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Wild Woods Farm field day will highlight unique land access options for farmers – July 7, in Iowa CityFor Release: June 20, 2018 Kate Edwards, of Wild Woods Farm The packing shed Kate Edwards built, and owns, on farmland she is currently leasing. Contacts: Kate Edwards | Wild Woods Farm | (319) 333-2980 | kate.wildwoodsfarm@gmail.com [...]

June 20, 2018 

NEWS RELEASE

Practical Farmers’ 2018 field day guide is now available in print; features 40 farmer-led events across Iowa and MidwestFor Release: June 13, 2018 Contacts: Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | tamsyn@practicalfarmers.org AMES, Iowa — Practical Farmers of Iowa’s 2018 field day guide is now available [...]

June 13, 2018 

NEWS RELEASE

The last day of May was hot and sunny for Grade A Garden’s first PFI field day, but a delicious lunch in the shade and the openness of the hosts kept the 50 attendees energized and engaged throughout the day. Jordan Clasen and Whitney Brewer discussed vegetable crop production, use of the layers as fertility […]

June 7, 2018 

BLOG POST

Field day will explore unique vegetable farm business set-up, financials of starting a farm – June 21, near DecorahFor Release: June 6, 2018 Emily Fagan and Hannah Breckbill Contacts: Hannah Breckbill | Humble Hands Harvest | (507) 513-1502 | humblehandsharvest@gmail.com | humblehandsharvest.com Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | [...]

June 6, 2018 

NEWS RELEASE

Field day will explore garlic production and marketing – May 31, in JohnstonFor Release: May 10, 2018 Contacts: Jordan Clasen | Grade A Gardens | (515) 554-4306 | gradeagardens@gmail.com Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | tamsyn@practicalfarmers.org JOHNSTON, Iowa — Jordan Clasen and Whitney Brewer, of [...]

May 10, 2018 

NEWS RELEASE

“What is entrusted to us, we should care for.”  This stewardship ethic seeped into each unit of Shane LaBrake’s 2-day tractor workshops. Being good stewards of the land, our bodies, our workers’ health, and yes, the machines themselves, he argued, builds an environment where fewer resources and time are needlessly wasted. He also reminded workshop […]

April 4, 2018 

BLOG POST

For the tenth consecutive winter season, beginning and aspiring farmers in Practical Farmers’ network assembled for a two-day retreat to network and make progress building their farm businesses. The location and dates vary each year in an effort to attract new farmers from around the state, landing this year at the Wesley Woods Retreat Center […]

March 15, 2018 

BLOG POST

Listening session set for “advanced” beginning farmers in Aurelia on March 13For Release: March 9, 2018Contacts: Greg Padget | Next Generation Director | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | greg@practicalfarmers.org AURELIA, Iowa – Practical Farmers of Iowa is seeking input from beginning farmers who have been farming for at least four years. This [...]

March 9, 2018 

NEWS RELEASE

Beginning livestock farmers Caleb and Jacqueline Shinn have struggled to find affordable insurance coverage for their farm business. The Shinns will share details about their farm and the process they’ve gone through as they evaluate their risk-management options. Rodney Sebastian, with USDA Risk Management Agency, will discuss current insurance programs and risk assessment tools the Shinns could consider.

February 27, 2018 

FARMINAR

Beginning farmers face a whole range of barriers to overcome when starting a successful farm business. Accessing startup capital and land, building a market, finding a balance between farm work and family life, and overcoming production challenges are among the many issues beginners have to navigate. Beginning vegetable farmer Jenny Quiner of Dogpatch Urban Gardens, and beginning livestock farmers Bill and Stacey Borrenpohl will discuss the challenges they’ve faced as well as their strategies for overcoming them.

January 30, 2018 

FARMINAR