Gary Zimmer was a farmer, teacher, and agricultural consultant.
And Don Faber was a businessman who'd traveled the world and believed in the concepts of agriculture that Gary
Zimmer, Gilbertson and Kurschner had already been partners in an agricultural company that focused on composting.
"As we move agriculture into the 21st century," says Gary Zimmer
, "we remain biological farmers, our goal is to mineralize and balance our soils to provide healthy food and feed, and sustain healthy, profitable farms.
We're excited about the opportunities that we are presented with every day.
We're growing, we're expanding, but we remain focused on our objective of profitable, successful and healthy farming."
Gary Zimmer, president, Midwestern Bio-Ag
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Gary Zimmer, Madison, WI, is a farmer, author, agri-businessman and educator dedicated to biological agriculture.
Recognized around the world for his
commitment to improving farming through building healthy soils, he
has spoken to farmers and agribusiness professionals all across the U.S. and in Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.
is the author of two books, Advancing Biological Farming: Practicing Mineralized Balanced Agriculture to Improve Soils & Crops, written with his daughter Leilani Zimmer-Durand and published in 2010, and The Biological Farmer, A Complete Guide to the Sustainable & Profitable Biological System of Farming, published in 2000.
Raised on a Wisconsin dairy farm, Gary studied dairy nutrition, earning a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin and a master's degree from the University of Hawaii, combined with years of hands-on farming experience.
Teaching agriculture in southern Minnesota, he
continued learning, studying and reading, always asking questions and looking at ways of farming with an open mind.
questions about the soil and how it relates to healthy and productive plants lead him to read The Albrecht Papers.
Gary then trained and worked as a Brookside Consultant for two years in southeastern Minnesota.
For over 35 years, Gary
has been evaluating farming practices as a consultant, on his
family's farm, and as president of Midwestern Bio-Ag
, a biological farming consulting company located in Blue Mounds, WI.
operates the Bio-Ag Learning Center
, where biological farming practices and agricultural products are field tested, and where the annual Field Day draws 800 -1,000 agricultural professionals from across the country.
Gary is also a partner in Black Earth Meats, a small abattoir supplying quality grass fed, organic and other specialty meats, and in a local mill processing locally grown grains.
The Zimmer family's organic farming operation near Spring Green, WI utilizes the ideas Gary
has gleaned over a lifetime spent studying agriculture.
Otter Creek Organic Farm is a 200-cow organic dairy also producing pasture raised and/or organic beef cattle, vegetables, and farm crops on over 1,000 acres.
The farm operates on the principles of Mineralized Balanced Agriculture: "do everything you can to get the soils healthy and mineralized; do everything you can to get the livestock healthy and comfortable."
The family was honored in 2008 as the MOSES
Organic Farmer of The Year.
Heavily in demand as a speaker, Gary Zimmer
appears at dozens of agribusiness, organic and farmer meetings every year.
has spoken numerous times at the Acres USA conference and the MOSES Organic Farming Conference, as well as appearing at the Innovative Farmers of Ohio Conference; Heart of Maine Resource Conservation & Development; Vermont Grass Farmer's Association Grazing Conference; Wisconsin Grazing Conference; Michigan Governor's
Conference on Organic Ag; Missouri Organic Conference; and California's EcoFarm Conference.
Gary has participated in farmer education programs in Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, New Zealand and South Africa, and consulted on farms in those countries as well as Greece, China and Ethiopia.
Gary's focus remains on the soil as the source of productivity on the farm.
believes that healthy soils produce healthy plants for healthy livestock and healthy humans.
joined them later that year.
Then, as Gary Zimmer
says, that's our way of making the farm sustainable."