About the Farm

From Brylee New Smith

Our farm, often known as New Family Farms, is a second generation farm owned by my father Shane New. Over the years, Shane has steered it in many different directions. From a sod farm to cash crops, we have tried a variety of things with our land, all while running a cattle operation alongside. Each brought its own level of success, but my dad kept searching for something better.

Enter regenerative agriculture. I'm not even sure how Shane got into it, but the excitement for it was more than evident. It seemed to be all we could talk about as a family! Shane was passionate about it, and it began to rub off on the rest of us.

Riding on the side by side to move cattle became lessons on biology, soil health, and the impact of animals on the regeneration of our land. Soon pastured layers increased on the farm. Then we got our first pigs, bees, and even more recently, lambs and our sheep dog, Shep. All of these animals play a special role in rebuilding our soil and plant diversity, and at the same time, provide our customers with a healthy product raised within a respectful environment.

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Our goal is to create the most nutrient dense and flavorful product possible, through a diversity of forages and microbiology within our farm. After all, you are what you eat! The same applies for your food and what they eat. This is why we adopted the name, Taste of the Land. We are proud to offer products are not only more sensuous to the consumer, but are now much healthier for them, the animals, and the land.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone that wants to take their farm or ranch to the next level. This course will examine aspects of regenerative farming/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 operation.

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

  • Understanding the 6-3-4
  • Understanding How Soil Functions
  • The Importance of Animals
  • Stacking Enterprises to Increase Profit
  • Grazing Diverse Cover Crops
  • How To Increase Diversity
  • Stimulating The Latent Seed Bank

September 19-21, 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.

Scholarship Money Available

We are committed to helping you finance this educational experience.  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 donations from the following organizations as well as from private donors.

We encourage anyone with interest to apply. 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
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Shane New

Shane New

Luke Jones

Luke Jones

Frenando Falomir

Fernando Falomir

Brian Dougherty

Brian Dougherty

School Location

Evangel United Methodist Church
227 Pennsylvania Ave
Holton, KS 66436

Farm Location

New Family Farms
11760 254th Rd
Holton, KS 66436

Hotel Information

Prairie Band Casino and Resort
12305 150th Road
Mayetta, KS 66509

(785) 966-7742

Block of rooms reserved under Soil Health Academy for $79.00/night

Closest Airport

Kansas City International Airport (MCI)
1 International Square
Kansas City, MO 64153


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