Plan to be in Holyoke, CO, on February 12 & 13, 2015, for an exciting, informative and motivational event with Gabe Brown and Ray Archuleta. “The Farming Evolution 2015″ will be held at the Event Center on the fairgrounds in Holyoke, CO. Thursday’s program will focus on farming while Friday will look at the ranching operation. Registration is $19 for one day or $25 for both days. Lunch, handout materials and a social Thursday afternoon are included. Registration increases $6 after February 4. Gabe and his family are on the leading edge of unconventional farming and ranching ideas. Gabe and his family own and operate a diversified 5,000-acre farm and ranch near Bismarck, ND. When the Browns purchased their ranch in 1991 it had a carrying capacity of 100 cow/calf pairs. The degraded soils had organic matter levels less than 2%. The rainfall infiltration rates were less than 1/2″ per hour. Today the ranch carries 350 cow/calf pairs along with 400 to 800 yearlings. The organic matter is now over 6% and infiltration rates are 8” per hour! Ray is a Conservation Agronomist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service. His infectious enthusiasm for soil is inspiring agricultural producers around the nation. Soil is more than a system to support plants physically. A healthy soil has a balance of nutrients (fuel) and an intricate biological network. Ray will help you decide if your “Soil Engine” has the fuel to fire on all eight cylinders. He will open each day with a soil stability test comparing soil from different tillage or grazing histories.