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 my partner and his cattle company.

I am interested in soil, scale, psyche, sovereignty, and resource security. Most of my professional work revolves around restoring the bloodflow to dis-integrated systems—I spend about 2/3rds of my time planning and practicing grazing with cattle, dogs, horses, and people. My remaining work time is dedicated to the puzzle of how to reconcile human wants & needs with ecological restoration. To that ends, I work with Fibershed, the Rancher to Rancher project, and maintain an independent consultancy to help landbases develop harmonious personnel and grazing systems.

(Updated 10.26.2018)

Written Work

"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 to the role of young agrarians in land stewardship, animals in ecosystems, 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 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