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 brings together diverse people and ideas to co-create solutions that build healthy farms, equitable economies, and resilient 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.