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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 

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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

A group of farmers traveled to Ohio in August to spend a day at Dave Brandt’s farm. This blog accompanies the article in the Autumn 2017 Practical Farmer “Members Reflect on Lessons Learned in Ohio.” By Sally Hertz Gran Sally Hertz Gran stands in the pasture at Berry Family Farm in Pleasantville, Ohio. In this […]

November 3, 2017 

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Field day will explore hand tools, implements for small vegetable farms – Nov. 5, in Iowa CityFor Release: October 24, 2017Contacts: Jason Grimm | (319) 622-3264 | jason@ivrcd.org | growjohnsoncounty.org Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | tamsyn@practicalfarmers.org IOWA CITY, Iowa – For vegetable farmers, using [...]

October 24, 2017 

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“Land is like our checking account – we can’t take out more than we put in,” said Jamie Hostetler, to an audience of 165 people at his field day in September. Jamie and his family operate a grass-fed beef farm, raising Red Devon cattle and specializing in seed stock production. The cattle are rotationally grazed […]

October 11, 2017 

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Field day will explore lessons learned on a beginning vegetable farm, draft-horse power – Oct. 21, in HancockFor Release: October 4, 2017Contacts: Jayme Fowler | Wild Furrow Farm | (402) 290-5856 | jayme.fowler@gmail.com Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | tamsyn@practicalfarmers.org HANCOCK, Iowa – For beginning [...]

October 4, 2017 

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