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.

Farmer to Farmer Volunteer Dan Miller in Klé Sokoro, Mali

Preventing parasitic diseases in small ruminants

This past July, Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer Daniel K. Miller visited Mali, including one village in Katibougou (Katibougou Village) and four in the Bougouni area (Bougouni Village, Solla-Bougouda, Toula and Kle Sokoro). In each village, the participants... Read More »

Crocodiles in Dogon County

Dogon people of Mali: Part 4

This is part four of a four-part blog series on the Dogon People of Mali, West Africa. • Read Part 1 • Read Part 2 • Read Part 3   Crocodiles play an important role... Read More »

Dogon Mali rock wall paintings

Dogon people of Mali: Part 3

This is part three of a four-part blog series on the Dogon People of Mali, West Africa. • Read Part 1 • Read Part 2   Dogon rock paintings   For the Dogon, rock paintings, in... Read More »

Dogon Hogon

Dogon people of Mali: Part 2

This is part two of a four-part blog series on the Dogon People of Mali, West Africa. • Read Part 1 • Read Part 3   Dogon Religion   The Dogon community’s life is centered... Read More »

OUR TEAM & SUPPORTERS