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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 


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 


The 9th annual Beginning Farmer Retreat took place on February 10th and 11th at Ewalu Retreat Center in Strawberry Point. Seventeen aspiring and beginning farmers came together to build their peer network and strengthen the financial position of their newborn operations. These farmers run a variety of operations, everything from sweet corn and vegetables to […]

March 1, 2017 


Perhaps a whopping 85 people showed up to this field day because beginning vegetable growers are eager to learn what issues need to be considered when spatially setting up a vegetable farm. Perhaps the large turnout was due to PFI having more members in Story County than any of Iowa’s other 98 counties. Maybe Julia […]

August 18, 2016 


This unique field day gave attendees an opportunity to visit the farm of a beginning farmer in her 3rd year, then head down the road to visit the farm of her mentor who’s in her 40th year. Seeing the two farms side by side and learning about the relationship between the two farmers was an […]

August 10, 2016 


  One hundred thirty people joined together July 16 at Danamere Farms in Carlisle to celebrate Rob and Susan Fleming’s hard work that earned them Practical Farmers’ 2016 Farmland Owner Award. The goals of this award are two-fold: To recognize those PFI farmland owner members who work to sustain farm businesses, long-term soil productivity, environmental quality […]

August 1, 2016 


Leading up to this June 23rd field day in Southern Iowa, a forecast of rain turned into a concern about the heat, but it ended up being a beautiful day for learning about flower production. Thirty-five people travelled down to Lamoni, situated just off I-35 on the Missouri-Iowa border. We gathered at Chad and Katie […]

July 5, 2016 


This past weekend a dedicated group of beginning farmers gathered at Practical Farmers’ 8th annual next generation retreat to focus on strengthening their young farms and building relationships at the Des Moines Y Camp in Boone, Iowa. Beginning and aspiring farmer attendees represented farms of varying shapes, sizes and enterprises, as well as a wide […]

February 25, 2016 


Are you an aspiring farmer looking to get the necessary experience to start your own farm operation? Are you struggling to decide between gaining this experience and earning an income to support your current and future needs? PFI’s Labor4Learning program is designed for you: fourteen experienced PFI farmers from around the state have committed to hire […]

February 12, 2016 


On a beautiful late-summer morning in September, about 45 people made their way to Wendy Johnson’s farm near Charles City, Iowa to hear about her experience returning to the family farm and trying new enterprises and production practices. After leaving the farm to study clothing design and pursue a career on the west coast (with […]

September 17, 2015