Boots on the Ground
Pontoons & Open Farm Gates in Dodge County
March 18 | 1pm
In 2015 farmer Tony Peirick and lake shore owner Bill Boettge wanted to protect Dodge County, Wisconsin lakes and streams, but dreaded stepping into a nonpoint source work group they feared would be a shouting match. And in fact, that’s about what happened. Read More
But because Tony and Bill connected, planned pontoon rides and cover crop showcases, and cultivated respect and trust among neighbors, Tony now hosts 150 people at soil health events, the lake association pays for cover crops, projects get done, and they’re actually having fun.
On Thursday, March 18 meet Tony, Bill and Dodge County conservationist John Bohonek. Learn how their fresh thinking is opening eyes to the connection between land and water, and changing the landscape. Catch their excitement. Says Tony, “Once we got on this path, it’s been phenomenal to see what happens on farms around the county. I never thought this would happen! It’s HAS TO HAPPEN and IT IS happening.”
This Boots on the Ground live conversation series connects you to local groups working for sustainable farms and streams. Join us the third Thursday of every month. It’s free. Pre-register to receive a safe link to the conversation by email.
Neighbor to Neighbor
Building Soil, Protecting Minnesota’s Rice Creek
March 20 | 9:05am
Eleven farmers who intensively planted cover crops in Minnesota’s Rice Creek watershed since 2018 now see better stream health, fish habitat, water quality, and farm profits. Read More
Monitoring shows that cover crops on 27% of tillable acres are keeping 9000 pounds of nitrate and 200,000 pounds of sediment out of the creek every year, and neighbors are taking notice.
In this episode of Fishers & Farmers, Neighbor to Neighbor radio meet producer Tim Little, who adopted cover crops and no-till after many years farming and now wonders why he didn’t think of it sooner. And hear how Al Kraus, conservation program manager at Cannon River Watershed Partnership, is bringing structure and energy to a web of respectful shared work in one community.
Neighbor to Neighbor radio, produced with Pam Jahnke and Midwest Farm Radio Network, broadcasts live the 3rd Saturday of each month at 9:05 a.m. Listen live here or access the podcast archive below after the broadcast.