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Transitioning to Grass-Based Farming' featured at Field Day Sept. 8 near Starbuck

How one farm has transitioned from row crops to pasture-systems will be the focus of a free Land Stewardship Project (LSP) Farm Beginnings farm tour near Starbuck on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information and to reserve a spot, contact LSP's Nick Olson at (320) 269-1057 or

Hosting the tour will be May Jo and Luverne Forbord, owner-operators of Prairie Horizons Farm. Over the years, Prairie Horizons has transitioned from being a conventional dairy farm to a pasture-based beef cattle operation. The Forbords will show firsthand how they are integrating perennial plant systems such as grass and trees into their operation. They will also discuss their establishment of other perennials as well as vegetables.

In 2012, LSP's Farm Beginnings program is marking its 15th year of providing firsthand training in low-cost, sustainable methods of farming. The course is tailor-made for people of all ages just getting started in farming, as well as established farmers looking to make changes in their operations. Farm Beginnings participants learn goal setting, financial planning, enterprise planning, marketing and innovative production techniques.

The 2012-2013 course, which begins this fall, still has a few spots available for its Morris, Minn., class. For more information and to register for the class, contact Olson at 320-269-1057 or see