River Country Grazing Network Upcoming Events
Saturday, June 25th, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm – Clover Valley Dairy Farm
Jerry & Shirley Wagner, N5228 Cloverdale Rd, Black River Falls, WI Phone: (715) 284-2606
Organic dairy milking shorthorns and composting (follow up from spring meeting) - Founding members of the Coulee Grazer Network and the River Country RC&D Network, the Wagner’s are leaders in the grazing and organic milk production movements. Jerry spoke about composting at our spring grazing meeting and how they utilize on-farm carbon and nitrogen sources to feed and build their soil. Come and see all the work they have done to improve their farm and meet their Dairy Grazing Apprentice.
Directions (from Black River Falls): Take Hwy C 6 miles west or from Beaches Corners travel 15 miles on Hwy C to Cloverdale Rd. Turn south; Clover Valley Dairy is the first farm on the left.
This walk is sponsored by a NatGLC Soil Health mini grant.
Saturday, July 16th, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm – Sonnentag Family Farm
Jane & Jr (Louis) Sonnentag, 13522 County Rd DD, Bloomer, WI Phone: (715) 568-5731
On-Farm Energy Audit - Jr, Jane and Family operate a grazing dairy farm. They have recently participated in an on-farm energy audit, Natural Resources Conservation Service will discuss available programs and Al Bohl, Advisor to Focus on Energy - Schools, Government and Agriculture Programs, will be in attendance to discuss the On-Farm Audit process and potential savings for your farm business.
Directions (from WI-29) from the east: Turn right onto County Rd F. Travel approximately 7 miles then turn left onto County Rd B and go approximately 4 miles. Turn left onto State Hwy 40 and go approximately 1 mile to County Rd DD. Turn right on County Rd DD and then approximately 2 miles to Sonnentag Family Farm on the left.
Directions (from WI-29) from the west: Turn left onto WI-40. Travel approximately 14 miles then turn left on County Rd DD and go approximately 2 miles to Sonnentag Family Farm on the left.
Directions (from Bloomer): Take WI-40 west of town for approximately 8.5 miles. Turn right onto Townhall Rd and go approximately 1/10th mile then turn left onto 135th Ave and go approximately 1 mile. Turn right (North) on County Rd DD and go approximately1/10th mile to Sonnentag Family Farm on the left.
Saturday, Aug 13th, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm – RavenCroft Farm
Bob & Pam Keil, 1036 Rustic Rd 3, Glenwood City, WI Phone: (715) 265-7520
Bob, a retired electrical engineer, and his wife, Pam, have always had a passion for organic farming and a vision for providing healthy food through good land stewardship. Raven Croft Farm is a 140 acre organic certified farm nestled in the hills of western Wisconsin that produce beef, lamb, eggs and oats. They have been using intensive grazing to build soils and grow high quality meat products.
Directions: (from I-94) take exit #28 (WI-128) north approx. 4.7 miles to 100th Ave. Go east on 100th Ave. approx. 1 mile then turn north on Rustic Road 3, continue approx. 4/10ths mile to RavenCroftFarm on the left.
** All members attending the annual picnic on Sept 17th will be entered into a members-only drawing. The grand prize is a $250 Mills Fleet Farm gift card, generously donated by Mills Fleet Farm. **
Saturday, Sept 17th, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm – Shadow Ridge Ranch
Randy & Liz Mittag, N6834 County Rd E, River Falls, WI Phone: (612) 964-6415
Establishing a new farm and River Country RC&D Network Annual Picnic - Randy and Liz are proud to invite you to their new farm purchased in April, 2016. They have established an intensive grazing operation for their registered polled Hereford cow calf herd on land that was previously corn, soybeans and hay. They have worked with Pierce County NRCS to help offset some of their start up costs while establishing pastureland with seeding, perimeter fences, and a water system. Come and celebrate the new farm and our annual Network Picnic!
Directions (from River Falls): Take WI-29/WI-35 out of town for approximately 1.5 miles to County Rd E. Turn left onto County Hwy-E/County Road E then go approximately 2 miles to the Shadow Ridge Ranch on the left.
To help with planning for these events we encourage you to register either through our website at www.RiverCountryRCD.org OR call (715) 579-2206
Thank you to everyone who attended our pasture walks last year!
*Sincerest thanks to our hosting producers and Network members!*
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Last updated: June 18, 2016