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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 


Field day will highlight local foods collaboration, new farm-to-table restaurant – Aug. 13, Clear LakeFor Release: July 27, 2017 Download PDF (105 KB) Jan Libbey and Tim Landgraf Contacts: Jan Libbey | (515) 851-1690 | libland@peconet.net Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | tamsyn@practicalfarmers.org CLEAR LAKE, [...]

July 27, 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 


More local foods producers can be found on PFI’s Local Foods page. It’s that time of year – to sign up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share! Websites like Local Harvest offer a search function that can help you find someone in your area, and the Leopold Center does an annual CSA list… but […]

March 9, 2016 


Registration is now open for the 2016 Practical Farmers CSA Workshop Retreat, February 5 – 6, at the Pilgrim Heights Retreat Center in Montour. Attendees will be divided into an “Experienced” group (at least three years experience managing a CSA) and an “Exploratory” group (those in their first years or new to CSA management).

December 28, 2015 


Ready to explore a new distribution business to help increase efficiency and amount of local food available in nearby communities? Learn from an established local food distributor now entering its seventh year, hear an Iowa beginning farmer’s vision for her food distribution company, and then listen as the two discuss considerations when creating a local food delivery business.

November 12, 2013 


  Several dozen people braved the always cloudy skies to visit the 5th annual Specialized Small-Farm Equipment Showcase held at Kymar Acres in Waukon. Kyle and Mari Holthaus opened their farm to guests looking to kick the tires on specialty production equipment from event co-host Windridge Implements. A diverse mix of flower, herb, and vegetable […]

June 13, 2013 


Morgan Hoenig is a beginning vegetable farmer from Mount Pleasant in PFI’s Savings Incentive Program. She wrote this summary of Annie’s Project to share with the Practical Farmers of Iowa network. Annie’s Project is a 6 week class focused on empowering farm women.  It is organized by women, most of the presenters are women, and […]

March 26, 2013 


According to a recent article by Derek Singleton, ERP Analyst, the typical food item travels roughly 5,000 miles before it reaches our plates. He looks at why an increased demand for locally-grown organic foods, a renewed interest in urban living and high gas prices may soon force U.S. food distributors to adopt a more local, […]

February 22, 2012 


Annual conference of the Iowa Environmental Council to feature keynote by Frances Moore Lappé Practical Farmers of Iowa members and friends know how supporting local and responsibly produced foods brings diversity to our landscape, new tastes at our tables and richness to our lives. Across Iowa, more and more people are joining the movement to […]

October 21, 2011