conservation connections

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This new project amplifies outreach of conservation programs and resources to historically underserved farmers in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Through workshops, field days, webinars, and personal connections, Conservation Connections taps into a team of seasoned and experienced farmers serving as Connectors, linking underserved farmers to resources within the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Historically underserved farmer groups include African Americans, Asian, Latino, Indigenous, veterans and beginning farmers.

Conservation Connections is led by Renewing the Countryside in partnership with the Sustainable Farming Association.


Register here for upcoming field days:

Sept. 21: Conservation Connections: Women Farmers
Presented by Northern Crops Institute (Fargo, ND)

Sept. 30: Conservation Connections: Pasture Walk
Presented by Three Brothers Farm (Oconomowoc, WI)

Oct. 6: Conservation Connections: Pasture Walk
Presented by Little Red Farms (Whitewater, WI)

Using CSP to enhance conservation on grazing farms in Wisconsin 

3/10/21 Webinar Recording: 

Conservation Connections: 
A Beginning Farmers Guide to Conservation Support,
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Are you a new farmer interested in accessing resources to create a more successful farm business while benefiting the land? Join us for an informational introductory webinar on support from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) including funding opportunities such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQUIP)  and Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).  

Two options available, based on if you live in Minnesota or Wisconsin, with area farmers sharing their NRCS program experience along with next steps to connect with resources in your state.


1/13/21 Webinar Slides Only / PDF

1/13/21 Webinar Recording


1/14/21 Webinar Slides Only / PDF

1/14/21 Webinar Recording:


Emerging Farmers Conference

Outreach Coordinator Team



John Beaton

Fairhaven Farm
Saginaw, MN
[email protected]


Sarah Lindblom

Solar Fresh Produce CSA
Buffalo, MN
[email protected]


Jared Luhman

Sustainable Farming Association
Goodhue, MN
[email protected]


Moses Momanyi

Dawn2Dusk Farm
Cambridge Minnesota
[email protected]


Brett Olson

Renewing the Countryside
Zumbro Falls, MN
[email protected]


Noreen Thomas

Doubting Thomas Farm
Moorhead, MN
[email protected]


Dan Zimmerli

Cedar Crate Farm
Kasota, MN
[email protected]


Kathy Zeman

Simple Harvest Farm Organics
Nerstrand, MN
[email protected]





Mariann Holm

Holm Girls Dairy
Elk Mound, WI
[email protected]



Kirsten Jurcek

Brattsett Family Farm
Jefferson, WI
[email protected]


Lisa Kivirist

Renewing the Countryside
Browntown, WI
[email protected]


Robert Pierce

Half the 40 Acres
Fitchburg, WI
[email protected].com

Helpful NRCS links:

List of local NRCS offices.


Minnesota & Wisconsin State Directories;

These links provides MN and WI directories (by administrative area & offices) and a office list (by county & office).  There are also maps available on this link showing administrative areas and customers service teams for each state.