Webinar | Sept. 14th @ 1pm MT (GMT-6)

Green Grass in the Spring: A Cowboy's Guide to Saving the World

Interview with author Tony Malmberg discussing his new book and the decades of Holistic Management that led to its creation

About the Author - Tony Malmberg

From the time he first shimmied up the leg of a horse at age four in the Nebraska Sandhills, Tony Malmberg knew he was a cowboy. But what that meant changed through the arc of his life ranching in Nebraska, Wyoming, and Oregon.

He became a student of Holistic Management in pursuit of healthy soils on the landscape he tended near Lander, Wyoming. He soon felt its power to nurture healthy souls as well and came to understand the potential of Holistic Management to help heal a fractured world. Today, Tony ranches in eastern Oregon with his wife, Andrea, and shares his lifetime of knowledge with other land stewards throughout the American West and around the globe as a Master Field Professional with the Savory Institute.

Praise for Green Grass in the Spring

His hard-fought wisdom and keen observations are a gift to all of us and this book is true to everything I’ve known Tony to be: funny, raw, vulnerable, and real. His stark honesty helps us all reflect on ways we are often to blame for our biggest challenges. Holistic Management can unlock the potential for productivity and diversity on our land, but also living in a way where we can see and fulfill our own potential.
Cory Carman
Fourth-generation rancher; Mother
Tony Malmberg is a storyteller and a connector, a necessary link in the chain to better understand rural Western culture alongside a framework for land stewardship, which allows our ecological communities to return to states of increased resiliency and flourishing. My own experience transitioning to rural living was confusing and at times stifling, as I tried to navigate relationships on a multi-generational family operation. Through the pages, I found myself becoming more aligned with my dignity and self-worth, recognizing the tremendous value that land stewards offer. If we want intact grasslands for the next seven generations, we must work with a sense of urgency. The grasslands are home to many and how we care for them matters.
Amber Smith
program director for Women in Ranching, Western Landowners Alliance; owner of Terroir Land and Livestock
Tony’s writing released within me a synergy of growth-oriented experiences that embraced me throughout. I was mentally stimulated and engaged. I was also occasionally tearful as I was touched by an empathetic sadness or an immense joy and gratitude for the innate creativity in humanness and our existence on Earth. This book is truly about growth from soil to your soul. Embedded in the space between the beautifully crafted words is an invitation for us all to practice our lives as if all life depends upon it. Because it does and Tony proves it. Be prepared to be surprised.
Christopher Cooke
Holistic Management field professional and ecological outcome verifier, 3LM
As a next-generation land manager facing the threats of climate change, biodiversity loss, and an uncertain sociopolitical future, I look to the champions of the soil surface to help guide my decisions to help reverse these trends. Tony Malmberg is one such man, having broken through traditional cowboy paradigms to embrace his own sense of personal agency through the practice of Holistic Management. I have personally gained a deep sense of inspiration and practical wisdom from Green Grass in the Spring, with insights into Malmberg’s work restoring sage-grouse habitat in Wyoming and salmon streams in Oregon, all through the very intentional management of the grazing herbivore. My generation is looking for solutions—and here they lie in strengthening our relationships across the web of life.
Cody Spencer
bison rancher; Holistic Management practitioner
I was able to work with Tony Malmberg when I returned to ranching after spending what seemed like an inordinate amount of time in grazing and forages research. I was ready for a change. Away from small plots limited by time, yearning for an expansive landscape to influence. Tony’s story is eloquent, joy-providing, and as complete as it can be. Tony is more practiced using the Holistic Management testing questions than I am. What he is talking about is advanced beyond the scientific method I learned in middle school. Instead of trying to fix one “thing” at a time when there is more to “fix” beyond and before the “thing.” We look for the root cause, which is deeper and absolutely more critical than what is staring us in the face, in the moment. We think about all that is affected by the root cause. How far away are we from where we want to be? We do not need a prediction equation to determine how to get there. The loss of life on this planet is a serious issue. There is no formula. Science will help us identify what has gone awry. Our desire to see new, diverse life should move us away from manipulating and extracting to promoting regeneration of what will be beneficial to us all. Tony reminds us to ask, “How must we behave, what must we do to promote life—at, above, and below the ground level?” Our reward can be giving rather than taking.
Kelly Brink
rancher and student of rangeland herbivory, Deer Creek Ranch
There is an old rancher adage: "If we can just get the cows to green grass in the spring." Farmers, ranchers, ecologists, environmentalists, and others with a conservation ethos understand that HM principles are not easily understood or applied. Green Grass in the Spring provides tremendous clarity as we see through the eyes and learn from the life experiences of Tony Malmberg.
Ron Bolze
professor of rangeland management; executive director of Nebraska Grazing Lands Coalition

SEPT. 14th @ 1PM MT (GMT-6)


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