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Join us for a potluck and conversation with special guest and champion of the grass-fed beef industry, Dr. Allen Williams of UnderstandingAG on October 17 (6-8pm) at Mountain Run Farm’s Camp Sedalia. This conversation will touch on the importance of building healthy soil on your farm or homestead through regenerative grazing practices.
An expert in grazing methodology and regenerative agriculture, Allen Williams expertise helps restore soil health for improved water retention, reduced runoff, increased land productivity, enhanced plant and wildlife biodiversity, and healthier food. He developed many of the original grass-fed protocols and technologies now adopted by the grass-fed sector.
This conversation will be facilitated by VABF (Virginia Association for Biological Farming) Program Coordinator Brent Wills, and will also include conversation with Ben Coleman of Mountain Run Farm, as Allen touches on local insights from the workshop earlier in the day. Brent will also discuss VABF’s partnership with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) Soil for Water project, which supports farmers and ranchers in making their land more resilient, their business more profitable and their lives better using regenerative grazing methods.
More about Dr. Allen Williams:
“Allen Williams is a 6th generation family farmer and founding partner of Grass Fed Insights, LLC, Understanding Ag, LLC and the Soil Health Academy. He has consulted with more than 4000 farmers and ranchers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South America, and other countries, on operations ranging from a few acres to over 1 million acres.
Allen pioneered many of the early regenerative grazing protocols and forage finishing techniques and now teaches those practices and principles to farmers globally. He is a “recovering academic”, having served 15 years on the faculty at Louisiana Tech University and Mississippi State University. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Animal Science from Clemson University and a Ph.D. in Livestock Genetics from LSU. He has authored more than 400 scientific and popular press articles, and is an invited speaker at regional, national, and international conferences and symposia.
Allen and his colleagues specialize in whole farm & ranch planning based on the concept of regenerative agriculture. Their approach creates significant “value add” and prepares the landowner for multiple enterprise/revenue stream opportunities that stack enterprises and acres. This approach allows for enhanced profitability and/or investment value. They routinely conduct workshops and seminars across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.”
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
COST: FREE, but we ask that you RSVP.
WHEN: Tuesday, October 17, 2023 (6-8pm)
WHERE: Mountain Run Farm (Camp Sedalia): 1228 Charlemont Rd, Big Island, VA 24526
Turn into the driveway. You will see a Show Barn on your right. Keep driving straight back to the camp. You will see other cars and people 🙂
WHO: All are welcome!
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:
– A dish to share.
– A friend (of course)!
– Your own dishware (plate, utensils, etc).
– A lawn chair or picnic blanket.
– Kids are welcome but they must be attended by an adult.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS AN OUTDOOR EVENT BUT THERE IS SHELTER IN CASE OF RAIN.
Mountain Run Farm, (Camp Sedalia) 1228 Charlemont Rd, Big Island, VA 24526
Owned by Ben and Carly Coleman, along with the extended Coleman Family, Mountain Run Farm has pioneered direct-to-consumer sales of pasture-based meats for many years. Located in Bedford County, Virginia they have been on a journey to heal the land and in turn pass the healing onto their customers. They serve the Bedford community and surrounding area with farm-born, farm-raised, grass-fed (grass-only!) beef, and pastured lamb, specializing in closed herd genetics, mob grazing and chemical free farming practices.
As founding members of Land & Table, Ben and Carly have played, and continue to play, a key role in community building, mentoring, and providing leadership for the regional local food movement.