About the Farm

From Crops to Cattle

In 2001 Jon and Tammy took ownership of what had been a successful cropping operation and continued to farm the land that way for several years, raising a few head of beef for their own freezer. With five growing boys they went through a lot of groceries and valued knowing where their food came from. As it turned out their friends and family did, too!

When people discovered that they were raising beef on their family farm, the first question many of them asked was “Is it grass-fed…?” This led Jon and Tammy to research what that meant. They became more and more convinced of the many benefits of pastured meats— to the animals, the consumer and the environment.  They began thinking about new ways to steward the land they owned and decided to learn more about sustainability and regenerative land practices.  With the mentoring of friends and experts at Michigan State University they made the journey from crops to cattle.

Jon and Tammy Nelson

In 2011 Jon and Tammy made a full transition to a 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef operation and since then it has been the mission and vision at JNelson Farms to provide a nutritious, responsibly raised, superior product to their customers.  The carefully selected black angus and red angus cattle are especially well-suited for life in lush pastures, enjoying supplemental hay in carefully managed paddocks on the 280+ acre farm headquartered in Hope, Michigan.

JNelson Farms is certified with the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) as a livestock operation.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone that wants to take their ranch to the next level. This course will examine all aspects of regenerative ranching, soil health, plant health, and animal health. Hands-on experience will be heavily emphasized.

This is a power-packed three days that will change your ranch. It is taught by highly experienced regenerative ranchers.

Participants will be participating in adaptive grazing practices.  The class will be limited to 50 registrants, so don't wait until the last minute to register!

What You Will Learn

  • How to Increase Profitability by Grazing Adaptively
  • The Three Rules of Adaptive Stewardship
  • The Power of Observation
  • Successful Marketing: Strategies for Enhanced Net Margins
  • How to Restore Vibrant Ecosystems through Adaptive Grazing
  • Multi-species Grazing

July 25-27, 2023

Tuition of $1,375 includes:
• Regen Ag 101 course ($499.00 value), which we would like you to complete prior to the first day of class;
• In-person attendance at the SHA school, as well as course materials, snacks, water and lunch each day; and
• Access to future scheduled conference calls with the instructors.
• Breakfast, lunch and snacks in the classroom. Meals in the evening (Tues & Wed) will be provided on the farm by JNelson Farms


Scholarship Money Available

We are committed to helping you finance this educational experience.  We encourage anyone with interest to apply.  If you want to attend one of our 3-day events, you are eligible for a scholarship. Our scholarships for this school were made possible by a donation from Michigan State University.

In addition we will be giving special consideration to the following:

  • Students
  • Families or farms with more than one person attending
  • Past SHA students
  • Veterans
  • Agricultural educators and influencers
  • Minority, tribal, women and historically underserved individuals


Gabe Brown

Gabe Brown

Shane New

Shane New

Dr. Allen Williams

Dr. Allen Williams

Luke Jones

Luke Jones

School Location

NADA Hotel & Conference Center
4000 Whiting Dr.
Midland, MI 48640

Farm Location

JNelson Farms
4240 N. Stark Rd.
Hope, MI 48628

Hotel Information

We have a block of rooms reserved in walking distance from the classroom. $70/night - reserved under Soil Health Academy

NADA Hotel & Conference Center
4000 Whiting Dr.
Midland, MI 48640

(989) 837-4284

Closest Airport

MBS International Airport (MBS)
8500 Garfield Rd.
Freeland, MI 486

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