PASTURE WALKS

Learn from fellow farmers about the benefits and challenges of managed grazing, such as equipment, seeding rates, livestock care, cost-sharing, and more.  Our grazing specialist will be there to answer your technical questions!

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2020 Pasture Walks

With great caution, we will be proceeding with pasture walks this summer.  We are not encouraging people to travel far from home, and limiting the scope of promotion. We should be able to attend and host these events safely as they rank very low on the risk level charts.  We are doing short events, outside, with hand sanitizer and masks on hand, while utilizing fence posts to measure and maintain social distance.

That being said, they will be attended at your own risk and comfort.  They may also be cancelled if conditions require it - state/county mandates change or with host comfort.

Please feel free to share and contact grazing planner, Rachel Bouressa, with any questions.

We would like to thank our farm hosts, as well as our collaborating partners for their work with us for these events!

Multi-Species Grazing
Tuesday, June 24th, 2020 

6:00-8:00 PM
The G Farm

Hosts: Kim and Justin Duell

9328 Manu Rd

Larsen, WI

The G Farm has designed a silvopasture system that rotates chickens, pigs, and cattle through 27 acres with thousands of trees and bushes that they planted.

Water Quality Pasture Walk

Thursday, July 9th, 2020 

5:30-8:00 PM
Grayson Grass Farm

Hosts: Pat and Paul Onan

9659 Grayson Rd
Amherst Junction, WI 

Paul and Pat Onan welcome you to their organic, pasture-based dairy farm, where you'll have the opportunity to learn about managed grazing and its benefits to water quality. We'll be doing an introduction and demonstration, then taking a short walk out into the pastures. Wear comfortable walking shoes that you don't mind getting dirty.

Regenerative Management

Thursday, July 16th, 2020 

6:00-8:00 PM
Boerson Farm

Hosts: Danielle and Mat Boerson

W995 Brooklyn J

Green Lake, WI

Boerson Farm is a 69 acre diversified operation. They produce certified organic produce, pasture-raised eggs, and 100% grass-fed and finished beef.  They sell direct at 2 local farmers markets and through a CSA program.

Silvopasture System

Thursday, September 9th, 2020 

1:00-3:00 PM

Host:Steve Rosenow
E9451 Kanaman Rd 
New London, WI

Steve Rosenow raises hereford cattle on a mix of pasture/silvopasture. The silvopasture was originally done though a SARE grant by thinning and converting 30 acres of a spruce and pine plantation previously in managed forest. 

Organic Dairy

Thursday, September 9th, 2020 

1:00-3:00 PM

Murraydale Farm
Hosts: Elizabeth and Jeremy Nennig

N5791 Murray Rd 
Ogdensburg, WI

Murraydale Farm is a certified organic dairy  that milks 40-45 cows, and also raises 20-25 heifers and 5-10 steers on 90 ac of pasture and 265 ac total farmland . They focus on soil health/fertility and genetics with the intention of going 100 % grass fed. 

Find out more:

Contact us!  

Rachel Bouressa, Grazing Planner

Golden Sands RC&D Council, Inc.

Rachel.Bouressa@goldensandsrcd.org

715-343-6215 ext. 706

Past Events:
Waupaca County

Evening on the Farm - Sunset Pasture Walk

Demonstrations, Discussions and Pasture Tour.

September 19, 2019

5:30pm - 8:00pm

Bouressa Family Farm 

N3775 Ritchie Rd

New London, WI 54961

Evening Events:
Rainfall Simulator: The rainfall simulator demonstrates how different agricultural practices affect water infiltration, runoff, erosion and water holding capacity. You’ll be able to see the relationship and begin to understand these properties and their impact to your ground and surface waters.
Pasture Walk: Bring your boots and walk the pastures!  See rotational grazing in practice: daily moves, fences, and water.  Learn how managed rotational grazing is a regenerative agricultural practice which enhances, water quality, soil health, pollinator & wildlife habitat and carbon sequestration.
Dinner and Discussion:  Enjoy a light dinner and meet area farmers.  We will be inviting and recognizing many farmers doing great things in our area.  Discussion will focus on the important role of policy makers, community leaders, and especially consumers in supporting conservation agriculture.

 

OPEN to all - anyone who drinks water and eats food is welcome!
$5/person (children under 12 free) 
Bring the family and a chair or blanket for dinner seating.
Please RSVP by September 12th so that we can plan for the meal.
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Rachel Bouressa: Grazing Planner, Golden Sands RC&D
Email: rachel.bouressa@goldensandsrcd.org
Call: 715-343-6215 ext. 706

Green Lake County

Thursday, June 13, 2019

10:00 am - 12:00 pm 

Honey Creek Farm

W1532 Bluffton Rd.
Green Lake, WI 54941

Join us at Honey Creek Farm for a pasture walk! Located 4 miles north of Green Lake, you can learn about Jim Quick's grass-fed beef and gourmet garlic production.

Juneau County

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Paradise Found Farm

W10581 Bell Rd
Camp Douglas, WI 54618

Join us at Paradise Found Farms for a pasture walk! Paradise Found Farms is a family-run multi-species grazing operation, located in the beautiful hills of Wisconsin. Come learn about their approach to managing goats and cattle. Light lunch to follow.

Waupaca County

Winter Grazing Pasture Walk

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

10:00am -12:00pm

 

Maple Valley Farm

Justin and Kendra Seeger

E5944 County Road G

Marion WI 54950

Join us to learn more about utilizing alternative forages and cover crops to achieve year round grazing in Wisconsin and why it can be a low cost alternative to feeding hay. 

Seegers have over 200 acres planted into a variety of forage and cover crops with the intention of year round grazing for their beef herd. Forages utilized include: Italian rye, corn with a 14 way cover crop cocktail, cereal rye, and a sorghum based cover crop cocktail mix. 

 

For additional information, please feel free to contact:

Derrick Raspor - derrick.raspor@wi.usda.gov

Rachel Bouressa - rachel.bouressa@goldensandsrcd.org

Portage County

Thursday, June 27, 2019 

1:00-3:00 PM
Hosts: Carl and Carol Flaig

5417 County Road M

Junction City, WI 54443

Please join us for an early afternoon pasture walk featuring the Flaig organic dairy operation.
Our hosts are Carl and Carol Flaig, along with their current DGA intern, Rylie Elvers. The Flaigs took over the farm from Carl’s parents in 1982 and started managed grazing in 1995. They became organic in 2015. Carl is an outstanding grazing manager and has consistently risen to the challenges of dealing with flat and wet pastures, which have been an increased challenge in recent years with the wet weather their area has had. The Flaig farm consists of 350 acres of grazing and hayland
acreage. The Flaigs milk a cross-bred herd of 65 dairy cows and have additional replacement youngstock. Carl has worked closely with the NRCS and WI DNR over the years and has developed partnering agreements for improvements on their farm and use of public grazing lands in exchange for excellent conservation efforts on the Flaig Farm. The Flaigs have always been very concerned about conservation and had incorporated conservation efforts into their farming practices even before they began working with NRCS and the DNR. Their farm borders DNR land and the Flaigs have a partnering agreement with the DNR to graze that DNR land.
Please join us rain or shine for an informative event! Snacks will be provided by Organic Valley.

We are proud to partner with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), County Land & Water Conservation Departments, the Grazing Land Conservation Initiative, Wisconsin Farmers' Union, and UW-Extension offices to plan and implement successful grazing systems throughout Central Wisconsin. 

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Contact us:

715-343-6215

info@goldensandsrcd.org

This organization is an equal opportunity provider.

Location: 

1100 Main St Suite 150, Stevens Point, WI 54481