Advancing Soil Health Through Innovation and Education

The Menoken Farm is a conservation demonstration farm located in central North Dakota.




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Menoken Farm is a combination of natural resource education and systems approach conservation. This 150-acre demonstration farm, located just east of Bismarck, ND was established in 2009 and draws people from all over the United States and beyond. The farm is owned and operated by Burleigh County Soil Conservation District, which has offices in Bismarck, ND.

After identifying a number of resource concerns across the Menoken Farm landscape, work focused on providing these basic building blocks to improve soil health:

  • Soil armor
  • Minimal soil disturbance
  • Plant diversity
  • Continual live plant/root
  • Livestock integration

The systems approach management at Menoken Farm enhances erosion protection, sunlight harvest, plant diversity, carbon, pollinators, beneficial insects, wildlife, salinity control, livestock forage and more.

Our Mission Statement

Leading the way in soil regeneration by using the soil health principles and long-term soil monitoring through information and education. We will establish partnerships with producers and consumers to ensure agriculture for future generations.

Upcoming Events

To Be Announced!


Rain Barrels

Rain Barrels

CONSERVATION... Our Purpose. Our Passion. What is a Rain Barrel? A rain barrel is a catchment system designed...

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2020 Calendar of Events

2020 Calendar of Events

Menoken Farm Schedule – 2020Updated on August 19, 2020January 22 – Hungarian Farmer Group and Green Cover Seed   (Complete)January 28 – U.S. Fish...

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Unearthing soil’s benefits from cover crops

Unearthing soil’s benefits from cover crops

Cover crops are receiving a lot of attention by nearly everyone involved in agriculture. They are once again becoming a very versatile tool that can provide many ecosystem services while also improving a producer’s bottom line.

Cover crops are loosely defined as something planted to serve a multitude of purposes while not typically being harvested as a cash crop. One purpose that is universal to any cover crop is that it can benefit the soil. Since most of the important functions the soil performs (nutrient cycling, as well as water capture and storage, in particular) are biologically driven, cover crops can facilitate an increase in soil health in a big way.

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The Menoken Farm hosts several groups, tours and workshops each year. If the event allows, we would be happy to accommodate you. Individuals or groups who wish to join an upcoming event or schedule their own day, please contact the office at 701-250-4518 ext-3.

Darrell Oswald

District Manager

Jay Fuhrer

Lead Educator

Seth Boechler

Menoken Farm Manager

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