Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm Ariel. I grew up unschooled in the rural wilds of North Carolina and began farming at 16. In college, I studied agroecology and psychology while working with community gardens and private farms. 

I managed livestock in Northern California for 4 1/2 years, primarily at Pepperwood Preserve and Freestone Ranch in the North Bay region, and am now working in the intermountain west with Triangle P Cattle Company and as co-owner of Grass Nomads LLC, a grazing and consulting company. I also serve as founding board member & treasure for Contra Viento Journal, a new art & literature journal about rangelands.

My work is seasonal; summer 2019 I am managing a few thousand yearlings across two ranches with my partner. The rest of the time I am living and grazing in New Mexico and consult individuals, organizations, developments, and ranches on the West Coast.

Written Work

A Celebration of Creative Complexity : Minding Nature

The Hard Soft Skills of Regenerative Ranching : Center for Humans and Nature

"Eat Less Meat" Ignores the Role of Animals in the Ecosystem : Civil Eats

Transhumance: A Revival of Grassland Culture : Fibershed

Print & Online Publications

Ariel Greenwood: Holistic Grazier

Wylder Goods feature

Betting On Herbivores : Made Local Magazine by Leilani Clark

Podcasts & Audio

Down to Earth: The Planet to Plate podcast for Quivira Coalition

Bioneers Radio

Mrs. Green's World

Eco Farm 2017 panel with Doniga Markegard

Radio Ecoshock

The Sustainable Growing Radio Show




photo by Kimberley Hasselbrink

Speaking engagements & contact
I’m sometimes asked to speak about grazing, land, people, young agrarians in agriculture, first generation ranching, regenerative agriculture, and so on.

If you would like to get in touch with me for such an occasion, or just to connect, I can be reached at ariel.e.greenwood (at) 


The Breakthrough Dialogue : June 19 - 21 in Sausalito, California

Raising Meat: A New Food Economy Summit : April 1 at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas

The Grassfed Exchange : April 4 - 5, 2019 in Santa Rosa, California


Holistic Management Canada : February 1 - 3 in Russell, Manitoba

The Northern California Permaculture Convergence : September 21 in Hopland, California

Support Fiber Farmers: Sound the Alarm on Biotech Fabrics : September 17 in Oakland, California

The Society for Range Management conference : February 2018 in Sparks, Nevada

Alternatives in Agriculture, UC Davis : January 2018 in Davis, California

The North American Rewilding Conference : October 2017 in Portland, Oregon

Foundations and the Future symposium : September 2017 in Sebastopol, California

EcoFarm Conference : January 2017 in Pacific Grove, California

Bioneers : October, 2016 in San Rafael, California

SOCAP : September 14, 2016 in San Francisco, California

The Gravenstein Apple Festival : August 14, 2016 Sebastopol California

The Sustainable Enterprise Conference : April 7th, 2016 in Rohnert Park, California. (video)

The Farmer's Guild Fundraiser : September 20th, 2015 in Healdsburg, California

Carbon Farming Tour with Fibershed : September 18th, 2015 in Valley Ford, California

Carbon Farming Tour with Fibershed  : May 1st, 2015 in Valley Ford, California

Raleigh City Farm bEARTHday Festival : April 17th 2015 in Raleigh, NC