Soil Health & Watershed Groups

Sauk Soil & Water Improvement Group

South Central Wisconsin

Sauk Soil & Water Improvement Group.1


Contact: Justine Bula - Education Coordinator, Sauk County Land Resources and Environment Department

Phone: (608) 355-4842

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Mission Statement: Improving soil health and water quality through regenerative agricultural practices and education to build resilient family farms and thriving rural communities

Vision Statement: Healthy soils, clean waters, and thriving communities supported by resilient family farms.

Goal 1: Measure and increase adoption of regenerative practices and management systems that
improve soil health and water quality.

  • Objective 1.1: Conduct an annual farm practice survey and present results.
  • Objective 1.2: Implement a cost-share program to fund…. the integration of livestock on cropland; harvestable buffer (>35’) around riparian areas; regenerative system implementation; no-till; testing
  • Objective 1.3: Support farmer implementation of regenerative management systems by hosting peer group (social/technical) meetings where farmers can share their successes, failures, and ideas as to better overcome the learning curve associated with the adoption of new practices/management systems.

Goal 2: Increase awareness and understanding of the impact regenerative management systems have on soil health, water quality, and farm resilience

  • Objective 2.1: Host an annual workshop, featuring leaders of the regenerative agriculture movement as guest presenters.
  • Objective 2.2: Conduct on-farm research across 4 farms for a period of 4 years to quantify the soil health and economic impact of regenerative management systems.
  • Objective 2.3: Host 6 field days annually to demonstrate the benefits of regenerative management systems.
  • Objective 2.4: Partner with local FFA organizations to run youth agricultural education programs.

Goal 3: Develop the outreach and networking capacity of SSWIG

  • Objective 3.1: Host one annual community meeting that serves to bring together farmers and non-farmers to find common ground.
  • Objective 3.2: Create and distribute SSWIG signage and swag.
  • Objective 3.3: Design and publish a SSWIG website to serve as a point of reference for anyone interested in the group.

Goal 4: Expand SSWIGs organizational capacity

  • Objective 4.1: establish SSWIG as a 501c3 entity.
  • Objective 4.2: hold bimonthly group meetings to organize and execute projects.
  • Objective 4.3: establish administrative group roles for group members.
  • Objective 4.4: establish terms for committee members and election or nomination policies.

News & Stories

Group Sets Sights on Cover Crops, Rotational Grazing

Watershed or Service Area Map

About Us

Growing a Group:

  • Active group 5+ years
  • Book sharing
  • Farmer-led group
  • Formed a new group
  • Fundraising
  • Grant writing
  • Member-led project planning
  • Neighbor to neighbor mentoring
  • Personal invitations to neighbors to grow the group
  • Other


  • Actively participated in local watershed planning process
  • Collaboration with agriculture or conservation organizations
  • Collaboration with local ag retailers and/or crop advisors
  • Collaboration with local civic groups
  • Collaboration with local college or university
  • Other


  • Engage local schools
  • Media interviews
  • Presentation to groups
  • Promotion to media outlets
  • Social media cultivation
  • Video Development
  • Website Development
  • Other

Land & Water:

  • Bioreactors
  • Cover crops
  • Crop diversification
  • Floodplain restoration
  • Grass waterways
  • Grazing
  • Nutrient management & retention
  • Perennial crops
  • Prairie strips
  • Saturated buffers
  • Stream buffers
  • Stream restoration
  • Water retention basins
  • Wetlands
  • Other - No Till

Assessment & Data:

  • Agronomic data collection
  • Field edge data collection
  • Field walkovers
  • Stream monitoring
  • Other


  • Fishing event
  • Farm field days
  • Paddle event
  • Upstream or downstream connections/visits
  • Booth at local event
  • Other

Fishers & Famers Partnership Program Participation:

  • Workshop
  • Neighbor to Neighbor Radio Podcast
  • Boots on the Ground Online Conversation
  • Group Presentation
  • Project Tour
  • Featured in a Story
  • Featured in a Video
  • Meetings
  • None

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