Our Story

Common Pastures’ mission is to expand opportunities and to enhance the quality of life for farmers and their families based on the concept of farmers helping farmers and cooperatives helping cooperatives.

WHAT WE DO

Who WE ARE

Common Pastures is devoted to the art and science of integrating grazing animals, trees, shrubs, crops, and pasture. We provide education, information, and training on integrating livestock with sustainable farming practices.

COOPERATIVES

COOPERATIVES

Cooperatives are businesses owned and run by and for their members. Working together help individuals overcome many of the difficulties faced in low resource communities.

METHODS

METHODS

We support a holistic management system that combines humane livestock protocols with healthy, diverse, productive and sustainable land use practices.

CHALLENGE

CHALLENGE

Globally, reclining soil fertility, extreme climatic conditions, and the high costs of farm inputs are persistent challenges to Attaining food security.

SUSTAINABLE
GRAZING

SUSTAINABLE
GRAZING

Sustainable grazing integrated with cropland and browse management is one of the most widely adopted and successful strategies being used by smallholder farmers today.

COLLABORATORS

COLLABORATORS

Our Collaborators Include Shepherd Song Farm, LLC (U.S.), Gamou Farms (Mali), New Mexico State University Las Cruces, and the University of Ségou, Mali.

OUR FUNDING

OUR FUNDING

Our Funding: Common Pastures is a Browse & Grass Growers Cooperative project. We are funded through USAID Farmer-to-Farmer Special Program Support Project grants, private donations and diverse volunteers.

Dogon Country, Mali

Dogon people of Mali: Part 1

The Dogon are a people of Mali, West Africa. Today, their total population in Mali is estimated at 700,000. They occupy the area, named Dogon Country, which stretches from the Cliff of Bandiagara to the... Read More »

Goat tape measure

Estimating the weight of your goat

You can easily estimate the weight of your goat for proper medication dosage and sales. Simply use a tape measure and the chart below to convert the measurement into weight.

A Malian woman brings vegetables to lunch

Women carry an important load

In Mali, women can commonly be found carrying large loads of around 50-75Kg. These women can easily move with a child of 25Kg on the back, a 30Kg jar of water, beverage or a bag... Read More »

Malian bogolan mud art

Malian bogolan fabric

Bogolan is a word in Bambara (language from Mali, West Africa) composed by a common name “bogo” meaning clay, mud and a suffix “lan” indicating the instrument or what achieves a result. Therefore, Bogolan means... Read More »

OUR TEAM & SUPPORTERS