Tours from the 2017 Exchange

Stay tuned for the 2018 tours to be announced.


Pre-registration is required for all tours. The buses will depart at 7:30 am and return around 5:30 pm. It is $80 per person to ride the provided bus ride and lunch. Short presentations will occur during the bus ride. See the list of tour locations below:

Dharma Lea

Paul and Phyllis Van Amburgh

Paul and Phyllis Van Amburgh co-manage Dharma Lea grass-fed dairy and beef farm in Sharon Springs, NY. Pioneers in grass-fed dairy, the Van Amburghs began raising grass-fed dairy cows in 2003.  They have built a 100% grass-fed production model that creates wealth for farmers and a high plain of nutrition for grass-fed food and exceeds any current standards for animal welfare.


Dharma Lea, was the first farm to ship 100% grass-fed milk to Maple Hill Creamery once Tim and Laura Joseph’s farm could no longer keep up with demand for their yogurt. Paul acts as Chief Grazing Officer for Maple Hill Creamery, and handles new milk procurement and all questions regarding the production model.  Phyllis provides consultation for the Creamery’s farmers on production, profitability, grazing, animal health issues, and Managing Holistically.

Phyllis and Paul’s experience and education bring out their forte of health-centered management for the cows and pastures.

Their quest to bring success to as many fellow farmers they can has brought them to partner with the Savory Institute. Dharma Lea, LLC is one of the Institute’s worldwide Hubs, with their dairy farm as the Hub Learning site.

Phyllis and Paul have written dozens of articles on grass-fed production and grazing for periodicals and online sources. 

And most importantly, they are extremely proud of their five home-schooled children who all play a very active role in dharma Lea.  Grace (16) helps with farm management, record keeping, milking and calf rearing, and manages her own flock of 200 organic laying hens.  Vincent (14) does a good share of the equipment maintenance and repair, grazing, milking, and barn feeding/chores, Maggy (10) and Oliver (8) help any chance they get with all of it, and Ruby (6) loves the cows. The Van Amburghs have created a place where the excitement and learning about good food, nutrition, stewardship and restorative agriculture are what they do every day, together.

Maple Hill Creamery featuring Paul and Phyllis Van Amburgh Dharma Lea:

Black Queen Angus Farm

Black Queen Angus Farm

Morgan Hartman is Managing Partner and Founder of Black Queen Angus Farm, LLC and an Associate Partner with Sustainable Genetics, LLC.

Black Queen Angus Farm is a small-scale Registered Angus breeding stock herd developed and maintained in a 100% grass-fed, least cost production paradigm. The primary business of BQAF, LLC is the rearing and development of high quality Aberdeen Angus bulls for sale into the commercial sector of the beef industry that will sire highly efficient and profitable offspring under commercial conditions. 

Sustainable Genetics, LLC is a small-scale resource for cattle breeders seeking beef or dairy genetics in the form of frozen semen for artificial insemination, frozen embryos, and live cattle. The company was founded to counter the prevailing livestock and dairy industries' movement to unprofitable cattle through single-trait selection for maximum individual production. The result for producers has been a growing business able to help them develop breeding programs and management strategies to maximize profit throughout the cattle cycle, not just during the boom years. 

Morgan came to cattle breeding, forage farming, and Holistic Management with a Bachelor of Science Degree from Cornell University (Plant Science: landscape architecture, horticulture, natural resource management concentrations). Following his time at Cornell ('00), he started and ran a successful landscape design/build business working primarily on residential properties in southern Berkshire County, MA. He left that business to focus on Black Queen Angus Farm after 12 years. 

Hartman served 5 years in the US Army, primarily with the 75th Ranger Regiment (Airborne) as a military paralegal. This was a complex assignment requiring training in military law under the UCMJ as well as Light Infantry Special Operations and Airborne training. Morgan achieved the rank of Sergeant and served directly under the Regimental JAG (Judge Advocate General) Officer. Duties were varied but included work within the realms of law regarding international armed conflict and first-strike rules of engagement, drug interdiction outside the US, and internal military justice cases at both the criminal and non-criminal levels. 1989-1994 

Morgan Hartman was recognized in 2014 as the Innovative Producer of the Year by the Grassfed Exchange Conference Board. This award is given to an individual each year who has brought new ideas and methodologies in production and marketing to the Grass-fed sector of the beef industry. Hartman's development of Black Queen Angus Farm, LLC, involvement with Sustainable Genetics, LLC and dedication to helping other farmers through development of numerous education programs related to grass-fed beef production and forage management led to this award.



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