Red Wing, Minnesota
The landscape at Earth Wisdom Farm is approximately 40 acres of rough pasture and heavily treed hillsides.
In order to restore the ecosystem we are currently modeling our grazing after the ancient migrations of large ruminants that would pass through the area thousands of years ago. This ecoregion developed and evolved with those ancient herd migrations to sustain heavy grazing over short periods of time and grow back vigorously with long periods of rest. We cycle agricultural animals with varying appetites, food preferences and disturbance patterns across the pasture at different times in order to provide as many niches as possible for bugs, microbial life, birds, fungus, mammals, amphibians and reptiles. With this model we hope to create a positive feedback loop that enriches local diversity and provides more energy for farm animals to convert each year.