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Our Amazing Grasslands - Walkes Family ~ Avon, South Dakota

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Mary Walkes farm aerial photo

Aerial photo of Mary Walkes farm

“I had three goals with this project: Improve the land, mentor regenerative ag to others, and raise grass fed meat for my family. We are meeting two of them now, but we are not quite there with grass fed meat from our land.”
Mary Walkes

In this eight minute video, we visit with the Walkes Family in Avon, South Dakota. The Walkes detail their regenerative ag journey, starting with rotational grazing. Mary and David work with many likeminded producers trying to improve the land, and share their passion for regenerative ag through educational workshops.

The South Dakota Grassland Coalition (SDGC) partnered with the organizations listed below to enhance the Grassland Planner with a release of a short video story each month during 2023, promoting healthy soils, grasslands, and ecosystems. Please enjoy the "Our Amazing Grasslands" feature story for September 2023.

2023 Grassland Stewardship Communications Project Partners:  SDGC, Audubon Dakota, Ducks Unlimited, Partners for Fish and Wildlife, South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, The Nature Conservancy, Pheasants Forever, South Dakota Soil Health Coalition, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and South Dakota State University.

The 2023 Grassland Planner is now available!
For a PDF copy, visit:
For a physical copy, contact the NRCS State Office at (605) 352-1200.
Get the Google Calendar version at

If you missed previous "Our Amazing Grassland" stories, the links are below:
The 2023 Our Amazing Grassland stories:
January:  Ollila Family
February:  Breyer and Wollschlager Families
March:  Sander Family
April:  Fagerland Family
May:  Dutton Family
June:  Bien Family
July:  Holt Family
August:  Rasmussen-Lehman 33 Ranch

Previous years Our Amazing Grassland stories.