Our Work

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SFA projects

Deep Roots Farmer Development Program

Deep RootsDeep Roots Farmer Development Program is a much-needed beginning-farmer curriculum that emphasizes all three tenets of sustainability, plus provides extensive skills training. A unique aspect of Deep Roots is its commitment to community development and mentoring, a perfect fit with SFA’s Farmer-to-Farmer Network® organization.

Click here to visit our Deep Roots homepage.

Keep Cattle in Minnesota

KCIM Keep Cattle in MinnesotaA joint project of Minnesota NRCS and SFA, the mission of Keep Cattle in Minnesota is to sustain the beef and dairy industries in Minnesota while protecting our vast environmental resources. Keep Cattle in Minnesota includes a series of webinars – new and archived – sponsored by The Pasture Project.

Click here to visit our Keep Cattle in Minnesota homepage.

Midwest Soil Health Summit

MSHS_2colorThe Midwest Soil Health Summit is a two-day conference that includes presentations by innovative expert farmers and researchers on the five principles of soil health. Past speakers include Gabe Brown (twice), Jerry Doan, Richard Bieber, Dr. Wendy Taheri, Jay Fuhrer, Kent Solberg, Dr. Michael Lehman, Ryan Stockwell, and many more.

To learn more about 2016 MSHS dates and registration, as well as read about past iterations of this cutting-edge conference, visit our Midwest Soil Health Summit homepage.

SFA Annual Conference

SFA_AC_The SFA Annual Conference is our yearly signature farmer networking and educational event. Held on the second Saturday in February, the Annual Conference unites our members for learning, fellowship, food and fun in a family friendly atmosphere. There are a variety of educational sessions, culinary workshops, children’s programming, a seed swap, and an end-of-the-day social as well as plenty of time built-in for networking throughout the day.

To learn more, visit our SFA Annual Conference homepage.

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Beginning Grazier Handbook

Designed to assist the beginning grazier in designing and implementing a grazing system, SFA’s new Beginning Grazier Handbook is a FREE starting place to quickly and easily find pertinent information. Most of the resources listed include website links for additional interest-specific grazing information.

Click here to learn more and download.

Adjust 2015

Adjust logo CROPThrough paid surveys and interviews with beginning farmers, Adjust 2015 will summarize the stories of farms and farmers who have had less than desired success, or have had to make changes to their operations and plans in order to survive. This summary will be the basis for our New Farm Reality Check™ educational materials, which we will make available to beginning farmer-training courses throughout the North Central Region, as well as our own workshops in Minnesota and other NCR states.

Click here to visit our Adjust 2015 homepage.

Cover Crop Fact Sheet CROPCover Crop Fact Sheet

Written by SFA Livestock & Grazing Specialist Kent Solberg, this Cover Crop Fact Sheet is a concise resource for new and experienced farmers. To download, click here: Cover Crop Fact Sheet.


GrazeFest NEWGrazeFest is an ongoing series of educational events and field days that focus on grass-based livestock production. GrazeFest does not refer to a specific project; rather, it encompasses all SFA projects, events and efforts that follow the tenets of sustainable grass-based farm education. Learn more on our GrazeFest homepage.