Where Research, Education, and Demonstration Converge to Support the Regeneration of Agriculture.

 

Our Mission:

Research

     Develop and evaluate ecologically based pest and farm management solutions that reduce disturbance and increase biodiversity in crop and livestock production.

Education

     Promote regenerative farming practices through teaching and outreach programs focused on educating farmers, the community, and the next generation of scientists.

Demonstration

     Demonstrate the feasibility of current and novel regenerative agricultural practices on a functional farm to showcase the viability and sustainability of  regenerative agriculture.

 


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If you want to save the bees, you first have to save the soil.
— Jon Lundgren, Bsc. Msc. PhD. Founder of Ecdysis Foundation

Credibility

The credibility of the Blue Dasher relies heavily on out ability to show that we can support our family and the families of our farm staff entirely from farm-generated revenues. We raise livestock, grow crops, and tend bee hives. Our lively hood depends on our success. We want to take the wind out of the argument "that may work on a research farm, but it would not work on my place." We will gladly compare our profitability to other more conventional operations. Farmers are more likely to listen to messages from someone who can demonstrate an ability to successfully implement these practices.

 

Transparency

Although Blue Dasher is a for-profit enterprise, our mission is to help promote the regenerative agriculture movement. We strive to be financially solvent while farming in a sustainable way. We know how important transparency is to everyone and it is something we pride ourselves on. We believe that transparency is a trait that is hard to come by in these modern times and as we move forward we make it perfectly clear which direction we are going. We thoroughly go over our practices with the public at our events we host, and we are happy to answer any questions the public may have. You can contact us through the contact page on this website.

 

Vision

We can grow food AND conserve the environment. That is our vision. Blue Dasher Farm is well situated for investigating the practices and farming systems that are adapted to the northern plains and upper Midwest. Over the next several years, we will expand our Deuel county South Dakota farm 50 to a few hundred acres. Simultaneously, we hope to establish a network of research, education, and demonstration farms throughout the country that will promote our mission while accounting for different geographical variations and circumstances.