Treating the Farm as an Ecosystem

  • March 10, 2017
    9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Soil, water, and sunlight. It is from these resources that all life develops. It is also from these resources that farmers make their living. And in order to ensure both our current success and the sustainability of future generations, we must regenerate our landscapes.

Learn about how Brown’s Ranch, located near Bismarck, ND uses cover crops, zero-till, crop and livestock diversity, pasture recovery, and high density grazing as key tools to increase yield, profit, and efficiency. Their ever evolving strategies have significantly improved the mineral and water cycles, allow for 9+ months of grazing, and increase the topsoil and thereby the health of the entire farm.

Learn these replicable techniques in this full-day workshop, which will cover the following:

History of Brown’s Ranch
Soil Health: The soil beneath us is alive! There are more organisms in a teaspoonful of healthy soil than there are people on earth. Learn about:
Growing Topsoil
Cover Crop Mixes (to address resource concerns).
Armor the Soil: Keeping the ground covered at all times.
Animal Integration
Using livestock as a tool
Genetic selection, birthing dates
Benefits of species diversity
Holistic Management
Maximizing income potential through:
Stacked Enterprises
Synergy Between Enterprises

Bio:
Gabe Brown, of Brown’s Ranch, is regenerating landscapes for a sustainable future. A conventional farmer in the 90’s, Gabe is now a cover cropping and soil-building pioneer, speaking all over the world about the advantages of soil health. A North Dakota farmer with over 5000 acres in production, Gabe teaches techniques, that when applied in concert, can achieve similar success anywhere. Field trials, scientific data, personal examples, and two decades of experience back up the productivity gains. Brown’s Ranch has eliminated the use of all synthetic fertilizers, fungicides, and pesticides, they use minimal herbicide and are striving to eliminate it and they do not use GMOs or glyphosate. The results in increased production, profit, and quality of life is the very definition of sustainability.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Living Web Farms is offering select scholarships to this event, which we are co-sponsoring with Organic Growers School. If you have the means to pay full price for this event, please proceed to registration at organicgrowersschool.org. If you would like to be considered for a full or partial scholarship, please complete the form below and you will be contacted with an application to complete for consideration. Thank you!

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