Food Tank, in collaboration with the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and Oxfam America, is excited to announce the inaugural Boston Food Tank Summit. This two-day event will feature more than three dozen different speakers from the food and agriculture field. Researchers, farmers, chefs, policy makers, government officials, and students will come together for discussions on diverse topics. The theme for the Summit is Investing in Discovery.
The SFA Western Chapter annual meeting, potluck and bread mixer from 4 to 8 p.m.April 8 at the Milan Community Center, 170 N 4th St, Milan. This meeting is free and open to all; no RSVP is required. At the meeting, several Western Minnesota sustainable farm projects will be discussed, including:
Jim and LeeAnn VanDerPol’s experience with intergenerational farm transition
Anne Borgendale’s plans for local grass-fed organic cheese from Northland Prairie’s dairy.
Mike Jorgenson’s perspective on waterway buffer strip compliance.
Kathy Draeger on the new Farm-to-Grocery to Warehouse initiative
Bring your favorite bread dough ready for the oven or something for the potluck and ideas you’d like to share or learn through our farmer network. Jam session will likely follow. Info: email@example.com.
The Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota supports the development and enhancement of sustainable farming systems through farmer-to-farmer networking, innovation, demonstration, and education. For more information, visit www.sfa-mn.org.
Engage with the thought leaders who are defining the regenerative future. Participate in interactive plenary sessions. Shape the forward dialogue in facilitated breakout sessions. Craft the strategies, the narratives and movements for an Economy in Service to Life.
Ian will teach us:
How to use MOB grazing as a tool to improve the land.
How to manage livestock & land for profitability.
How to build our soils using proper grazing methods.
Harvesting the Energy While Feeding the Whole (Animal, Soil & Soil Surface).
Ian will be covering all the critically important steps in implementing high density planned grazing. Livestock alone can heal your land & build your soils. It does take proper management to achieve this. Learn how to stop giving your hard earned money to the input folks.
Mark Bader of Free Choice Enterprise will speak about animal health and the im- portance of minerals. If your animals don’t perform, it does not matter how much grass you grow.
Cost: $600/person or Couples $400/person. Lunch included each day. Send payment to: Bear River Valley Beef, 4415 Upper Bear River Rd, Ferndale, CA 95536. A deposit of $100/person will also secure your place in our class.
Ian has been practicing Holistic Management for 20 years on his ranch in South Africa. He has made mistakes and wishes to share with Ranchers and Farmers how to avoid these costly mistakes He teaches Farmers and Ranchers how to FEED the whole – Grass,Animal,Soil surface,Sub soil,using animals at High and Ultra High Stock Density (Mob Grazing).
At the 3 day conference you will learn:
How to start (simplified grazing planning,learning how to fill in the Grazing chart) How to maintain and improve Animal performance.
Reduce inputs. Reduce the effects of Drought Reduce the effects of Floods. Grow more grass. Grow better grass to capture more Energy.
Produce more pounds of beef/lamb per acre. Plan and improve Profits. Add value to cover-crops,with the inclusion of animals.
Energy is Money, Money is Energy, Time is Money, Water is Money
Any supplementation given to Livestock, is a crutch to help you through a change, be it Environmental or Physical. It is to make sure you do not loose animal performance, while you the manager and animals, are going through a learning curve.
There is increasing evidence, that since the advent of barbed wire, we have managed in such a way that we have reduced effectiveness of our soils. The result being the plants growing on those soils, do not capture the amount of Energy from the Sun, which used to be captured. The loss of these plants is not as dramatic as we thought it might be, as Nature knew we were going to mess up and the seeds of those good En- ergy capturing plants are still in and on the soil.
We need to change the Environment at soil surface level. This can be achieved with livestock, by emulating what happened in the past, before man intervened with a rifle and barbed wire.
Some of the things we have learnt are:
1.The bigger the herd, the better the animals do, the quicker the soil is restored. 2. The more Carbon/plant material trodden onto/into the soil, the better soil does. 3. We need to manage the livestock to make sure the soil is covered with growing plants or litter, to keep soil at more constant temp. & feed life in the soil.
4. We also know that selection of grazing makes animals perform (fat).
5. This is all achieved with Time and Timing.
If you do not get animal performance you will go broke!