Soil Health Academy Presents
Regenerative Farming & Ranching

Agenda - Coming Soon!


Tuition of $1,275 for all three days 

Registration includes all classes, digital course materials, and lunch each day

Full Time College Students will receive a $200 discount
With a paid registration at $1275, one immediate family member will receive a $200 discount
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Location:

Stoney Creek Farm

Grant & Dawn Breitkreutz 

Redwood Falls, Minnesota

August 13-15, 2019

Instructors

  • Allen Williams
    Allen Williams
  • Gabe Brown
    Gabe Brown
  • Ray Archuleta
    Ray Archuleta

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. 


What You Will Learn:

Principles of Soil Health & Adaptive Stewardship
Restoring Vibrant Ecosystems Through Adaptive Grazing
Making Grazing Highly Profitable & Desirable
Successful Marketing: Strategies for Enhanced Net Margins
Nutrient Management
Designing Cover Crop Mixes
Farm Economics and Whole Farm Planning

Topics Addressed:


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 bio diversity
How to increase your farm’s resilience
Impact of chemical, biological, physical disturbance


Questions and answers with Grant and Dawn Breitkreutz regarding their regenerative agricultural journey and why they're looking forward to hosting a Soil Health Academy School.


1. Why did you want to host a Soil Health Academy on your farm?  

We are in the heart of corn, soybean, and sugar beet country.  We have witnessed the degradation of the farm field soils throughout our neighborhood and state.  We have been on our regenerative path for 15-20 years now and have seen such an improvement to both our pastures and farm fields and feel that it is vital that our neighbors find their way to a regenerative path also.  We hope by hosting the Soil Health Academy, we are opening the door to their education.

2. What are you most proud of regarding your farming operation?  

We are very proud to have found our way to improving soil health.  We see the increased wildlife, biological life in the soil, improved grain yields, and the improved health of our livestock.  We have eliminated erosion and improved water infiltration, which means we now keep the water where it's supposed to be. What could be better than that?

3. What do you hope attendees will take away from their Soil Health Academy experience?  

We hope that attendees go home with a plan.  We hope they are excited to try their plan. We hope they feel comfortable finding their first step of many to improving the soil on their own farms and pastures.  We also hope that they realize that they just developed a network of people who are very willing to help them on their path and that they feel comfortable reaching out with their questions.

4. How has your regenerative agriculture journey changed your farming operation (from a business perspective) and/or your outlook regarding the future?  

We wish we would have made the change sooner.  This has been stated by every single person we have ever talked to who has changed to regenerative farming.  It has improved our bottom line by allowing us to reduce our inputs, including chemicals, synthetic fertilizer, and seed.  Our journey now includes additional species of livestock and a meat sales enterprise, with plans to add more species yet. It has given us flexibility in dealing with Mother Nature's curve balls in weather.  Farming is fun again, challenging again, and rewarding again.

5. Anything else you’d like to add or share? 

Regenerative agriculture doesn't have an expiration date.  Three years or five years or ten years from now, you won't have to find a different seed technology, a different chemical for your resistant weeds, or a different "...cide" to kill a new pest in the fields.  Regenerative agriculture will only get better with time. When you work with nature and see how much life is out there everywhere on the land, you can't help but be confident that you are on the right path. Working to build or improve something rather than kill something daily is so much more rewarding.


Hotel

Redwood Lodge

1382 East Bridge Street 
Redwood Falls, MN  56283
507-644-5722

Double $85, plus tax