3-day Holistic Mgt. Course for Farmers March 13-15 in Stewartville

STEWARTVILLE, Minn. — Looking for ways to increase profitability and health of the soil while improving your quality of life? Do you need practical steps for making key financial, environmental and social decisions to move your farm in the direction you hope to take it? Join the Land Stewardship Project (LSP) March 13-15 for a special Holistic Management goal-setting and decision-making course led by North Dakota ranchers Joshua and Tara Dukart.

The cost is $300 for an individual, which includes all meals and lodging at Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch in Stewartville. The cost is $200 for each additional family member. The registration deadline is Feb. 22. To register, contact LSP’s Karen Benson at 507-523-3366 or karenb@landstewardshipproject.org.

This intensive course will provide the goal-setting and decision-making tools used in Holistic Management to help farmers manage their operations effectively while minimizing risk. The Dukarts have been practicing Holistic Management on their North Dakota ranch (www.seekfirstranch.com) since 2008. They speak, teach and consult regularly to help others develop healthy, highly productive farms now and for generations to come. Throughout the three-day course, participants will receive financial planning materials, instruction and hands-on skill development, as well as the chance to network with other farmers in the area interested in making important changes to their farming operations.

“It is courses like these that help me connect the dots and put it all together,” said Paul Brown of Brown’s Ranch in Bismarck, N. Dak.