Log Cabin Livestock Farm Day

Log Cabin Livestock Farm Michigan

Healthy Soil, Multi-Species Grazing & Effective Water Systems

Saturday, September 21, 2013
Log Cabin Livestock Farm
N 4632 ET Rd.
Traunik, MI

Our Log Cabin Livestock Farm Day is part of HMI’s new Open Gate On-Farm Learning Series. Open Gate is an action-based approach to learning. At the Log Cabin Livestock Farm Day you’ll see how fellow Michigander land managers are positively impacting pasture productivity and soil health through multi-species grazing. You’ll also learn how to build effective water systems that are easy to manage and can improve animal health.

  • Learn  how planned grazing positively  impacts soil health
  • Learn simple techniques to monitor soil health and pasture productivity
  • Learn about livestock watering options and how to develop simple and easy watering systems
  • See how the Log Cabin Livestock Farm benefits from grazing management
  • Spend time with other like-minded producers, agricultural professionals, and organizations  who are seeking new solutions for sustainable and profitable livestock production
  • Hear how Holistic Management enables producers to better manage risk, make better decisions and enjoy the benefits of sustainable agriculture.

This farm day is ideal for agricultural producers, local agency representatives, and anyone interested in sustainability agriculture.

You — and the group — have the opportunity to identify common problems and discuss common solutions in a friendly atmosphere. With experienced facilitators and producers on hand, the goal of the day is to identify and solve a current problem — and to create a forum for sharing practices, ideas, advice, and solutions to that problem.

The process: small groups of people come together to work on something that is real and current, and each person gets individual time from the others. When you leave at the end of the day, you’ll take away practical ideas on how you can increase profit, production and performance for a sustainable ranch operation.

Join ranchers, farmers and resource managers from around Michigan for this action-based learning day— and take home some new tips and ideas you can put to use.


All times are eastern daylight
9:30 Arrival and Registration
10:30 Introductions Orientation –  Frank Aragona
10:45 The Value of Holistic Management  to Log Cabin Livestock – Ben & Denise Bartlett
11:00 Introduction to Effective Biological Monitoring and Soil Health Analysis Techniques, presentation and small group exercises – Ben & B J Bartlett
12:15 Lunch
1:30 Water Infrastructure Design Demonstration to Improve Grazing Implementation presentation and Q&A – Ben Bartlett
2:15 Forage Assessment Small Group Exercise – Ben Bartlett
3:15 Group Work to Solve Individual Farm Issues Participants are Facing & Group Discussion of Lessons Learned – Frank Aragona
4:00 Evaluation and Closing

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On-line Registration is now closed.

Advanced  registration fee is $20.00 per person/ $30.00 per couple  (includes lunch).  $25 per person & $40 per couple on-site. You can register for the farm day by clicking on the button to the right. On-line registration closes Monday, September 16. Sorry, registration fees are non-refundable. If you are unable to register online, please fill out the HMI Event Registration Form and mail along with your check or money order to:

Registration Dept.
5941 Jefferson St. NE, Ste B
Albuquerque, NM 87109


From Marquette, MI –

  • 29 miles south on US 41
  • Left or East on M94 – 16.2 miles to Eben Junction (post office)
  • Right or South on County Rd. H01 or ET Rd.  – 2.5 miles
  • 2nd place on left AFTER passing Tunteri Rd.

From Munising, MI –

  • Turn off M28 onto M94 heading West- 15.5 miles
  • At the blinking light (intersection of M67 and M94 – go STRAIGHT West through the intersection – Tunteri Rd. – 2 miles
  • At the T-corner of Tunteri Rd. and County Rd. H01 or ET Rd., turn Left or South
  • 2nd place on the left hand or East side of the ET Rd.

From Escanaba, MI –

  • Follow US2 East/US41 east 14 miles
  • Turn North (or left) on US41 – 19 miles
  • Turn right or East on MI67 – to blinker light (1/2 mile)
  • Turn left or North onto County Rd. H01 or ET Rd. -8.5 miles
  • First place on right after Cold Springs Rd.


Ben & Denise Bartlett, Owners Log Cabin Livestock Farm

Ben & Denise practice  Holistic management on their farm located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. For over 30 years they have raised sheep, stocker cattle and 3 children on their 900 acres of owned and rented land.  Currently the farm runs 360 ewes and their lambs and 200 head of cattle.   Always interested in the nuances of agriculture, both its art and its science, Ben and Denise have undertaken a variety of research trials and demonstrations on their property ranging from the quality of round bale silage to parasite resistant deworming products. Currently they are looking at the impact of grazing on soil health. Their curiosity about agricultural practices has inspired international travel in several countries over several continents.  Retired from Michigan State University’s Extension Service as livestock educator, Ben is on the board of Holistic Management International and still involved with producer education as a grazing and low-stress livestock handling consultant. Denise is a retired school librarian and middle school English teacher and is on the boards of the Alger County Soil Conservation District and the Michigan Sheep Breeder’s Association. They both serve on the local school board and have been actively involved in promoting the use of the school’s resources, from growing some of its own food to building fitness trails to monitoring its cropland.

B J Bartlett,Director of Agricultural Operations, Algonquin Farms

Algonquin Farms is a multi-species farm focused on food security, species diversity and agriculture knowledge preservation. Algonquin is a start up operation covering multiple micro-climates using cattle, sheep, goats, horses, chickens and pigs for livestock production.


Frank Aragona, Programs Director, HMI

HMI, Healthly Land, Sustainabl Future, Frank Aragona, Director of Research & DevelopmentFrank is from Albuquerque New Mexico. He brings a mixed background of entrepreneurship, scientific research, and international experience to HMI. He graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1998 with a major in History and Political Science. Shortly thereafter, Frank spent a year in Istanbul, Turkey teaching English in a small, private school. Frank then attended Michigan Technological University in pursuit of a Masters of Science in Forestry. From 2000 to 2003, Frank worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia in a small agricultural village named Tipa Tipa, located in the Mizque Province of Cochabamba. In 2004 he created a small consulting company with the mission of integrating Information Technology and sustainable agriculture. Frank’s interests and expertise include: Geographic Information Systems, permaculture, silviculture, agroforestry, mushroom cultivation, gardening, woodworking, soil science, and Holistic Management.



Our Open Gate On-Farm Learning series is partially funded by a grant from the CHS Foundation




Sponsorship Opportunities Available

The Log Cabin Livestock Farm Day offers organizations, agencies and businesses a great opportunity to network with farmers and ranchers interested in sustainable agricultural ideas, products and services. We offer a variety of Sponsorship Opportunities to connect you with our community. Please contact Matt Parrack, our Director of Development for more information.

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