Pasture & Agriculture Team (SPAT & NPAT)
North Pasture & Ag Team (NPAT) and South Pasture & Ag Team (SPAT)
The land below the irrigation ditch is covered under this agreement. Two teams are responsible for overseeing the health of our pastures and our agricultural efforts: the South Pasture and Ag Team (SPAT) and the North Pasture and Ag Team (NPAT). Each team is wholly responsible for the land, irrigation system, and fencing on their portion of property.
The N-PAT manages the land south of the irrigation ditch to the fence which runs from Koenig’s NE corner east to Heartwood Lane. This includes the fenced-in area previously known as the Community Garden. It does not include the cluster irrigation pond, pump house, and the area around the pond, all of which are managed by the Land Stewardship Team (LST). It also excludes the land managed by SPAT. The NPAT manages the west head- gate.
The S-PAT manages the land south of fence running east from Koenig’s NE corner to HW Lane, the east pasture, the triangle by Rivers’ driveway, and the spring fed pond. This does not include the turn around near the entry on Heartwood Lane (LST) or land managed by NPAT. The SPAT manages the east headgate. In addition, the SPAT is primarily responsible for overall management of the Tractor and it’s associated implements, and of our ditch/water rights.
The two teams are similar in many ways, as indicated below. The ways in which they are different are found in each team’s unique Long Term Land Use Plan, their Short Term Land Use Guidelines, and the contracts that each team makes with the private entities using their portion of the irrigated ag land.
Each team has the following responsibilities and authorities in common. The teams practice good communication and cooperation skills to maintain a harmonious relationship as they work together to care for our irrigated pasture and ag land:
To guide the community in its use of and interaction with our irrigated pasture land. To achieve this, we will explore, learn, and implement the principles of holistic management in a manner that sustains a healthy, beautiful, and diverse ecosystem for wild and domestic plants and animals.
Number of Members
5 to 8 (on each team)
Responsibility & Authority
Overall responsibility for the wise stewardship of our irrigated pasture land. The primary stewardship priorities are long term environmental health, agricultural production, food production, livestock use and aesthetics. The current wet lands, oak groves and drainages will be respected and stewarded primarily for wildlife.
Specific Responsibilities and Authorities:
S-PAT: Manage and maintain the existing ditch or other agricultural water rights. Divide ditch water is equitably between S-PAT, N-PAT, and LST/cluster irrigation. – Full Authority
S-PAT: Lease, or sell Heartwood’s ditch or other agricultural water rights. – Proposal Authority
S-PAT: Acquire, lease or buy additional ditch or other agricultural water rights. -- Full Authority
S-PAT: Tractor and Agricultural Implements:
S-PAT: Allocate money collected from Pasture Use Fees. Money will be used for the primary purpose of improving the overall health and/or increasing the agricultural productivity of the pasture (e.g. eliminating weeds, improving irrigation ditches, planting hay, building a stock pond, building fences, maintaining existing structures.) The money collected will not be available for direct use by private ventures (e.g. buying hay, water troughs, having animals shod, vet bills, etc.) – Full Authority
N-PAT and S-PAT
Create and revise long term land use plan for irrigated ag land. – Proposal Authority
Implement long term land use plan for irrigated ag land. – Full Authority
Maintain irrigation. -- Full Authority
Know and abide by all laws and regulations pertaining to irrigation water rights -- Full Authority
Manage and maintain all head gates and irrigation pipe. -- Full Authority
Know and abide by County regulations that affect land usage. -- Full Authority
Seek new permits for additional structures on land. -- Proposal Authority
Expand activities beyond scope of current regulations and permits. -- Proposal Authority
Weed Control. --Full Authority
Maintain perimeter fencing. -- Full Authority
Create good-will relationships and guidelines for cooperation with other food producers at Heartwood. -- Full Authority
Set and monitor agreements with private entities using the pasture and ag land, in accordance with Heartwood agreements including this agreement and the PUoCR Agreement; each team’s Long Term Land Use Plan; and any liability requirements. This includes both plant and animal production, and both members and non-members of Heartwood. -- Full Authority
Create names for irrigated pasture land features. – Proposal Authority
Acquire and maintain any other tools needed to fulfill team responsibilities. -- Full Authority
Coordinate Internships. -- Proposal Authority
Create and manage barns and outbuildings. -- Full Authority
Management and maintenance of any additional structures that the NPAT or SPAT AGREES to take on when a private entity which has created them is no longer using them. (Unless NPAT, SPAT or another HW team has agreed to take on a structure or project created by a private entity or individual, that structure or project remains the responsibility of the entity or individual.) — Full Authority
Wetlands, Oak Groves and their drainages:
Implement Agricultural and Pet Agreement as it pertains to irrigated pasture land. – Full Authority
Ensure that agreements related to our irrigated pasture and agricultural land are followed – Full Authority
Ensure that Paragraphs 7.9, 7.12, 7.16 and 7.17 of covenants are followed. – Full Authority
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