Peggy Sechrist will be guest speaker at the next meeting of the Hill Country chapter Texas Master Naturalists on Monday, Jan. 27, in the Upper Guadalupe River Authority Lecture Hall, 125 N. Lehmann Dr. near Kerrville. After a social time at 6:15 p.m., the chapter will conduct business at 6:45 p.m. and the speaker will begin at 7 p.m.
Sechrist has practiced holistic management for 25 years and resides near Fredericksburg with her husband, Richard. Through the application of holistic management, they were the first ranchers in Texas to create a certified organic, grass-fed beef operation in 1995, adding the production of pastured poultry in 1998.
She has advocated for and served sustainable agriculture for many years in collaboration with numerous agricultural and wildlife agencies including Texas A&M University, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Wildlife Association, Texas Department of Agriculture, NRCS, served on the SSAWG board of directors (Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group), and the USDA/SARE Administrative Council.
Currently she is the Hill Country advisor for the Soil and Water Initiative, a project of the National Center for Appropriate Technology focused on educating landowners about ways to increase the water holding capacity of their soils.