Relax after RAGBRAI with Practical Farmers of Iowa – July 25, in Independence

For Release: July 10, 2014

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa — RAGBRAI racers, ride watchers and anyone who’s curious to learn more about sustainable agriculture are all invited to join Practical Farmers of Iowa for fresh food, refreshments, networking and relaxation by the riverside on Friday, July 25, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Independence, at the end of the Day Six race route.

The Practical Farmers of Iowa tent will be located in the City of Independence’s new Riverwalk Parks, at the corner of 5th Street and 1st Avenue NE – just a couple of miles from the race end point for the day. Come relax at the end of a day’s ride, meet fellow cyclists, enjoy beverages and a healthy snack of locally sourced fruits and vegetables supplied by PFI farmers, and learn about agriculture, farming, local food production and land stewardship in Iowa. The event – “RAGBRAI with PFI in Independence” – is free for anyone to attend. This year, watch for riders wearing special Practical Farmers of Iowa “Don’t Farm Naked” bike shirts produced especially for this year’s ride.

“I am so looking forward to the PFI tent since I know there will be excellent choices of fresh, homegrown food along with many like-thinking and yet different folks to visit with,” says Mark Peterson, a Practical Farmers board member and farmer from southwestern Iowa who is also an avid cyclist and regular RAGBRAI rider.

Mark has been wearing his “Don’t Farm Naked” cycling shirt on practice rides and says the jerseys, with their playful message encouraging farmers to plant cover crops, have been excellent conversation-starters. “It has been so much fun wearing these new jerseys on bike rides as we encounter various farmers and non-farmers alike who have questions and positive comments about the jerseys, and also the very important message we are promoting with them.”

Directions for cyclists: From the intersection of County Road D16, turn south on Iowa Route 150 (also called 5th Ave. NE) and go 1.8 miles to 5th Street NE. Turn right and go three-tenths of a mile; you should see the PFI tent.

Directions from U.S. 20: Take Exit 254 for IA-150 N toward Independence / Vinton. Turn north onto Iowa Route 150 N / 3rd Avenue SE / Jamestown Avenue and go 1.6 miles. Turn left onto 5th Street NE and go three-tenths of a mile; you should see the PFI tent.

For more information, contact Erica Andorf at (515) 232-5661, or [email protected]

The Independence Riverwalk Parks is a community participation project funded and constructed locally, which connects Brimmer Park, Teacher’s Park and Bathing Beach Park. The park area includes: a concrete trail along the Wapsipinicon River, river access, a boat dock, memorial benches, beautiful river scenery, nostalgic lighting, picnic shelters, a community band shell, a playground, open green spaces, sand volleyball courts, horseshoe courts and a basketball court. It is also the host site for several city-wide celebrations and events.

Practical Farmers of Iowa’s 2014 field day season features 35 field days around Iowa. All field days are open to the public, and most are free to attend. The guide is available on Practical Farmers’ website, or contact the PFI office at (515) 232-5661 to request a printed copy.

Practical Farmers’ 2014 field days are supported by several sustaining and major sponsors, including: Albert Lea Seed; BlueStem Organic Feed Mill; Calcium Products; Center for Rural Affairs; Featherman Equipment Company; Gateway Market and Café; Grain Millers, Inc.; Grassland Oregon; Iowa Beef Center; Iowa Farm Service Agency (USDA); Iowa Farmers Union; Iowa State University Department of Agronomy; Iowa State University Extension and Outreach; Iowa Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE); Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (ICASH); ISU Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture; Klinkenborg Aerial Spraying and Seeding, Inc.; La Cross Seed – Soil First; Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture; Midwest Insurance Corporation; MOSA Organic Certification; Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES); National Wildlife Federation; Organic Valley – Organic Prairie – CROPP Cooperative; The Nature Conservancy in Iowa; Wallace Chair for Sustainable Agriculture; and Welter Seed and Honey Company.

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Founded in 1985, Practical Farmers of Iowa is an open, supportive and diverse organization of farmers and friends of farmers, advancing profitable, ecologically sound and community-enhancing approaches to agriculture through farmer-to-farmer networking, farmer-led investigation and information sharing. Farmers in our network produce corn, soybeans, beef cattle, hay, fruits and vegetables, and more. For additional information, call (515) 232-5661 or visit www.practicalfarmers.org.

Contact:

Tamsyn Jones | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | [email protected]