regenerative agriculture

Up The Creek Meats - Farm to table program protects water.

Up the Creek Meats is a simple program. We connect lake associations with farmers who protect water.

By participating in Up the Creek Meats, lake associations are not only taking direct action to improve water quality on the lake they love, helping to build a new local food market that protects the water quality and quality of life in their community, but providing the highest quality meat and vegetables for their members.

Up the Creek Meats Connects Lake Associations and Farmers to Protect Water

MLR has partnered with Happy Dancing Turtle, Pine River Watershed Alliance, the Association of Cass County Lakes and Fish and Waters Conservation Fund to identify farmers in the Pine River Watershed area who have committed to farming practices that protect clean water - Up the Creek Meats. If you are in Cass or Crow Wing Counties, buy your meat directly from one of these farmers. Learn more here:

Soil Health for Clean Water

Farmer Jim Chamberlin, with Happy Dancing Turtle, takes a deep dive into regenerative agriculturte and the five soil heralth principles this guest blog, writing, "Done well agriculture heals our land, our water and our communities."

Agricultural runoff can destroy lake and river systems with siltation, and chemical surges causing algae blooms, unnatural growth of aquatic plants, decreased oxygen levels and impacts to drinking water.

But runoff is also bad for farmers. Heavily impacted fields infiltrate less water, requiring more irrigation during dry times and flooding during wetter periods. Unhealthy soils require expensive inputs of tilling, herbicide, fundicide and chemical fertilizers.

A growing number of farmers are practicing regenerative agriculture, with a focus on farming in a way that increases soil health. The costs of inputs falls, yields rise and runoff pollution is greatly reduced. But what is regenerative agriculture, and what are the five soil health principles?