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 Event co-sponsored by Pheasants Forever
Montevideo, Minn. - July 07 -

Grass-based farming, bird habitat and local food will be the focus of a special 'Hooves & Wings' Farm Field Day at Moonstone Farm west of Montevideo, Minnesota on Thursday, July 9th at 4:30 PM. This field day will feature walking tours led by Moonstone Farm's Richard Handeen and Audrey Arner, who over the past several years have converted their operation from annual, row-crop agriculture to a system that relies on perennial plants such as grass. Benefits from this diversified, grass-based farm include improved wildlife habitat, cleaner water and carbon sequestration.

Regional birding experts will be on hand to provide a firsthand look at specific ways a farm like Moonstone can benefit wildlife and the environment in general. In addition, there will be a presentation on how federal initiatives like the Conservation Stewardship Program can reward farmers for practices that improve the environment.

There is no charge for this event, which will feature a supper consisting of locally produced foods. A free-will offering will be taken to cover the cost of the meal. This event is sponsored by the Land Stewardship Project, Pheasants Forever and the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota.

Attendance is limited for this event and pre-registration is required. To reserve a spot or for more information, contact the Land Stewardship Project's Montevideo office at (320) 269-2105 or email Tom Taylor, Community Based Food Systems Organizer for the Land Stewardship Project, at ttaylor@landstewardshipproject.org. To view a map to Moonstone Farm, please visit www.prairiefare.com/moonstone/contact.html.

Anthony Hauck (651)209-4972 AHauck@pheasantsforever.org

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