Last week marked a few SFA “firsts” I’d like to share. Kent Solberg, SFA’s Livestock & Grazing Specialist, spoke at a Sleepy Eye, Minn., “Soil Health and Livestock” presentation on March 28, marking the first meeting SFA has coordinated in Southwest Minnesota for several years. Co-sponsored by Brown County Soil and Water Conservation District and Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources, the meeting brought out both new and seasoned soil health practitioners.
Kent was as part of a team of presenters at soil health workshops in Comfrey earlier that day and in Marshall the next day. Sponsored by NRCS, Redwood-Cottonwood Rivers Control Area, GLCA and MN Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the events headlined Dave Brandt, an Ohio farmer and soil health pioneer. Participants brought soil clods for slake tests and packed the meetings.
Another “first” – April 1st found the Southeast SFA chapter holding its annual meeting in St. Charles, with keynote speaker Jim Riddle. The business meeting resulted in a chapter name change to the “Driftless Chapter.” I look forward to learning more about food and agriculture production in this incredible part of the region.
The month ended with another “first” when the SFA Board of Directors, staff and consultants together contributed $3,125 towards the $25,000 Grazing Project matching grant campaign. Contributions to date exceed $7,000 and I’m aiming to hit the $10,000 mark by Earth Day – April 22. Help us meet our match and foster Soil Health principles, including adding livestock to the landscape. Click here to give to the SFA matching grant campaign today.