Butch Tindell


Charles (Butch) Tindell has over 35 years of experience gardening, farming and ranching and has extensively worked teaching and researching agricultural issues. He has worked on projects and project design ranging in size and scale from small backyard gardens and farms of less than one acre to ranches of over 10,000 acres in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Idaho. He has research and work experience with biointensive food production, permaculture and holistic management. In addition, he has either started or helped to start several successful small-scale food enterprises that produce and market farm products. He has also started several other businesses in real estate, construction and insurance. Butch regularly speaks to groups across the US and has published several books, manuals and journal articles on agrarian life.


    Farm and ranch design; farm business management and training; enterprise start-up; gardens and soils; range and grazing management; livestock breeds and selection.


    Member of management team that managed the following operations:
    Bonney Canyon Ranch, Picacho, New Mexico; Navasota Ranch, Marquez, Texas; Four Square Ranch, Bennington, Oklahoma
    Part-time work on the Davis Hackberry Ranch, Sterling County, Texas
    Consulted on the following projects: Brazos de Dios at Homestead Heritage, Waco, Texas; Aquilla Valley Farm, Waco, Texas; Brush Creek Ranch, Deary, Idaho; Triple S Farms, Waco, Texas

    Executive Director—The Ploughshare Institute for Sustainable Culture
    Vice-President—commercial real estate firm in central Texas
    Insurance Adjuster—commercial and residential lines
    General Manager—nation-wide publishing and distribution company
    Advertising and Marketing Director—state-wide ad agency


    Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas
    BBA in Marketing & Management, May 1979
    McLennan Community College, 1985
    Post-graduate coursework in tax accounting, real estate and insurance

Professional & Agricultural Education

    Permaculture Design Certificate (PINA), Oregon State University
    Regrarians® Farm Planning Workshop & Conference with Darren Doherty
    Seed Saving for Organic Farmers, Dr. John Navazio, Evergreen State University, Washington
    Three-Day Biointensive Gardening Workshop with John Jeavons
    Stockman-Grass Farmer Grass-fed Production School with Allan Nation & Jim Gerrish; Charlottesville, Virginia
    Stockman-Grass Farmer Grazing & Genetics Workshop with Dr. Anabel Pordomingo, Allan Nation and Gearld Fry; Jackson, Mississippi
    Holistic Management Workshop-Water Flow & Keyline Cultivation, Bill Zeedyk; Circle Ranch, Van Horn, Texas
    Holistic Management Workshop, Brazos de Dios, Texas
    Keyline Practice Workshop with Owen Hablutzel, Waco, Texas


  • Holistic Management International—Texas, 2008 Spring Conference, Waco, Texas
  • “The Revitalization of Local Agriculture”, The Stockman-Grass Farmer Value-Added Marketing School, Denver, Colorado, November 2009
  • “Creating Sustainable Farms and Sustainable Communities through Heritage Foods”, Heritage Day and Small Farmer Conference, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, June 2010
  • “Small-Scale Family Farming”, Sustain Life! A Festival of Hope, Lewiston, Idaho, August 2010
  • “The Revitalization of Local, Community-oriented, Small-Scale, Diversified Family Farming”, Keynote Speaker, 2011 Annual Conference, American Society of Agricultural Consultants, San Antonio, October 2011
  • “The Restorative Power of Local Food & Revitalization of Small-Scale Farming”, Keynote Speaker, 2012 Annual Conference, Midwestern Bio-Ag, Madison, Wisconsin, October 2012
  • Self-Reliant Expo, Belton, Texas 2015—seminars on homesteading
  • Mother Earth News Fair, Belton, Texas, February 2016—seminars on homesteading, organic pest control and artisans and agrarians
  • “Local Sustainable Grains”, 2016 Farm and Food Leadership Conference, The Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, Bastrop, Texas
  • Homestead Fair 2005-2015—seminars on homesteading, gardening and agricultural issues.


  • The Homestead Manual and Workbook, Butch Tindell, The Ploughshare Institute for Sustainable Culture, 2014.
  • Homestead Gardening, Butch Tindell, et.al., The Ploughshare Institute for Sustainable Culture, 2012.
  • The Homestead Cow, Butch Tindell, The Ploughshare Institute for Sustainable Culture, 2012.
  • Orchards, Vineyards and Berries, Butch Tindell, The Ploughshare Institute for Sustainable Culture, 2010.
  • “Agrarian: A Definition, A Description, A Defense”, SustainLife Journal, Volume 1, Issue 2, Spring 2012, pp. 18-21.
  • “Sustainability—What Does It Mean?”, SustainLife Journal, Volume 1, Issue 3, Summer 2012, pp. 18-20


    Heritage Ministries
    Holistic Management International


    Married to Diane Tindell, 40 years. Seven children, eight grand-children.