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Farm tour setfor Sept. 26

KERKHOVEN -- On Sept. 26, the Land Stewardship Project and Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota will host a farm tour at Pastures A' Plenty to demonstrate how working family farms can help reduce global warming and supply the community with healthy food with the use of a grass-based farming system.

This event will start at 2 p.m. with a farm walk led by Jim VanDerPol to explain the grass-based farming system. There will be a demonstration on how to construct a rolling chicken house station, a presentation on nitrate-free brats, a local foods dinner and a discussion about the positive impacts that grass-based farming can have on global warming and the work that he is doing at Swan Lake Research Farm and the soils lab in Morris.

Pastures A' Plenty is about 9 3/4 miles north of Clara City, or 1 1/4 mile south of Highway 40 on Chippewa County Road 2. The address is 4075 & 4077 110th Ave. N.E. in Kerkhoven.

Pastures A' Plenty is a sustainable grass-based pork, chicken, beef and replacement dairy cattle operation owned by Jim and LeeAnn VanDerPol. Contact Tom Taylor at or 320-269-2105 to make your reservation.

Gelding Project offers free horse castration clinic

GOLDEN VALLEY -- Animal Humane Society, the Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition and the Minnesota Horse Council are offering a free, one-day horse castration clinic on Sept. 26 at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Lake Elmo. The goal of the clinic is to reduce the number of unwanted horses in Minnesota.

The clinic is the first in a series that will take place in different regions of Minnesota through the Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition's Gelding Project. The project was launched earlier this year by the coalition in cooperation with the Minnesota Association of Equine Practitioners. Its goal is to educate horse owners on the care of their horses by providing assistance and education to current and potential horse owners and law enforcement. The Minnesota Horse Council provided a grant for the project.

Individuals who qualify to bring a horse to the free clinic are from certified equine rescues or stallion owners who can't afford the cost of gelding, and have been invited to participate by their veterinarian or have been referred by the Animal Humane Society Humane Investigations team.

Stallions must be halter broke with two descended testicles and be in good health. Colts must be at least four months old. Procedures will be performed by University of Minnesota veterinary students under close supervision.

Interested equine rescues and stallion owners can contact Krishona Martinson at 612-625-6776 for more information on the application process. Castrations must be scheduled in advance. For more information, visit