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.

Forage Council

Upcoming Events

Red Polls and a Green House -Pasture Walk at Brakstad Family Farm

Thursday, June 27, 2024   6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

1679 52nd St SW. Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Join us at Brakstad Family Farm for the third of SFA's 2024 Pasture Walk Series!

Lance and Robyn Bragstad will be sharing their first-time experience of outwintering, using both bale grazing and unrolling bales. We will also be touring the grazing system and other farm enterprises, including the hydroponic greenhouse and vegetable operation.

Registration: Free Admission. Registration requested, walkups welcome.

About the farm: Brakstad Family Farm has been family-owned and operated for three generations. In 2010, Lance and Robyn Bragstad were gifted with their first pair of Holstein calves. What began as a small hobby farm has grown into a reputable all-natural farming business.

They currently run a 30 cow/calf to finish Red Poll cattle operation and direct market all their animals. They also raise vegetables and market through local farmers markets, an on-farm store, and the Lakes Area Farm to Food Shelf Program.

Brakstad Family Farm Red Poll cattle
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2024 Forage Council Grazing School
with Greg Judy and Isaac Tappenden

September 27 & 28, 2024
Verndale, MN

The 2024 Forage Council Grazing School is scheduled for two full days, Sept 27 & 28th in Verndale.

Greg Judy and Isaac Tappenden with Green Pastures Farm will be our guest speakers. We are offering a mix of sessions on basic grazing techniques as well as in depth sessions for advanced grazers.

Registration includes lunch on Friday and Saturday, and supper on Friday evening.

Advance registration required. No walkups, please.

SFA Members: $280
Non-members: $300

Members must log in to see member pricing.
Learn more about joining SFA here.

Sponsored by Grassland 2.0 and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.


2023 Forage Council Grazing School Isaac Tappenden and George Heller and Paige for email