Joshua and Tara Dukart
Joshua & Tara Dukart of western North Dakota are really good at asking questions. How good? Well, good enough to say it’s one of the reasons they call their triple-generation-operation, SEEK FIRST RANCH, where they’re raisin’ & grazin’ grassfed beef and hair sheep, direct-marketing premium meats, and homeschooling their three inquisitive-proficient children…right next door to Joshua’s parents.
As certified, international educators and facilitators, Joshua and Tara are transparent about their unexpected transformation from, “we will NEVER move back to the ranch,” to fully believing the ranch is their place for optimal healing, health, opportunity, and profitability.
This dynamic duo doesn’t see problems. What they do see are solutions waiting to be uncovered. With a knack for turning chaos into clarity, Joshua and Tara have already helped hundreds of families and teams from around the world level-up their land, relationships, and wealth through their signature REGENERATE Schools & Retreats. Join the journey at SeekFirstRanch.com.
Dr. Lundgren is an agroecologist, Director of the ECDYSIS Foundation, and CEO for Blue Dasher Farm. Lundgren’s research and education programs are helping applied science evolve in ways that foster the evolution of a regenerative food system. One of his priorities is to re-envision how science is conducted to help fuel a revolution in regenerative agriculture. He regularly interacts with the public and farmers around the world regarding ecologically intensive farming and how diversity fuels the resilience and productivity of an agroecosystem and rural communities.
Kelsey is a family-focused individual, soil & plant nerd, and a youth advocate. She received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Rangeland Management from South Dakota State University and a Master’s of Agriculture Degree in Integrated Resource Management from Colorado State University. Kelsey is a recent graduate of the first CREATE Coaching Cohort, an intensive regenerative agriculture coaching course offered by Integrity Soils; and is excited to see how her work with producers can continue to enhance their connection to consumers in an effort to re-localize more resilient food systems.
Anne Biklé is a science writer and public speaker drawing on her background in biology and environmental planning to explore humanity’s tangled relationship with nature through the lens of agriculture, soil, and food. She is particularly enthralled with the botanical world and its influence on humanity throughout history. With the help of mulches and microbes she has coaxed many a plant into rambunctious growth or nursed them back from the edge of death. Her work has appeared in digital and print magazines, newspapers, and radio and her gardening practices have been featured in independent and documentary films.
Her latest book, What Your Food Ate: How to Heal the Land and Reclaim our Health (W.W. Norton, 2022) explores connections between soil health and the health of crops, animals, and people. The book is another collaboration with her husband, geologist David Montgomery and builds on The Hidden Half of Nature, the middle volume of their Dirt Trilogy.
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Leo is a member of a four generation family ranching operation whose members include his wife, parents, and a brother who own and manage the ranch. Leo and his wife, Darla, have three children and five grandchildren, of which several are planning to return to the ranching community in the future. The ranch is a livestock operation, raising cattle on private and leased properties. Additional crops include hay and native grass seed.
Leo has represented the family and the ranch in many community activities, with substantial amounts of time devoted to livestock interests and conservation work. He continues to search for ways to enhance national food security and provide for sustainable wildlife habitat.
Megan and Ryan Green
Ryan and Megan farm and ranch in Central Montana. For the past few years, they, along with their two boys and Ryan’s parents, have been focusing on regenerative agriculture management practices to improve soil health. They have been using the virtual fence system Vence as one of the tools to accomplish this.
Cooper Hibbard grew up near Helena, MT. He studied agricultural business, rangeland resources, and Spanish at Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo, and after graduating he spent 4 years traveling the world working on ranches. He’s now the manager at Sieben Live Stock Co., where he is the 5th generation to manage the family ranch outside Cascade, MT. Aside from ranching, his other passions are good books, good music, and traveling with his wife, Ashley, and their daughter, Posey.
Derek Axten owns and operates a 12,000 acre diversified grain farm in Southern Saskatchewan with his family. He has implemented many innovative ideas to improve resilience and profitability of the family farm. While attending many workshops and conferences with his wife Tannis over the past 15 years, they met many farmers and scientists who taught them to change the way they looked at farming. This led to their journey towards soil health and regenerating their farmland. Learning about soil biology and how soil and ecosystems functions, has renewed their passion for farming, and improved the farm’s profitability.
Derek operates a no-till farm and has improved their soil health by seeding intercrops, companion crops and cover crops. Increasing the farm’s plant diversity and intensity is feeding the soil biology, which in turn is regenerating the land. Improving soil health has allowed him to reduce synthetic inputs, increase water efficiency and build organic matter. He has also implemented controlled traffic farming and grazing as part of their farming system.
The family farm has also added a food grade seed cleaning facility and flour mill at their farm site. This is an exciting venture that allows them to sell direct to markets looking for regeneratively grown foods. The farm was also recently certified Regenified at the tier 5 level.
Mitchell Hora is a 7th generation SE Iowa Farmer and the Founder/CEO of Continuum Ag, a soil health data intelligence company. Continuum Ag launched the TopSoil Tool in 2020 to help farmers document and improve their soil health. The team has expanded across the world and is a leader in the new carbon intensity movement. Mitchell and his father have used no-till since 2013 on their 700ac row crop farm. For his efforts, Mitchell has been named to the Forbes Under 30 list, AgGrad 30 Under 30 list, and is a Soil Health Champion via the National Association of Conservation Districts.
Todd Barkley is a 4th generation farmer and rancher. Todd graduated from Baker High School in 1990 and from Dickinson State University in 1995 with a B.S. is Elementary Education. In 1996, Todd and his wife Molly moved back to the family farm in Baker, where in 1997 they leased the original Barkley ranch along with other neighbors properties. Todd and Molly have four children, Seth, Haylee, Sayge, and Haddie. In 2021 Todd and Molly built a “Greenhouse in the Snow” geothermal greenhouse and created “Barkley’s Home Grown LLC” to sell the products raised on their farm and ranch, as well as home grown maple syrup from Haylee’s in-laws from Wisconsin. Todd and Molly are fellows with MSU Bozeman’s Agrotourism and Sustainable Agriculture Study Group, and are dedicated to promoting regenerative agriculture in their community. Through showcasing nontraditional agricultural enterprises such as the greenhouse, agritourism, and regenerative agriculture, Todd and Molly are building a pathway for younger generations to have a future in agriculture.
Larry Johnson has been running his family farm in Kremlin, Montana since high school. After decades of farming with conventional practices and witnessing the effects of agricultural production on the environment and his local community, he began attending soil health meetings with NRCS. Since then, he has become a passionate supporter of regenerative practices, moved to no-till in 1994, and is in the process of shifting his farm to 100% regenerative practices. This journey is the most excited he has been about farming in his life!
Shawn grew up on a family farm east of Conrad, Montana in the heart of the Golden Triangle. He moved to Havre, went to college, and after some time being a mechanic he found himself back on a farm where he has been for 14 years. Five years ago, Shawn, along with some great neighbors, decided there must be a better way and started their journey down this path.
Alec McIntosh farmed in Havre, Montana for 50+ years. The first 45 years, he “did everything possible to destroy our land, utilizing the information we have available to us”. Five years ago, Alec went to a soil health meeting and learned that there was or should be biology in the soil that was capable of running the show, starting his journey of understanding the biology in the soil and trying to improve soil health.
Steve has been around cattle in one capacity or another since the age of ten. His Epiphany moment came in 1999 while recovering from a ranching injury. The resulting refocusing of his energies into learning about soil, plant, animal and human health since that time have led him to: some very old books; like minded thinkers and mentors; on farm experiments with soil fertility, and numerous speakers and conferences over the past twenty-four years. From the Weston A. Price and Carey Reams philosophies for human health to Maynard Murray, Jerry Brunetti, Dr. Richard Olree, Gearld Fry, Will Winter and the teachings of numerous authors of yesteryear; Steve has extrapolated those learned principles of nature onto his own ranch-land and animals and to help others make similar improvements on their ranches and with their families health. Steve owns Tailor Made Cattle. You can reach him at… firstname.lastname@example.org 208-315-4726 www.tailormadecattle.com
Joel Williams is an independent plant and soil health educator and consultant who has worked extensively in Australia, Europe and Canada where he is currently based. He has a keen interest in agroecology, plant nutrition and plant and soil microbiomes and how these may support the development of sustainable production systems. Joel has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science specializing in plant and soil dynamics and an MSc in Food Policy where he explored motivations and barriers to the adoption of intercropping. Joel has a passion for teaching and sharing a combination of scientific and practical information and has lectured to farming audiences internationally.