About the Farm
At Stoney Creek Farm, Grant and Dawn Breitkreutz “walk the regenerative talk” every day, implementing no-till row cropping and intensive rotational grazing as well as diversified cover cropping on their Redwood Falls, Minnesota farm.
Through their regenerative efforts over the years, Stoney Creek Farm has…
• Welcomed the return of wildlife
• Realized consistent yields with lowered input costs
• Witnessed the changes in their soil structure and the resulting improvement in water infiltration
• Raised happier, healthier livestock
While the conventional agricultural model increasingly requires more work, more time, more inputs and more outlays, Grant and Dawn’s regenerative model is based on a nature-mimicking model that features less tillage with fewer inputs.
Long before Dawn became the president of the non-profit Soil Health Academy, she and Grant frequently shared their regenerative story, hosting workshops and field days at their farm so other farmers could learn how to do the same. Grant and Dawn believe these efforts are especially critical today because they provide a practical way to help struggling farm families become more profitable and to help address environmental, biodiversity, nutrition, and climate issues.
In addition to creating better functioning and more resilient soils, Dawn and Grant have also worked to create a more resilient and profitable business model that features stacking enterprises and offers farm products that are marketed directly to their growing customer base.
Their regenerative journey continues to this day, but their focus remains on farming in ways that restore life—life that is powered by diversity and the miracle of photosynthesis.
This class will focus on transitioning the cropping systems in confined dairy operations. This school will focus on improving soil function in a high manure system. Students will learn ecological nutrient management, proper soil testing, no-till and learn proper cover crop management and other ecological principles to reduce costs.
July 19-21, 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; and
• Access to future scheduled conference calls with the instructors.
• With a paid registration at $1375, you may bring an immediate family member along and they will receive a $200 discount
• Full time college students will receive a $200 discount
• Soil Health Academy alumni will receive a $200 discount
• Scholarship opportunities available at: soilhealthacademy.org/scholarships
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Who Should Attend?
- Anyone that want to take their farm/ranch to the next level. This course will examine all aspects of regenerative farming and 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 farm or ranch should be and can be. Taught by highly experienced and regenerative farmers. Participants will work in teams to solve real-world grazing problems and sharpen their skills.
School & Farm Location
Stoney Creek Farm
38270 Kenwood Ave
Redwood Falls, MN 56283
What You Will Learn
- Increased profitability while reducing debt
- How to use the six soil health principles to restore a vibrant ecosystem
- How to add diversity to a corn/soybean rotation to increase profitability
- How to make grazing profitable
- How to reduce inputs by enhancing the nutrient cycle
- How to design cover crop mixes to address resource concerns
- How to enhance marketing strategies to increase net margins
- How to improve livestock health
- How to keep more money in your pocket
- Determining paddock size
- Plant Brix: How to Measure & How To Use
- Paddock construction and layout
- Soil health demonstrations
- Rainfall simulator
- Five soil health principles
- Three principles of adaptive stewardship
- Understanding the soil’s spheres
- How to use the ‘shovel’ test
- How to use the cover crop calculator
- How to use field aggregate stability test
- Understanding Haney soil test
- Determining soil water infiltration rates
- Forage Biomass determination
- Paddock construction and layout
- How to address resource concerns
- Pest and disease control through biodiversity
- How to increase your farm’s resilience
- Impact of chemical, biological, physical disturbance