Minnesota farm is classroom for regenerative ag school
REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. — One Minnesota farm couple is using a "regenerative" business model to keep their family farm in the black.
Redwood Falls farmers Grant and Dawn Breitkreutz are hosting a three-day Soil Health Academy school Aug. 13-15 at their 400-acre farm.
Soil Health Academy schools feature instruction by Ray Archuleta, Dave Brandt, Gabe Brown, Allen Williams and other technical consultants, all considered to be among the innovators and advocates in today’s soil health movement.
"We have been on our regenerative path for 15-20 years now and have seen such an improvement to both our pastures and farm fields," Dawn said, including increased profits, improved water infiltration and healthier soil, wildlife and livestock.
"By implementing regenerative agricultural principles on our farm, we’ve improved our bottom line by reducing input costs, including chemicals, synthetic fertilizers and seed," Dawn said.
In addition, "we see the increased wildlife, biological life in the soil, improved grain yields, and the improved health of our livestock," she said. "We have eliminated erosion and improved water infiltration, which means we now keep the water where it’s supposed to be."
But one benefit has nothing to do with economics or agronomy. "Farming is fun, challenging and rewarding again," Dawn said.
For more about the Soil Health Academy School at Stoney Creek Farm, go to www.soilhealthacademy.org .