Learn about starting a vegetable farm at One Farm field day – July 15, Logan

For Release: July 1, 2015

LOGAN, Iowa — Beginning farmers are as diverse in age, background and goals as the farms they start. For Danelle Myer, the calling to farm came after a 20-year career in marketing and public relations in Omaha.

Out of a strong desire to produce local, healthy food, Danelle began the transition to One Farm – the diversified vegetable and herb farm she operates near Logan – in 2010. She started by renting land from her parents. Five years on, she is settling into the first year at a new growing site – her own farm.

Learn about Danelle’s experiences with this transition, the steps she took to start a diversified vegetable business and lessons she’s learned at a Practical Farmers of Iowa field day she is hosting on Wednesday, July 15, from 3-6 p.m. The event – “A Vegetable Farm Start-Up: The First Five Years” – is free to attend, and will feature a dinner catered by The Depot after the program. One Farm is located at 2771 Quentin Trail, about 4.5 miles southeast of Logan.

Due to space limits, RSVPs are required. The event can accommodate a maximum of 40 attendees. Guests are asked to bring their own lawn chairs, if possible. Please RSVP to Lauren Zastrow at (515) 232-5661 or [email protected] by Friday, July 10. The field day is sponsored by Iowa Farmers Union, Johnny’s Selected Seeds and Paradigm Gardens.

Guests will enjoy a tour of One Farm and learn how Danelle created a business plan, established marketing outlets, availed herself of mentors and how her first season at the new growing site is going. Other topics will include a discussion of diversified marketing, as well as career and family land transition. Danelle will also share details about the biggest opportunities captured during the 2015 growing season.

“We will have just wrapped up three consecutive weeks of harvesting Napa cabbages for an aggregated CSA in Omaha, and we’ll be rolling into huge, weekly heirloom tomato harvests for a store in Des Moines,” Danelle says. “These are the biggest opportunities for profitability in 2015 and beyond. Our growing pains will lead to more opportunities.”

Other speakers will include Natalia Bjorkland, horticulture educator with Nebraska Extension Service; friends, family, volunteers and One Farm crew members will also be present.

One Farm uses agroecology and authentic farming practices to cultivate and directly sell chemical-free vegetables and herbs that nourish, inspire and unite neighbors within a 50-mile radius of Logan.

Directions from Omaha / Sioux City: From I-29, exit at Missouri Valley (U.S. 30). Follow U.S. 30 east toward Logan. About 2.5 miles outside Missouri Valley, turn right (east) onto County Road F58 toward Persia. Go through Overton Avenue (Co Rd L34) to Quentin Trail (a gravel road; look for a little, white church on the left) and turn left. The farm is about 2 miles on the left as you approach the top of a hill.

From Des Moines: From I-80, take I-680 toward North Omaha. Take the Logan / Beebeetown exit and turn left (north) onto Co Rd L34 (Overton Avenue). Follow through Beebeetown and continue north. Turn right (east) onto Co Rd F58 and follow to Quentin Trail (a gravel road; look for the little white church on the left) and turn left. The farm is about 2 miles on the left as you approach the top of a hill.

Practical Farmers of Iowa’s 2015 field day season features 40 field days around Iowa. All field days are open to the public, and most are free to attend. The guide is available online at practicalfarmers.org, or contact the PFI office at (515) 232-5661 to request a printed copy.

Practical Farmers’ 2015 field days are supported by several sustaining and major sponsors, including: Albert Lea Seed; Applegate Natural & Organic Meats; BlueStem Organic Feed Mill; Center for Rural Affairs; Featherman Equipment Company; Grain Millers, Inc.; Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance; Iowa Beef Center; Iowa Farm Service Agency (USDA); Iowa Farmers Union in partnership with Town and Country Insurance and Hastings Mutual Insurance; 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 (I-CASH); ISU Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture; Klinkenborg Aerial Spraying and Seeding, Inc.; La Crosse Seed; Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture; Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES); MOSA Organic Certification; National Wildlife Federation; Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS); Organic Valley – Organic Prairie – CROPP Cooperative; The Nature Conservancy in Iowa; Pro-Soil Ag Solutions; 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 that seeks to strengthen farms and communities through 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 http://practicalfarmers.org.

Contact:

Danelle Myer | One Farm | (402) 612-7816 | [email protected] | www.one-farm.com

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