Grassland Manager Sonoma Mountain Institute
CEO Grounded Land and Livestock
Farm Business Advising Fellow Kitchen Table Advisor
Byron Palmer works to help regenerate the grasslands of Sonoma and Marin counties. His work is rooted in the belief that herbivores are part of the complex systems that create ecological health in grasslands. This belief led him to help manage the farm operations of a 1000 member CSA in Petaluma, California. Their, he managed the ranch operations with thousands of broiler chickens, and hundreds of layers, pigs and cattle in an integrated agroecosystem.
Byron eventually moved on from the CSA to Mindful Meats where he spent time as the director for Holistic Cattle Sourcing for Mindful Meats a local sustainable beef company. There he worked with the team to help create a sourcing protocol for their beef program.
Byron has spent the last 5 and a half years regeneratively managing land and cattle for the non-profit Sonoma Mountain Institute where he has been able to live his creative vision of broad acre grassland restoration using herbivores. Here, Byron has worked with his partner Nate Chisholm to helped expand their landbase to 4500 acres in Marin and Sonoma Counties. Sonoma Mountain Institute's work is to positively interact with the landscape through management and monitor to evaluate the management protocols. In this work they have over 70 vegetation monitoring points across 8 properties in Marin and Sonoma counties to evaluate their progress.
While Byron’s primary work is with Sonoma Mountain Institute he enjoys co-running his business Grounded Grassfed with his partner Nate Chisholm where they provide high quality grassfed beef to the local community. When not staring at grass, yelling at dogs and keeping his new daughter from crashing into things, he sits on the porch with his wife and they pontificate.See All Speakers