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After completing two years of cucumber enterprise budgets, Ann Franzenburg and Emma Johnson looked at their farms and decided: “Let’s do cherry tomatoes.” For this enterprise budget, both farmers did a careful accounting of the revenue, costs, and labor for their 2017 cherry tomato crops. The analysis of their data, and their comments on varieties, […]

December 6, 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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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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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 […]

September 7, 2017 

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Field day will explore regenerative grazing, grass-fed beef – Sept. 16, near BellevueFor Release: September 1, 2017Contacts: Jamie Hostetler | Rolling Meadows Farm | (815) 718-1100 | jamie@emypeople.net Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | tamsyn@practicalfarmers.org BELLEVUE, Iowa – Jamie Hostetler has a passion for grass-fed [...]

September 1, 2017 

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Is it possible to “accidentally” start a business? If you ask Jan Libbey, co-founder of North Iowa Fresh, the answer is “yes”. Jan is the first person to admit that she wears several hats. In fact, it was while she was wearing her Healthy Harvest of North Iowa hat that the conversation began about looking […]

August 29, 2017 

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Field day will explore organic crop and hog production, water quality practices – Sept. 9, near HarlanFor Release: August 25, 2017Contacts: Ron and Maria Rosmann | Rosmann Family Farms and Farm Sweet Farm | (712) 627-4653 | farmsweetfarmiowa@gmail.com | facebook.com/rosmannfamilyfarms Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 [...]

August 25, 2017 

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Field day will explore oat, hay and feed production, marketing – Sept. 7, DunkertonFor Release: August 23, 2017Contacts: Earl Canfield | Canfield Family Farm | (319) 269-0739 | canfieldfamilyfarm@dunkerton.net | canfieldfamilyfarm.com Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | tamsyn@practicalfarmers.org DUNKERTON, Iowa – Most farmers would agree [...]

August 23, 2017 

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Let’s start with the last thing first – everyone who attended the field day got to make and take home a mushroom production block. Field day host Tyson Allchin is so energized to get others growing mushrooms that he donated all the blocks, not blinking when 70+ people showed up. Mushroom production – especially indoor […]

August 17, 2017 

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If you haven’t gotten your Summer 2017 issue of the Practical Farmer, our quarterly newsletter, it should be arriving in the mail soon. In it, you’ll find a couple articles about food. One is authored by former PFI staffer and chef Tomoko Ogawa (it’s a fascinating update on her culinary adventures in Japan and Spain […]

August 9, 2017 

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