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“Give ’em some grass, water, and salt,” says Russ Wischover, “And cash the check at the end of the year. That’s my kind of livestock!” Russ, who farms in in Bedford, just north of the Missouri border, has converted his farm into pastureland over the last six years. He’s a proponent of using very little […]

September 18, 2017 

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Field day will explore dried flower production at Howell’s Greenhouse and Floral – Sept. 23, near CummingFor Release: September 7, 2017 Download PDF (103 kB) Cindy and Fred Howell and grandchildren Dried flowers at Howell’s Greenhouse and Floral Fresh and dried flowers Flowers growing in the field Contacts: Fred Howell | Fred’s Greenhouse and Floral [...]

September 7, 2017 

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In mid-August, 60 people visited Lost Lake Farm to learn about one of Iowa’s newest dairies. Kevin and Ranae Dietzel built a milking parlor and cheesery in 2016 – where 21 cows are milked and where that milk is turned into artisan cheese.  “We make cheese to add value to milk on the farm,” said […]

 

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Award ceremony will honor 2017 Farmland Owner Legacy Award recipients – Aug. 24, Des MoinesFor Release: August 4, 2017 Download PDF (103 kB) Contacts: Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | [email protected] DES MOINES, Iowa — Practical Farmers of Iowa will host an awards ceremony and [...]

August 4, 2017 

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This week, On-Farm traveled to Lost Lake Farm, the farm of Kevin and Ranae Dietzel, to talk to Kevin while he made mozzarella cheese and cheese curds. Lost Lake Farm is a small, grass-fed cow dairy that produces artisanal cheese in an on-farm cheesery. The Dietzels operate the farm with low capital and a small […]

August 2, 2017 

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Throughout Practical Farmers’ 2017 field day season, we are spotlighting many of the PFI farmers who are graciously giving their time to share their knowledge at these events, as well as members who make the journey to attend them. Watch practicalfarmers.org and “Practical News,” our weekly email newsletter, for details and updates! Wendy Johnson and […]

July 27, 2017 

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Lost Lake Farm field day will explore grass-based dairying, on-farm cheese production – Aug. 14, JewellFor Release: July 27, 2017 Download PDF (118 kB) Contacts: Kevin and Ranae Dietzel | Lost Lake Farm | (515) 291-2058 | [email protected] | www.lostlakefarmllc.com Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 [...]

 

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Mushroom production field day at Allchin Acres – Aug. 8, Columbus JunctionFor Release: July 21, 2017 Download PDF (105 kB) Tyson Allchin of Allchin Acres (photo courtesy of Muscatine Area Farmers Market) Oyster mushrooms from Allchin Acres (photo courtesy of Muscatine Area Farmers Market) Contacts: Tyson Allchin | Allchin Acres | (563) 299-0312 | [email protected] [...]

July 21, 2017 

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How far would you travel to socialize with other beginning farmers? On a sultry July Saturday evening 37 beginning farmers gathered at a summer social hosted by Jack Davis in Adel, Iowa. Practical Farmers staff member Steve Carlson thought he had the longest distance to attend, because this was a stop on his return from […]

July 20, 2017 

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The Millet Seed Farm is located in Iowa City, on six plots that total about 1/5 of an acre. Jon runs a 30-week, 20-member CSA, most of whom live in the neighborhood. “The mission of Millet Seed Farm is to grow healthy food for ourselves and our local community using sustainable farming practices, and to provide […]

July 18, 2017 

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