Dunn County pasture walk to highlight soil and water quality

PASTURE WALK — Doran and Mariann Holm and their family will open their Elk Mound farm to the public June 13 for an event geared at educating about the benefits of grazing for the Red Cedar Watershed. —photo submitted

ELK MOUND – A Dunn County farm family will open their farm to the public June 13. Doran and Mariann Holm invite consumers to visit their farm for an up-close look at grazing practices area farmers are implementing to protect the Red Cedar watershed. This family-friendly event will include a chance to see farm animals, learn about the benefits of raising cattle on pasture and hear how farmers are working closely with other stakeholders in the watershed to improve the water quality for future generations. The event, which kicks off at 6pm, is being co-organized by River Country RC&D and Wisconsin Farmers Union.

 Attendees of all ages will be able to take part in interactive learning stations focused on 1) how grazing impacts biodiversity and soil health on the farm 2) what impact that in turn has on the watershed and 3) how key partnerships and cooperatives are advancing grazing and other conservation efforts.

“Our county has farmers, citizen groups and local governments working together to build a common vision and find practical solutions to water quality concerns in the Red Cedar region,” said Wisconsin Farmers Union Executive Director Tom Quinn. “This pasture walk is a chance for folks to get out on a farm and see first-hand how managed grazing is having a major impact in improving water quality and soil health.”

The Holms are first generation farmers who purchased their farm in 1998. Their six now-grown daughters were integral to their grass based organic dairy farm, Holm Girls Dairy. Today, a custom organic heifer raising business has replaced the dairy and an NRCS funded hoop house is a brand new enterprise that is engaging the Holms’ two youngest children, Danny and John.

Doran works for Organic Valley, a farmer-owned cooperative based in La Farge. Mariann is an organic crop and livestock inspector and has been instrumental in connecting local women farmers through the networking group, West Central Wisconsin Women in Agriculture. Mariann also serves on the Wisconsin Organic Advisory Council and as a board member of the Menomonie Market Food Co-op.

Snacks will be provided. The farm address is E10025 690th Ave., Elk Mound. Please RSVP at www.wisconsinfarmersunion.com/upcoming-events. For more information, call Mary C. Anderson at 715-579-2206. Learn more at www.wisconsinfarmersunion.com or www.rivercountryrcd.org.

Graze River Country is a joint effort of Wisconsin Farmers Union and River Country RC&D. Find the latest event details at www.wisconsinfarmersunion.com or www.rivercountryrcd.org

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