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Kenyon: The job interview

From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

GPR: Good Morning. Welcome to Greener Pastures Ranching. Thanks for taking the time to come in for this interview. AMF: Good morning. I was so excited to get your call. I’m sure you had a lot of resumés and a lot of great candidates apply for this job. GPR: We have multiple positions available so […] Read more

Sometimes it’s easier to talk with a coach when the going gets tough. Do you have a person in your life that you can turn to?

Riding the dragon

From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

That sounds tough. All fire and brimstone, a knight in shining armour riding a beast into battle to rescue the princess. You can’t get more manly than that, right? I am that tough guy and I am proud to say that I have ridden “the dragon” many times. Let me explain. I grew up with […] Read more


Regeneratively grazing recycles nutrients to the soil.

It ain’t pretty

From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

You may have heard me say this before. A monoculture is ugly, no matter how pretty it looks. This constant drive to manage monoculture cropping has us in a downward spiral of dead soils and added inputs. It is costing us dearly. Nature rarely relies on only one species in an environment. Even a hay […] Read more

When you have a lot of standing water on land you can bet you’ll have a lot of mosquitoes, and it’s hard to find a better control for these blood-sucking pests than the dragonfly.

Building biodiversity on agricultural lands

From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

Nature works in whole systems. There are millions of symbiotic relationships that coexist in a single ecosystem. Yet every ecosystem also interacts and relies on the other ecosystems around it. The aquatic ecosystem has a dynamic interaction with the riparian area ecosystem which interacts with the uplands ecosystem which relates to the woodland ecosystem. We […] Read more


Winter water for livestock

Winter water for livestock

From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

We have our fair share of drastic weather here in Alberta. In our environment, we can have temperature swings of about 85 C between winter and summer. I have seen a 45-degree shift in a single day. It went from 10 C and dropped to -35 C overnight. These temperature swings are a lot harder […] Read more

“The more you know, the more you know you don’t know.” – Aristotle.

Mind-blowing moments

From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

I have been asked numerous times, “Where did you get your education from?” My response is always, “Academia does not have a monopoly on knowledge.” Just to clear the air, I do not have a university degree, but here I am, teaching about agriculture. My working knowledge on regenerative agriculture has come from the hundreds […] Read more


Farmers are the quintessential ‘jack of all trades,’ but continually adding more to your plate can create chaos if it becomes too much to manage.

Mental capacity

From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

Are you a “glass half-full” or “half-empty” kind of person? Or maybe your cup runneth over like me? That is me if you were to look inside my mind. It is always overflowing. I only have so much mental capacity. I think we all do to a point. My mind can only hold so much […] Read more

Steve Kenyon has five principles he follows that make up his regenerative grazing strategy.

Regenerating grain land

From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

I am not a grain farmer, and as many of you know, I do not like monocultures. I also don’t like tillage, or the use of synthetic fertilizer, or the overuse of chemicals. Some say that I am against grain farming. I would like to set the record straight. Our mission statement at Greener Pastures […] Read more


My Suzuki Sidekick is a very economical vehicle to operate and to repair.

A pickup man

From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

In our small world of regenerative agriculture, I have heard quotes at conferences many times that encourage producers to own as little equipment as possible. Put your hand up if you recognize any of these. “Don’t own anything that rusts.” “You shouldn’t own anything bigger than a wheelbarrow.” “Get rid of the iron.” I understand […] Read more

Livin’ on the edge

Livin’ on the edge

From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

I like to live right on the edge. That is where all of the excitement is! There is great risk, but also great rewards. I’ve done some pretty crazy things in my life — from sky diving to bull riding — and I love the rush. The edge is a great place to live. Oh […] Read more