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.
1382 East Bridge Street
Redwood Falls, MN 56283
Double $85, plus tax