About the Host Farm and Dairy

Willenbring Family Photo

Willenbring Family Farm

Willenbring Family Farm is a regenerative farm that is pasture-based, working in conjunction with young farming families. We have worked with organizations such as General Mills, Understanding Ag, the ROCORI FFA program, Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota, and hold educational outreach as part of our values.

Our journey to regeneration began 16 years ago. At that time, we operated a conventional dairy farm using industrial agricultural practices. We found ourselves constantly fighting nature and fixing and addressing symptoms, always struggling with sick animals, and finding it a challenge to maintain milk quality. We were sleep deprived, frustrated, having to buy feed, and watching our physical and mental health and passions fade. Can you relate??  

I invite you to come and join us to get a behind-the-scenes look into:

  • How we made the transition to regenerative farming. 
  • How the ways we saw agriculture and dairy farming changed.
  • How our soils came back to life. 
  • How our vet bills disappeared. 
  • How we went from buying feed to having a surplus in a single year of
  • adopting the six soil health principles - To being recognized as one of MN’s top-quality milk producers. 
  • How our health was transformed as farmers. 
  • How we were able to rediscover the heart, passion, fun and profitability in farming in whole new ways!
Schmitz Dairy Family Photo

Schmitz Dairy

Schmitz Dairy was started in 2014 with 8 cows and a grass-fed dream. Our dairy is run by husband and wife team Derek and Taylor along with our young daughter Olivia. We currently rent Willenbring Family Farm and work closely with them. We have grown the operation to 60 cows and added pastured pork and lamb. We have always known grazing had to be the foundation for a profitable, efficient, and family-oriented farm. After becoming aware of regenerative agriculture, the Soil Health Principles and the Three Rules of Adaptive Stewardship, this became imperative. After implementing the principles and the rules we have seen our soil health and livestock health skyrocket. This has made farming so much more fun and exciting.

We would love to have you come discover how to revolutionize and regenerate your operations as well.

Course Description

In the SHA Dairy School, farmers will develop an understanding of regenerative agricultural principles and how they relate to their farm. Through a time tested combination of hands-on and classroom programming, dairy farmers will learn how to successfully apply the principles of regenerative agriculture to build soil, crop, forage, herd and financial health to their farms

June 22-24, 2021

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.

Discounts available!
• 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

Email: info@soilhealthacademy.org for coupon code

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.

School Location

Riverside Inn
118 3rd St S.
Cold Spring, MN 56320

What You Will Learn

  • Utilize the Six Principles of Soil Health and Three Rules of Adaptive Stewardship
  • Increase Farm Profitability By Stacking Enterprises
  • Successfully Market Your Products for Enhanced Net Margins
  • Produce Nutrient Dense Foods By Advancing Soil Health
  • Develop A Multi-Species Grazing Model
  • Adaptively Graze Multi-Species Cover Crops and Perennials

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


Kent Solberg

Kent Solberg

Phyllis & Paul Van Amburg

Phyllis & Paul Van Amburgh

Dr. Allen Williams

Dr. Allen Williams

Hotel Options

Riverside Inn
118 3rd St S
Cold Springs, MN 56320


Reserve room under Soil Health Academy

Closest Airport

Minneapolis - St. Paul - MSP
6040 28th Ave
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55450

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