LGLCI Hosting Louisiana Farms Bus Tour in May

From way up north in Pioneer, LA, to the rolling hill country of East Feliciana, all the way west to Cajun Country, many farmers across the state of Louisiana are practicing holistic management on their farms. We hope you will be able to join us this fall as the Louisiana Grazing Lands Coalition and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service sponsor a remarkable three-day excursion as we visit six of the best holistically managed farms in the state. You will be able to meet farmers who focus heavily on soil health by implementing mob-grazing, cover crops, silvo-pasture, prescribed burning, and practice low-stress stockmanship. 

We will load the bus in Alexandria, LA on Wednesday, May 9th at 7:00 a.m. We will then head to Pioneer, Louisiana to Cliff and Karen Vining's Farm where we will see the effects of unrolling hay versus hay rack feeding and the distribution of the nutrients plus a lot more. Then we will travel to Ted and Melissa Miller's dairy farm in Baskin where they rotationally graze approximately 450 milk cows and 600 head of replacements and bulls on 1200 acres of pasture. Then we head to Natchez, Mississippi to eat dinner and stay the night. The next morning, we will travel to Cooper & Katie Hurst's Angus based cow/calf operation, Hunt Hill Cattle Company.  At their farm we will see how he uses multi-species cover crops and mob-grazing to promote healthy soil. Next stop, we will see the land of brothers Wedge and Sammy Barthe, who are the fourth generation of their family to work the land of Richland Hill Plantation in East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. We will wrap up day two in Morganza, LA at Four Oaks Farm and enjoy their freshly caught, quality crawfish at a crawfish boil. We will spend the night in New Roads. On day three, we will head to Eunice where Vernon Fuselier and his son Justin have grown prairie native grasses on their land for several years. Our last farm stop will be in Ragley, LA where for ten years, Dave Daigle with Bunchs Creek Longleaf Tract has used prescribed burning and grazing to restore the longleaf pine habitat. There's lots to see and learn on these farms, and we hope you come along for the ride! 

To read more about the farmers and stops, click here.