nutrition – An Evidence Based Approach
authoritynutrition.com

Eat Wild – Getting Wild Nutrition from Modern Food
eatwild.com

Nevada City Farmers Market
www.ncfarmersmarket.org

NIH – Red and Processed Meat and Risk of Heart Disease, Stroke, and Diabetes
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Sierra Harvest
www.sierraharvest.org

Three Forks Bakery – Serving Elster Ranch Pastured Products
www.threeforksnc.com

Weston Price Foundation – Nutrition Education
www.westonaprice.org

Land Ethic – Conservation

Aldo Leopold Foundation – Land Ethic, an Enduring Idea
www.aldoleopold.org

Bear Yuba Land Trust – Save Land, Build Trails, Encounter Nature
www.bylt.org

California Rangeland Trust – Stewardship for Future Generations
www.rangelandtrust.org

TomKat Ranch Education Foundation – Partnering for rangeland Conservation
www.tomkatranch.org

Community

Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce
grassvalleychamber.com

KVMR – Music of the World, Voice of the Community
www.kvmr.org

Nevada City Chamber of Commerce
www.nevadacitychamber.com

Nevada County Fairgrounds
nevadacountyfair.com

The Center for the Arts
thecenterforthearts.org

Historic

Doris Foley Library for Historical Research
www.mynevadacounty.com/nc/library

Empire Mine
www.empiremine.org

Nevada County Historical Society
www.nevadacountyhistory.org

North Star Mine
www.nevadacountyhistory.org/mining-museum

St. Joseph’s Cultural Center
www.saintjosephsculturalcenter.org

Who Are These People?

Aldo Leopold
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aldo_Leopold

Allan Savory
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allan_Savory

D. H. Lawrence
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._H._Lawrence

Gretel Ehrlich
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gretel_Ehrlich

Wendell Berry
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wendell_Berry