Crow Wing River Basin Forage Council Grazing School

Sep 15, 2023 8:00AM—Sep 16, 2023 2:00PM


109 1st Ave SE Verndale, MN 56481

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Join Isaac Tappenden from Green Pastures Farm, Missouri and the Greg Judy Regenerative Rancher YouTube channel for a two-day grazing school in central Minnesota! Issac is Greg Judy’s farm manager and oversees the day-to-day operations of the grazing and livestock.

This in-depth grazing school will be led by Tappenden and three Minnesotan grazing leaders. Both beginning and seasoned farmers alike will benefit from this comprehensive, in-field experience.

Each day, we will spend time in the classroom taking a deep dive into grazing before we head to the pasture to see it in action. Come prepared to network and ask questions.

This event is limited to 60 people to allow for the best student:instructor ratio

Hosted by the Crow Wing River Basin Forage Council, topics will include:

  • Soil Health & Grazing
  • Adaptive Grazing principles
  • Knowing your context
  • Financial principles of grazing
  • Grazing definitions: Stocking Rate, Stocking Density, Carrying Capacity, etc.
  • Estimating dry matter availability
  • Fencing for multiple species
  • Watering systems
  • Multi-speces grazing (managing a flerd, sheep and cattle together)
  • Brix and nutrient density
  • Livestock guardian dogs
  • Drought management
  • Winter feeding strategies
  • Rest vs Recovery
  • Secrets to increasing productivity…and more!


Isaac Tappenden – Farm Manager, Green Pastures Farm, Missouri
Kent Solberg – SFA Senior Technical Advisor, Seven Pines Farm
Jonathan Kilpatrick – SFA Soil Health Lead

Schedule: Note that we will meet in a different place each day.

Friday, September 15:  8 AM – 4:30 PM   Address: Verndale Lions Community Center – 109 1st Ave SE Verndale, MN 56481
Saturday, September 16: 7:45 AM – 1 PM   Address: George Heller Farm – West 80 South Polls, 18884 145th Ave Wadena, MN


Registration is required. No walkups will be available.

Registration is $125 for members of SFA, and $150 for nonmembers. Additional people from the same farm may register for $75/person. Members, please log in first to see member pricing.


AmericInn Wadena room block is under Jim Chamberlin’s name.
Eastwood Inn of Wadena room block is under “Grazing School”.


For more information contact:

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



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