Grazing

Resources and expertise to implement adaptive grazing on your farm

Through the Technical Assistance for Grazing Program and Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship, SFA provides support to new and experienced farmers interested in grazing. Our Beginning Grazier Handbook is designed to assist the beginning grazier in implementing a grazing system, or experienced graziers looking for additional resources.

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Technical Assistance for Grazing Program

The Sustainable Farming Association, in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, is working to increase and improve the amount of regenerative grazing within the prairie pothole region of west and northwest Minnesota. In our Technical Assistance for Grazing program, we will work with twenty farmers to provide:

  • On-farm assessment of your operation
  • Development of a grazing plan
  • Training on adaptive grazing
  • Training on fencing techniques and equipment
  • Stockmanship training
  • Implementation of soil health principles
  • Networking with other graziers

The program is designed to offer one-on-one, boots-on-the-ground training to farmers wanting to begin, improve upon, or expand their grazing enterprise.

Over two years you will work one-on-one with SFA staff and participate in field days where you will learn from and interact with other graziers in this program.

To apply, fill out this application or reach out to Jared Luhman at jared@sfa-mn.org.

Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship

Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship

SFA and the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship have built a partnership to support the recruitment, education, and training of apprentice dairy farmers who are working with Mentor dairy graziers. The goal of DGA's work is to ensure more small family dairy operations and enhance those that involve grazing into their operation. The Apprenticeship is for farmers who are looking to mentor an individual on their operation and for people who are looking to learn how to dairy farm in a hands-on way of learning.

SFA's Central Minnesota DGA Education Coordinator is Angie Walter, who with her husband, Nate, milks 100 cows and farms 370 acres near Villard, Minn.

Contact Angie at angie@sfa-mn.org or 320.815.9293.

Visit the national DGA website here.

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Grazing Events

Check back for upcoming grazing events!

Pasture Walk Series #4 – Oak Savannas, Native Prairies and Goat Grazing

Jul 25, 2024 6:00PM—8:00PM

Lakeside Prairie Farm: 20503 180th Ave. Barrett, MN 56311

Foundations of Fencing

Aug 13, 2024 9:00AM—4:00PM

The Jessie Farm, 2204 E Lake Jessie Rd SE , 56308

Family Milk Cow Workshop

Aug 17, 2024 9:00AM—11:30AM

Wild Wood Farm 30607 Phelps Mill Rd Underwood, MN 56586