A Savory Hub increases awareness and capacity in a region to regenerate land via Holistic Management. The Hub teaches and demonstrates Holistic Management, conducts Ecological Outcome Verification (EOV) monitoring and verification, equips people, and facilitates improved conditions for the regeneration of land in their region.
A Hub is a regional entity and representative of the Savory Institute and the Savory Global Network, and must maintain its accreditation to serve in this capacity. Accreditation is the quality assurance mechanism for the Savory Institute, and requires a commitment to continued education, excellence in practice on the demonstration site, use of the latest materials and technology, engagement in Savory programs, and meaningful participation in the network community.
- Professional training. Savory Network Hubs offer training in Holistic Management. The Hub has access to land that can be used to provide practical hands-on experience as part of the training curriculum. Hubs must employ Savory Network Accredited Professionals to conduct all Savory Institute accredited trainings.
- Professional Accreditation. Hubs offer formal accreditation training for professionals who are equipped to teach and support others in the practice of Holistic Management. This allows the professionals to apply to be accredited with the Savory Institute after completing accredited training through the Hub.
- Project consulting and management. Custom training, education, project management, facilitation and consulting services are offered to land managers, organizations and governments who are managing, or working to influence the management of land, particularly, but not limited to grasslands. The focus of the Savory Institute is the restoration of the world’s grasslands, however all landforms are degrading, and need to be managed holistically in order to heal. Hubs may operate in “brittle” (low humidity, inconsistent rainfall, arid) and “non-brittle” (high humidity, consistent rainfall, lush) regions of the world.
- Monitoring and support services. Ecological, social and financial monitoring services are provided by Hubs to land managers, organizations and governments to ensure long-term sustainability of their projects and initiatives.
- Working with Savory Regenerating Members. Savory Regenerating Members are advocates for Holistic Management. They may or may not have a land base upon which to practice Holistic Management. Typically, Regenerating Members live in urban areas and are passionate about regenerating land and producing nutrient-dense food. They work to advance and advocate for Holistic Management within their own networks of influence. A network of Regenerating Members work to share news, information and events about their Savory Network Hub’s activity. As influencers, they may help shape local policy and mobilize communities.
- Educational Programs. Each Savory Network Hub can offer opportunities for local youth, land managers and community members to learn more about Holistic Management and the business, policy, and science issues involved in regenerative land management. Exemplars in the network interested in partnering with the Savory Institute as a satellite campus for hands-on learning of special college-age and gap year programs deployed by the Savory Institute, will be considered for that function.
- Ecological Outcomes Verification Services. Savory Network business hubs are equipped to offer EOV monitoring services and verification to land managers interested in accessing market opportunities as part of the Savory Land to Market Program. EOV data has many applications and uses. It supports a land manager’s claim that their management creates regenerative outcomes. This could help them gain more access to land, gain funding, partnerships, etc.
- Scientific Research. Each Savory Network Hub serves as a lab for potential special projects and research. The hub facilitates this work with the Savory Institute and local, regional, national, and international research and academic partners such as research institutes and universities, or independent scientists. All the data from their EOV producers will also add to the global database advancing understanding of management and outcomes. The aim of these studies is to help remove barriers in the realm of policy and/or markets to facilitate the rapid adoption of regenerative land management practices.
- Entrepreneurial Incubator. Each Savory Network Hub may serve as a regional incubator for innovative land-based enterprises and special projects that could enhance triple-bottom-line returns to land managers, including innovative approaches to monetizing ecosystem services. The term “triple bottom line returns” refers to social, ecological, and financial wealth.
- Preferred Providers. Hubs are the preferred providers of training, consulting, and implementation support services for the Impact Landed programs special projects worldwide.