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Dr. Joel Gruver and the Allison Organic Research Farm hosted a group of PFI members on Wednesday, August 15. The farm began in 1989 when Western Illinois University was looking to do research on pesticide-free farming practices. Today, the farm is 77 rented acres and has been certified organic since 2009. Recently, the area has […]

September 11, 2018 


Another successful field day season is behind us. Many staff will tell you that field day season is the most exhausting and fulfilling part of the year!  With good reason. Practical Farmers of Iowa coordinated 26 field days in 2017. Our field days brought together 1,418 attendees and covered a diverse range of topics from organic crop […]

December 4, 2017 


On a sweltering afternoon in mid-July, Marty and Mary Schnicker invited PFI and the public to their farm for a tour of their “giant” produce they grow for competition, and the regular produce they grow for farmers market. Attendees braved the heat in the high tunnel to see the impressive pumpkin plants, and were repeatedly […]

July 26, 2017 


“The definition of experience,” says Dean Henry, “What you get when you’re really looking for something different. We’ve had a lot of those things happen. But, we persist.” Dean and Judy Henry have been growing fruit near Nevada for over 50 years. They have 40 acres in horticultural crops, mostly orchard fruit and brambles, and […]

July 13, 2017 


Workshop and field day at Finch Livestock will focus on FAMACHA, parasite management in goats – June 27, State CenterFor Release: May 25, 2017 Download PDF (116 KB) STATE CENTER, Iowa — Controlling internal parasites in goats is arguably the biggest economic factor in goat production, according to Deb Finch, of Finch Livestock. But treating [...]

May 25, 2017 


On Thursday April 6, fifty-one attendees gathered in the Leighton Town Hall for a cover crop field day hosted by Ward Van Dyke. After tucking into a delicious lunch organized by Sandi Van Dyke, we dove into the management and benefits of cover crops. We stayed indoors and had several presentations inside to kick off […]

April 19, 2017 


It’s that time of year when PFI staff analyze, scrutinize, and summarize another successful field day season. We have much to be proud of, and much more work to be done! PFI hosted 25 field days in 2016. Thank you for attending. Leaders: First of all, none of these field days would be possible without […]

February 13, 2017 


Susan Jutz bought her farm, ZJ Farm, in the hills outside Solon on April Fools Day, 1994. She wanted to grow food for people, despite the skepticism of her neighbors. For the next 20 years, she proved them wrong, building a strong farm and community of workers, volunteers and CSA members who called Local Harvest CSA […]

August 2, 2016 


Field day at Tesdell Century Farm will explore role of landowners in on-farm conservation – July 13, near SlaterFor Release: June 29, 2016 Download PDF (81 KB) SLATER, Iowa — When farmland owner Lee Tesdell started working with his tenant-farmers, neighbors Michael and Charles Helland, he felt the relationship was a natural fit: Not only [...]

June 29, 2016 


Laura Krouse has been farming at Abbe Hills Farm since 1988, and for the last 20 years has run a CSA with twice-weekly pickup at her farm for 200 families. Her field day was a tour through her fall crop fields, where she grows a variety of kale, arugula, bok choy, lettuce, cabbage, beans, squash, […]

November 13, 2015