Welcome to GrassWorks!
We're glad you're here.
GrassWorks is a grassroots membership organization that provides leadership and education to farmers and consumers for the advancement of managed grass-based agriculture to benefit present and future generations. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, GrassWorks links farmers with the resources they need to be successful graziers.
Managed Grazing is an economically and environmentally sound method of livestock agriculture. For nearly thirty years, managed grazing has been a foundation of the sustainable agriculture movement in the upper Midwest and we are proud of the role that GrassWorks has played in its development. We provide leadership, education and resources for grass-based farmers and regional organizations that support graziers.
31st Annual Grazing Conference
ATTENDEE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN - click HERE to register!!
February 2-4, 2023
Chula Vista Resort
Transitioning to the Next Generation
A note from Executive Director, Jill Hapner
In April of 2012, I was asked to step into the role of GrassWorks Executive Director. The position was intended to be temporary, very part-time and to provide stable transition in a period of waning annual funding. My “temporary” position stretched to 10+ productive years and I am now excited to announce my retirement in the coming months.
This is an exciting time for GrassWorks because funding opportunities for managed grazing education and technical assistance have greatly increased. So, this is the ideal time for our organization to transition again; this time by filling a full-time permanent Executive Director position. It is my honor to assist with the transition and pass on my dedication to the mission of this organization to the next generation of leaders and innovators.
It has been my great honor and privilege to serve as Executive Director of GrassWorks for the past decade. I am proud of the organization we are today and the impact we’ve had, working with hundreds of outstanding people, groups, and networks to advance our mission. GrassWorks in 2022 represents the collective efforts of a dedicated board of directors and innovative advisors and partners who have inspired us to think creatively and explore new directions. I could not be more excited about what’s next for this remarkable organization.
Thank you to the Steinke Family for hosting our picnic & pasture walk
What a beautiful late July day to enjoy a pasture walk, presentation by Dale Gentry of the Audubon Society of Minnesota, a great meal, music and more!
GrassWorks Board member, Ashly Steinke, and his family have restored many acres of wetlands, planted trees and prairies, and are continually doing their best to encourage biodiversity on their farm near Cornell, Wisconsin.
Ask a Grazier!
Do you have a grazing question or conundrum? Or maybe you have some advice or experience to share.
Ask-a-Grazier Groups provide a resource for more information about fencing, water, soil health, animal health, seeding, forage, funding and programs, direct-marketing, local networks, etc.
Insight and answers will be provided by the GrassWorks grazing community: members and advisors, as well as agency and university affiliates.
Wisconsin's rainfall simulator is a tool used to teach soil health principles to landowners, farmers, and the general public.
Grassland 2.0 is a collaborative project involving producers, researchers, policy makers and supply chain players working together to create a pathway toward a regenerative food and farming system that delivers stable profits for farmers, rural community vitality and protection of the ecosystem on which we all depend. Grassland 2.0 seeks to reshape Midwestern agriculture as a perennial, livestock-integrated, grazing-based system in the image of the original native prairies (Grassland 1.0).
To do this, we need your help! We are taking an integrated approach, working to develop technical and financial tools, expand grass-fed markets, cultivate positive institutional policy changes, and empower producers and consumers to make that vision a reality. Your ideas will fuel this transformation! Please take a minute to share your ideas via this link: www.grasslandag.org
If you have questions, or would like more information on the Grassland 2.0 project, reach out anytime to our Grassland 2.0 outreach coordinator Laura Paine at: firstname.lastname@example.org, 608-338-9039 or 1575 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706
While you are visiting our website:
Check out Pasture Walks in your area to gain first hand knowledge from experienced graziers.
Order your Grazing Guide which explains the steps to successful grazing practices.
Order your Grazing Stick to help you decide when the time is right to move your livestock.
If you're hosting a grazing event in your area - please send us a copy to place on our Calendar of Events. Check back often to find out about local pasture walks, demonstrations, workshops or network conferences.
EDUCATION is one of GrassWorks' greatest resources. In our continued efforts to bring you, producers and consumers, the most current information on Managed Grazing. Please take a moment to browse our site. We have many educational resources (fact sheets, grazing guides, pasture sticks and articles/book titles) for you to use in the management of your operation or share with your local agency personnel or policy makers.
Meet the 2022 GrassWorks Board of Directors:
Kevin Mahalko (President), Rachel Bouressa (Vice President), Amy Fenn (Treasurer), Aaron Pape (Secretary)
Vance Haugen, Deb Jakubek, Kirsten Jurcek, Cherrie Nolden, Ashly Steinke, Melissa Weyland and Otto Wiegand