Doug Voss is the third generation on his family farm where he and his wife Beth are raising their family of five boys. Their farm, located near Paynesville, MN, was historically operated as a dairy when his grandparents began farming during the Great Depression. In 1999, looking to reduce the impact on the environment and to produce a better product, the farm was certified for organic production. Several challenges in the farm’s past allowed Doug to learn in a way that can only happen by experiencing.
Influenced by many people passionate about soil health, Doug has subsequently converted all acres to a perennial system and implemented adaptive grazing practices. Currently, the farm includes a grass-fed beef herd, a small dairy, heritage sheep, broiler chickens and a custom grazing enterprise.
As he sees his farm changing for the better, Doug recognizes the positive impact of improved soil health including “peace of mind.”
Doug is encouraged by constructive conversations with people who want to learn about the benefits of management in the regenerative mindset. He works with various other organizations that focus on soil health, land operators, livestock producers, agriculture and the community and believes the issue of soil health can cross all tribal boundaries in real practice
and impacts everyone who eats and breathes. He looks forward to the opportunity to contribute to a more nourishing, regenerative future.