Improving Farm Resilience with Native Grasses & Whole Farm PlanningWednesday, September 18, 2013 Paine Family Farm N893 Kranz Road Columbus, WI 53925
Our Paine Family 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 Paine Family Farm Day you’ll see how local land managers are positively impacting pasture productivity with native grasses, planned grazing, and whole farm planning. You’ll also learn how to monitor your soil health.
- Learn how planned grazing impacts soil health
- Learn simple techniques to monitor soil health and pasture productivity
- Learn how to land plan to improve pasture productivity and riparian area health
- Learn about grazing management at the Paine Family Farm
- Spend time with producers, agricultural professionals, and organizations who are seeking new solutions for sustainable and profitable livestock production
- Enjoy a day out on the land learning about Holistic Management and other sustainable land management practices
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 farm operation.
Join ranchers, farmers and resource managers from around Wisconsin for this action-based learning day— and take home some new tips and ideas you can put to use.
|9:30||Arrival and Registration|
|10:00||Introduction & Orientation – Frank Aragona|
|10:30||Holistic Decision Making & Paine Farm Land Planning – Laura Paine|
|11:00||Small Group Land Planning Exercise w/ Paine Farm Holistic Goal – Laura Paine|
|1:00||Field Tour, Looking at Warm Season Grasses & Building Resilience with Grazing Practices in Pastures & Riparian Areas – Laura Paine|
|2:00||Small Group Exercise on Reading the Land – Frank Aragona|
|2:30||Small Group Producer Problem Solving Exercise|
|4:00||Evaluation and Closing|
On-Line Registration is now closed, but you can register on-site.
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 Tuesday, September 10. 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:HMI Registration Dept. 5941 Jefferson St. NE, Ste B Albuquerque, NM 87109
Rain or shine event – Bring appropriate clothing and footwear
Start out going W on WI 16 2/60 W/W James St. toward Legion Ct. Turn left onto WI 60. Turn left onto CR-A. Turn right on to CR-K/CR-A. Turn left onto CR-A. Take first right on Eggert Rd. Take the first left onto Kranz Rd. Look for N 893 Kranz Rd. From the Madison area, take Hwy 151 north/east to Sun Prairie. Take the County Road N exit, go north out of town to North Bristol. Continue straight on County N to Kranz Road. The farm is on the left at N893 Kranz Road.
The Paine Family Farm is a direct-market, grass-fed beef operation near Columbus, WI. Located in a region of rich, fertile prairie soils, their 82 acres of pasture and hay are an island of continuous living cover in a landscape dominated by corn and soybeans. They use management intensive grazing to maintain a cow-calf operation with 15 to 20 British White Park brood cows. Meat animals are finished on pasture with no grain and sold directly to customers in southcentral Wisconsin. Bill and Laura started farming in 2002 and have used Holistic Management land planning and decision testing to develop their operation. Laura became a Holistic Management Certified Educator in 2005 and uses Holistic Management principles in her work as Grazing and Organic Agriculture Specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture.
Frank 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 Paine Family 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.