About our mission:
The credibility of Blue Dasher relies heavily on our ability to show that we can support our family and the families of our farm staff entirely from farm-generated revenues. We raise livestock, grow crops, and tend bee hives. Our livelihood depends upon our success. We’d like to take the wind out of the argument “that may work on a research farm, but not at my place.” We will gladly compare our profitability to other, more conventional operations. Farmers are more likely to listen to messages from someone that can demonstrate an ability to successfully implement these sustainable practices.
Although Blue Dasher is a for-profit enterprise, our mission is to help promote the regenerative agriculture movement. We strive to be financially solvent while farming in a sustainable way. We intend to post a financial summary each year of our costs and revenues, providing essential information for others who are considering our way of farming. As with any new business, mistakes may happen but we will use these as essential learning opportunities. We will communicate what works, what doesn’t, and ways to move forward via blog entries and face-to-face presentations. We hope you follow along on our journey.
Dr. Jonathan Lundgren is an award-winning scientist in the fields of agroecology and risk assessment, and has strong ties with the scientific community, policy makers and regulators, and numerous farmers, ranchers, and beekeepers from around the world. Jenna Lundgren has played a strong role in improving community in Brookings, SD. Her tireless work in youth mentorship, fitness promotion, and small business development and support have given her the tools to achieve the lofty goals set forward for the farm. They stand up for what they believe is right and have made Blue Dasher a flag around which supporters of ecologically-based agriculture will rally.
We can grow food AND conserve the environment. That is our vision. Blue Dasher Farm is well situated for investigating the practices and farming systems that are adapted to the northern plains and upper Midwest. Over the next several years, we will expand our Deuel county South Dakota farm from 50 acres up to a few hundred acres. Simultaneously, we hope to establish a network of research, education, and demonstration farms throughout the country that will promote our mission while accounting for geographical variations and circumstances.
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