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.

 

Conservation Field Days

Twilight Pasture Walk

Thursday, May 12

5 - 7 PM

High Meadow Farm

Johnson Creek, WI

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Twilight Pasture Walk & Rainfall Simulator Demonstration

Thursday, June 23

6 - 8 PM

Starry Nights Farm

Twin Lakes, WI

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Spring Webinars

NRCS Conservation Connections: 

A Beginning Vegetable Farmers Guide to Conservation Support and Funding through EQIP

Are you a new farmer raising vegetables and 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) through funding opportunities through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) that offer support for about 200 practices, including high tunnels, cold storage and more.  Farmers will share their NRCS program experience along with next steps to connect with resources to support you to be ready to apply.

Minnesota session

Wisconsin session

 

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.

Minnesota

Wisconsin  

Webinar Slides Only / PDF

Webinar Slides Only / PDF

Webinar Recording

Webinar Recording:

 

 

 

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Emerging Farmers Conference


 

Outreach Coordinator Team


Minnesota

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John Beaton

Fairhaven Farm
Saginaw, MN
[email protected]

KaZoua Berry

Big River Farms
St. Paul, MN
[email protected]

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Katie Kubovick

Prairie Smoke Gardens
St. Paul, MN
[email protected]

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Moses Momanyi

Dawn2Dusk Farm
Cambridge Minnesota

[email protected]

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Brett Olson

Renewing the Countryside
Zumbro Falls, MN
[email protected]

Zach Paige

Sustainable Farming Association
Vergas, MN
[email protected]

Xiong Thao 

The Good Acre
Falcon Heights, MN
[email protected]

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Noreen Thomas

Doubting Thomas Farm
Moorhead, MN
[email protected]

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Kathy Zeman

Simple Harvest Farm Organics
Nerstrand, MN
[email protected]

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Dan Zimmerli

Cedar Crate Farm
Kasota, MN
[email protected]

 

 

 

Wisconsin

 

 

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Mariann Holm

Holm Girls Dairy
Elk Mound, WI
[email protected]

 



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Kirsten Jurcek

Brattsett Family Farm
Jefferson, WI
[email protected]

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Lisa Kivirist

Renewing the Countryside
Browntown, WI
[email protected]

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Robert Pierce

Half the 40 Acres
Fitchburg, WI
[email protected]


Helpful NRCS links:

List of local NRCS offices.

https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/mn/contact/local/

 

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.

 

Minnesota:

https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/mn/contact/

 

Wisconsin:

https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/wi/contact/