Farmmaps is a farmer-to-farmer networking tool providing case studies of landowners who have adopted agriculture and forestry practices to improve soil health, the environment, and often the grower/landowners bottom line.
Farmmaps provides an online platform for landowners, growers and natural resource professionals interested in learning about new practices, connecting with farmers/landowners with experience with those practices, and learning from their experience and perspectives as farmers/growers/landowners.
For most cases, there is a description of the case, a 1-2 page case study write-up in pdf format that you can read online or download and print, photos of the operation, contact information for the landowner, and a map and directions if you are interested in visiting the properties.
Currently we have 3 types of case studies: 1) soil health case studies (tillage, cover crops, etc.); 2) silvopasture systems which combine pasture and trees to provide improved feed for cattle and opportunities for forest management with potential economic and environmental benefits; and 3) snow fences supported by MnDOT. MnDOT pays landowners to install a structural or plant barrier to limit the impacts of blowing and drifting snow on roadways they consider problem sites.
We would like to extend a special thanks to the landowners/farmers/growers who were willing to share their experiences to help support others interested in these practices.
We would appreciate any comments you might have on Farmmaps and suggestions for improving it. You can address questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As you enter the site, there will be a map of the case studies and the right-hand column will list the cases. If you click on the map marker, that case will appear at the top of the list in the right-hand column. If you allow location services, the cases will be listed with those closest to your location being listed first.