Crow Wing River Basin Forage Council

Learn, explore, and network

Contact: or 1.844.922.5573 Ext. 714.

Since 2000, Crow Wing River Basin Forage Council, a Networking Group of the Sustainable Farming Association, has provided thousands of people with opportunity to learn, explore, and network through winter workshops and summer land and water tours. The group is open to all who wish to participate.

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Upcoming Events

Summer Pasture Tour - Island Lake Farm

Saturday, June 22, 2:30 p.m.
23111 State Hwy 18, Deerwood, MN 56444

Owners Jim and Audra Chamberlin will lead a tour of their farm operation.

Topics include:

  • Adaptive grazing- cattle, hogs, poultry
  • Agroforestry:egetable alley cropping, forest farming (maple syrup, shitake mushrooms, hazelnuts, lumber), windbreaks and shelterbelt, silvopasture
  • Keyline water management; hedge laying

This tour is a 1/2 mile walk. Please wear proper footwear.

Contact the Forage Council if you need special accommodation.

Please pre-register HERE.

Summer Pasture Tour - Clayhill Farm and Forest

Saturday, June 22, 5:00 p.m.
12607 Red Pine Road, Brainerd, MN 56401

Harry and Judy will lead a tour of their farm operation. Topics include:

  • Adaptive grazing beef cattle
  • NRCS funded water system
  • outwintering, bale unroller
  • passive solar winter waterer
  • firewood processer
  • other innovative shop build tools

Please pre-register HERE.


Dung Beetle Pasture Walk

Thursday, August 24, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Stattelman Angus Ranch, 4916 41st Ave SW Pine River MN 56474

Roger Moon, UMN professor of Veterinary Entomology out of the Morris campus, will lead a pasture walk to disect manure pats in search of dung beeltes and other insect life. He will also be discussing best management practices when using dewormer meds to protect dung beetle populations.

Admission: $10
Register HERE.


Grazing School

Friday, September 15 - Saturday, September 16

This summer, the Crow Wing River Basin Forage Council is offering a two-day, in-depth grazing school led by regional leaders from across the Midwest!

Kent Solberg - SFA Senior Technical Advisor, Seven Pines Farm
Issac Tappenden - Farm Manager, Green Pastures Farm, Missouri
George Heller - Owner, West 80 South Polls


Topics will include:

  • multi-species grazing
  • livestock gaurdian dogs
  • fencing and water systems
  • forage availabilty and soil health
  • BRIX measurement and forage quality
  • grazing genetics
  • adaptive grazing principles, and more!


Schedule: Note that we will meet at a different location each day.

Friday, September 15:  8 AM - 4 PM   Address: 109 1st Ave SE Verndale, MN 56481

Saturday, September 16: 8:30 AM - 2 PM   Address: West 80 South Polls, 18884 145th Ave Wadena, MN


Registration is required. No walkups will be available.

SFA Members: $125
Nonmembers: $150

Additional people from the same farm may register for $75/person.

Members, please log in first to see member pricing.


For more information or sponsorship inquiries contact:

George Heller: 218-371-6547
Jim Chamberlin: 218-831-0528