19th Annual GrassWorks Grazing Conference

The 19th Annual Grazing Conference, hosted by GrassWorks, Inc., will be held Feb. 13 – 15, 2011 at Wilderness Territory Resort in Wisconsin Dells. The theme is “Grounded in Grazing.”

Dr. Pat Richardson, along with other soil experts, researchers and seasoned grazers from around the region, will be featured at the event, discussing soil issues. Additional presentations will cover financial management, marketing/distribution, policy/program support, research and, as always, getting started in grazing.

On Sunday evening, Nina Planck, author of Real Food: What to Eat and Why and Real Food for Mother and Baby, will discuss the value of traditional grass-fed foods in a talk that is open to the public. A Farmer Showcase will feature local grass-fed food and grazing farmers.

John Ikerd, author of numerous books, including Crisis and Opportunity: Sustainability in Agriculture and A Revolution of the Middle will speak Monday and Tuesday. Michael Perry, nationally know humorist and author of several memoirs on life in small town Wisconsin, including Coop: A Family, A Farm and the Search for One Good Egg, will deliver a “Valentine to Farmers” on Monday night.

For the past 20 years, GrassWorks has been a hub of grazing education in the state, coordinating the annual Grazing Conference, serving as a clearinghouse for local grazing networks, and publishing resource materials on managed grazing. For more information, visit