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“I don’t think I can farm next year unless it’s on my own land, and unless I have someone to farm with me.” After spending two years fighting weeds and a crop-eliminating flood on rented ground, this was the ultimatum Hannah Breckbill offered herself in the fall of 2016. Luckily she found both. In 2017 […]

July 10, 2018 


The Farm-to-School Program at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, in partnership with USDA-AMS, routinely publishes data from farm-to-school purchases of fruits, vegetables, dairy and meat in Iowa. The latest report is available here.  The data, gathered from schools, includes products procured from growers and producers in the state of Iowa and within 30 […]

June 20, 2018 


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