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2021 Conservationist of the Year


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Chippewa SWCD presents Audrey Arner and Richard Handeen, owners and operators of Moonstone Farm. They have the privilege of organically farming at their century farm located on 240 acres of former Dakotah homeland. Audrey and Richard have a very diverse farm and over the years have installed a pond, multiple wildlife tree plantings and field windbreaks, enrolled acreage into RIM, installed cattle waterlines through EQIP and a cattle crossing through the MN Ag Water Quality program upon their certification. Their farm includes several varieties of plants and animals as well as 40 plus species of wooded vegetation. They also solely operate on solar and they practice controlled grazing. They take their lessons from the great plains and feel it is important to care for the soil and the water to the best of their ability. Congratulations to Richard and Audrey! We look forward to working with you and learning from you in the future.

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