The Pasture Project works to advance regenerative grazing and grass-fed value chains in the Upper Midwest as a scalable, market-driven solution for building healthy soil, viable farms, and resilient communities. We work with farmers, land managers, public agencies, and farm member-based organizations to build resources, provide technical assistance, and remove barriers for expanding use of regenerative practices, value-chains and end markets that yield win-win outcomes for farmers, communities, and the environment.
The Pasture Project began in 2011 with the publication of Expanding Grass-Based Animal Agriculture in the Midwest, a collaborative research effort drawing from a range of animal agriculture and value-chain experts. The report explores the market, benefits, and barriers related to grass-fed beef production – outlining a clear way forward for transitioning acreage to more sustainable management through the environmental, economic, and social benefits associated with regenerative grazing systems.
Throughout its existence, the Pasture Project has been a consistent advocate for the integration of regenerative grazing into annual and perennial agricultural production systems. We use several strategies to guide our work:
The Wallace Center at Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that implements project work funded by philanthropic foundations, government grants, and private sector partnerships. The Wallace Center develops partnerships, pilots new ideas, and advances solutions to strengthen communities through resilient farming and food systems.
The Wallace Center is a unit of Winrock International. Winrock is a nonprofit organization that implements a portfolio of more than 150 agriculture, environment and social development projects in over 40 countries. Winrock works to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity and sustain natural resources.