Local Sauk Centre farmer, Tyler Carlson, was the first in Todd County to be certified in the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP). Tyler and his wife, Kate Droske, operate Early Boots Farm, a 200-acre farm on land formerly owned by Tyler’s grandparents. Early Boots Farm is home to a herd of grass-fed and grass-finished Lowline Angus beef cattle that are grazed rotationally on diverse pasture. The pasture includes perennial grass/legume mixes, red and white pine silvopastures, and native bur oak woodlands, where prescribed grazing is used as a tool to improve biodiversity and wildlife habitat. The cattle are moved through these various grazing lands to keep the herd on fresh forages and to allow for vegetative regrowth that improves soil health and water quality.

Early Boots Farm developed a pasture nutrient management plan in tandem with a soil health program that has nearly eliminated tillage to establish the perennial pastures for rotational grazing with virtually no supplemental fertilizer purchases. They also control erosion is with an abundance of perennial forage and woodland cover.

Third Street Brewhouse is proud to partner with the MAWQCP to recognize local farmers for the great work they are doing to protect our local water resources. As a sign of our support and appreciation, we’re happy to provide each certified farmer with a Minnesota Gold sign and case of beer.

To learn more about MAWQCP, visit http://www.mda.state.mn.us/awqcp