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Grazing workshop planned in LaFarge
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Valley Stewardship Network (VSN) will offer a new grazing workshop Sept. 27 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in rural La Farge.

Hosted at Bear Creek Farm, the new home of the Driftless Folk School, the workshop will feature hands-on learning about how grass-based, productive agriculture can support land and water conservation and protection of Driftless area trout streams.

Bear Creek Farm owner and grazer, Lowell Rheinheimer, will lead a tour of his custom rotational grazing system for organic dairy heifers along Middle Bear Creek, a Class II trout stream. Rheinheimer will highlight his pasture re-seeding and renovation projects as well as demonstrate temporary fencing techniques.

VSN Grazing Specialist Dennis Rooney will provide examples of grazing plan development and examples of cost-share funding to implement grazing plans.

Jeff Hastings with the Driftless Area Restoration Effort will lead an overview of the recent stream bank restoration project for trout habitat improvement.

Shelly Brenneman and Vicki Ramsay of Valley Stewardship Network will lead water quality monitoring and macroinvertebrate/habitat surveys in Middle Bear Creek.

Staff from the Kickapoo Grazing Initiative will provide an overview of grass-based agriculture resources and economics.

Program fee is $45 and includes a picnic lunch. Advance  registration is required. To register, please contact the Driftless Folk School at 888-587-6540 or email

For questions about the workshop, please contact VSN at 608-637-3615 or or visit