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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 1B 00000000!iii!iiii!00iliiii!i!iiiiiiii!00 REGI()' QPt] Native people of the Sizinda village in South Africa walk near a river that now runs year-round again, thanks to holistic management. Sizinda villagers share work in the community garden. bbey Smith drove with her daughter to Chico on the day Nelson Mandela, Nobel Peace Prize winner and former president of South Africa, died. It was Dec. 5, 2013, about seven years after she spent two months living on holistical]y managed ranches in South Africa. As she listened to news clip after news clip about Mandela's passing, she had an overwhelming sense that she was going back to Africa. Less than a year later, she did. "Savory hubs" provide a global network through which entrepreneurs offer holistic management training and learning center development to their region of the world. Smith and her husband, Spencer, learned about them at a conference in Chico, hosted by the Savory Institute. The Smiths applied to the Savory Hub Program with the goal of serving Northern California and the Western Great Basin with a holistic management learning center. One of 90 applications from 25 countries throughout the world, theirs was accepted. Like their peers in the hub network, they want to regenerate land through holistic management. They want to see rural communities and families flourish. The Smiths now have two learning centers: the Springs Ranch in Fort Bidwell and the Guidici Ranch in Oroville. Their partner, Dr. Cyndi Daley of Chico State University, owns Guidici Ranch. The Smiths will manage the Springs Ranch with Spencer's parents. In order to become an accredited Savory hub, applicants are required to attend a "boot camp" at the Africa Centre for Holistic Management --in Zimbabwe. This summer, the couple spent three weeks in London at a Savory hub gathering and the Savory Institute International Conference. The Smiths spend time with Allan Savory, founder and president of the Savory Institute. Savory hubs are holistic management learning centers that exist throughout the world. Abbey and SPencer Smith enjoy a trip to Zimbabwe, Africa, to learn about Savory hubs. Photos submitted Then, they spent three weeks in Zimbabwe learning how to manage and operate a Savory hub. They learned how to read the land on barefoot bush walks led by Allan Savory, founder and president of SI. They learned about the complexity of managing natural systems, and braaied (barbecued) out in the bush under a full moon. They wrote business plans, observed grazing plans and toured the Sizinda village where they saw a river rtin year-round again, thanks to holistic management. The Smiths learned how to operate a hub from the leaders of an original hub -- the ACHM. The ACHM was the winner of the 2010 Buckminster Fuller award for an organization working to solve the world's most pressing problems. The hub serving Northern California and the Western Great Basin is called the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management. The hub's first event will be held at Chico State Feb: 27 - March 1, 2015. This will be a producer-focused conference and workshop called "Grazing for Change." The Jefferson Center will offer a series of regional workshops and on-site trainings throhghout the year. Abbey Smith grew up in Indian Valley and graduated from Greenville High School in 1999. She now lives in Reno with her family, but will relocate to Fort BidweU next year to manage their hub. Abbey Smith makes new friends in South Africa while learning about Savory hubs.