About the Farm

Gabe Brown is one of the partners in Understanding Ag and an instructor for the Soil Health Academy. This is the opportunity to see a ranch that has been applying the six principles of soil health for over 25 years.

Gabe, along with his wife Shelly, and son Paul, own and operate Brown’s Ranch, a diversified 6,000 acre farm and ranch near Bismarck, North Dakota. The ranch consists of several thousand acres of native perennial rangeland along with perennial pastureland and cropland. Their ranch focuses on farming and ranching in nature’s image.

The Browns holistically integrate their grazing and no-till cropping systems, which include a wide variety of cash crops and multi-species cover crops. This diversity and integration has regenerated the natural resources on the ranch without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and fungicides.

Paul Brown, owns and operates Nourished by Nature which directly markets Brown’s Ranch production. These include all natural grass-finished beef and lamb. They also raise pastured laying hens, broilers, and swine. They believe that healthy soil leads to clean air, clean water, healthy plants, animals, and people.

Over 2,000 people visit the Brown’s Ranch annually to see this unique operation. They have had visitors from all fifty states and twenty-seven foreign countries. Gabe and Brown’s Ranch have received many forms of recognition for their work, including a Heinz Award for the Environment, a Growing Green award from the Natural Resource Defense Council, an Environmental Stewardship Award from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and a Zero-Till Producer of the Year Award, to name a few. Gabe has also been named one of the twenty-five most influential agricultural leaders in the United States. Gabe authored the book, “Dirt to Soil, One Family’s Journey into Regenerative Agriculture.

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Who Should Attend?

Any producer who wants to take their operation to the next level. This course will examine beef, dairy, small ruminant, pastured pig, and pastured poultry grazing & foraging. Hands-on experience will be heavily emphasized.

This is a power-packed three days that will change your perspective on what a pasture-based operation can be. Taught by highly experienced and expert practitioners.

August 30 - September 1, 2022

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 digital course materials and lunch each day
  • Two follow-up Zoom meetings with a consultant within the first year after the date of the SHA school you attended
  • Access to future scheduled conference calls with the instructors.


  • Tour of the Menoken Farm (5-7 PM Wednesday Evening) - The Menoken Farm is the Burleigh County Soil Conservation Districts demonstration farm. They have cover crop fields, livestock integration, a no-till garden, a hoop house, and composting demonstrations.

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.  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

What You Will Learn

  • Principles of Soil Health & Adaptive Stewardship
  • Restoring Vibrant Ecosystems Through Adaptive Grazing
  • Making Grazing Highly Profitable & Desirable
  • Multi-species Grazing Strategies
  • Successful Marketing: Strategies for Enhanced Net Margins
  • How to Stack Enterprises to Increase Efficiencies
  • How To Lay Out Practical and Flexible Grazing Plans
  • The Pros and Cons of a Stacked Enterprise Model

Topics Addressed:

  • How to Develop a Forage Chain to Feed Multiple Species
  • Setting up the "grazing wedge" & developing a forage chain
  • Plant Brix: How to Measure & How To Use
  • Water systems - wells, surface water, pipelines, pumps, etc.
  • Paddock construction and layout
  • “Before & After” grazing observation and evaluation.
  • Soil health evaluation - infiltration, earthworm counts, sniff test, soil aggregate observation, shovel test
  • Leader/follower grazing
  • "Flerd" grazing (mixed species herds).
  • Marketing & Sales Skills
  • Stacked Enterprises: Planning, coordinating, implementing


Gabe Brown

Gabe Brown

Shane New

Shane New

Dr. Allen Williams

Dr. Allen Williams

School Location

Country Inn and Suites
3205 N 14th St
Bismarck, ND 58503

Farm Location

Brown's Ranch
3752 106th St NE
Bismarck, ND 58503

Hotel Information

Country Inn and Suites
3205 N 14th St
Bismarck, ND 58503

$96.00/night reserved under Soil Health Academy

Closest Airport

Bismarck Airport (BIS)
2301 University Dr
Bismarck, ND 58504
(701) 355-1800

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