Part of the Graze River Country series presented by River Country RC&D and WFU
Jordan and Adam Prindle returned to the family farm in 2012 and run it in partnership with their dad, Theron. They transitioned to organic in 2016 and ship milk from their 150-cow herd to Organic Valley. The Prindles have been crossbreeding from Holsteins to now mostly Jersey cattle.
Highlights of this walk include cost-shared lanes funded in part by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, a bridge cattle crossing, new pasture seedings and irrigated pasture with a center pivot. The farm is also home to the first commercial black walnut orchard of improved variety nut production in Wisconsin. Heifers are grazed in alleyways between the trees.
The Prindles use cover crops, mostly winter rye after corn silage, but also radish, sweet clover and sudan grass for hay and grazing. Attendees will also see the compost barn where sawdust is stirred twice daily. The compost is spread with amendments onto pastures on the farm.
The farm address is W11245 Prindle Road, Alma Center. To get there, travel 1.5 miles south of Alma Center, turn east on Prindle Road and go 2 miles. The farm is on the south side of the road across from the brick schoolhouse.
RSVP at www.wisconsinfarmersunion.com/events or to Mary at 715-579-2206.