Farm Progress

First event is Friday in Avon at Bakers' Acres.

April 6, 2016

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The Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota is hosting two demonstration events at two central Minnesota farms to learn about restoration agriculture and using keyline design principles to manage water and improve landscape hydrology.

Keyline design is a technique for maximizing beneficial use of water resources of a piece of land.

The first event will be at Bakers’ Acres, 36861 Co Rd 9, Avon, on Friday, April 8 from 6-8 p.m.

Bakers’ Acres installed 900’ of berm and swale to move water from concentrated areas out to drier hillside ridges. This field day (rain or shine) will discuss the strategy and construction process and tour the demonstration areas.


The second event will be at Island Lake Farm, 23111 State Hwy 18, Deerwood, on Friday, May 6 from 4-7 p.m.

Island Lake Farm has been researching and installing berm and swale terraces for more than a decade. This field day will include hands-on demonstration of surveying and installing a keyline terrace with a bulldozer, as well as touring other established systems.

This project is made possible with support from the University of Minnesota Extension Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships. The project offers the opportunity to explore and to demonstrate how land owners can use excess water as an asset to increase productivity and resilience by capturing and storing it high on the landscape.

The events are free. Online registration is encouraged. Visit

Questions? Contact Lisa at (320) 309-0746 or [email protected].

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