Stoney Creek Farm, Redwood Falls, Minn., is hosting a three-day Soil Health Academy from June 23-25.
The southwestern Minnesota farm, owned and operated by Grant and Dawn Breikreutz, is known throughout the region for growing diverse, nutrient-dense food and for helping educate farmers about regenerative agriculture.
The Breikreutzs operate more than 1,200 acres of cropland and pasture.
Soil Health Academy schools feature instruction by Ray Archuleta, Gabe Brown, Shane New, Allen Williams and other consultants, all of whom are recognized as innovators and advocates of today’s soil health and regenerative agricultural movement.
“Stoney Creek Farm is an ideal outdoor classroom for the school because the regenerative practices and principles that Grant and Dawn use every day can be seen and experienced in a real-life setting by the students who attend,” New says.
According to New, the school features a mix of soil health and regenerative agriculture classroom presentations, in-field exercises and demonstrations. All are designed to provide a foundation of understanding regenerative principles that attendees will be able to implement in their own operations.
Specifically, participants will learn the principles of soil health and adaptive stewardship; restoring ecosystems through adaptive grazing; making grazing profitable; successful marketing strategies for enhanced net margins; nutrient management; designing cover crop mixes; farm economics; and whole farm planning.
The Breitkreutz family has hosted numerous on-farm regenerative agriculture workshops over the years.
“The upcoming SHA school represents another great opportunity to share our experiences and help other farmers make the transition to a more profitable and fulfilling farming business model,” Dawn says. “At an especially challenging economic time in agriculture, we believe regenerative agriculture offers significant opportunities to improve overall profitability.”
By implementing regenerative agricultural principles, Stoney Creek Farm has reduced its input costs for chemicals, synthetic fertilizers and seed, Dawn says. Plus, the family has created a meat sales enterprise, operated by their daughter, Karlie and her husband Cody. Their company, Ten Creek Range, provides direct sales to customers in local communities.
“We have been on our regenerative path for 15 to 20 years now and have seen such an improvement to both our pastures and farm fields,” Dawn adds. “We know what a difference regenerative agriculture has made for us and we know others can make the transition successfully, too.”
Tuition for three days is $1,275 per person and includes all classes, digital course materials and lunches. Full-time college students will receive a $200 discount.
Registration is available online at the Soil Health Academy’s website. To learn more, call 256-996-3142.