Grab your lunch and get ready to learn! This month, we chat with Bryan Racine of Racine Family Farm. After years of working alongside his father, Bryan has recently taken over management of the family’s grain operation in Rising Sun, MD. And, he’s doing things a little differently by implementing specific practices to help support soil health. Taking a cue from soil health guru, Gabe Brown, Bryan says, “If I don’t fail, I’m not trying hard enough.” He is excited about learning the nuances of no-till, cover cropping, water and nutrient cycling, and seed mixes, and his enthusiasm is compelling.
A participant in the Pasa / Million Acre Challenge Soil Health Benchmark Study and not afraid to try new things, Bryan is taking his desire to adapt his family’s farm to exciting new levels. Father of two boys, ages 1 and 2, working full time off-farm, and managing a grass cutting business to boot, Bryan’s insights are worth hearing.
The goal of the Million Acre Challenge is to support farmers in building healthy soils on one million acres of Maryland agricultural land by 2030. By joining the Challenge, you show your commitment to putting your boots on the pathway to a profitable, resilient future for your farm with healthy soils as the foundation.