Enjoy healthy snacks during RAGBRAI with Practical Farmers of Iowa – July 19, Storm Lake

For Release: July 10, 2015

STORM LAKE, Iowa — Practical Farmers of Iowa welcomes cyclists and the public to enjoy fresh, local food, conversation and camaraderie during the opening day of this year’s great ride across Iowa. RAGBRAI racers, ride watchers and anyone who’s curious to learn more about sustainable agriculture are all invited to stop by the Practical Farmers tent on Sunday, July 19, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Storm Lake.

The tent will be set up along Marv and Kit Munden’s driveway, located at 6216 state Route 110, along the final leg of the Day One race route. Come relax at the end of a day’s ride; meet fellow cyclists; enjoy beverages and healthy snacks; and discuss agriculture, farming, local food production and land stewardship in Iowa.

The event – “RAGBRAI with PFI in Storm Lake” – is free for anyone to attend. Watch for riders wearing special Practical Farmers of Iowa “Don’t Farm Naked” bike shirts during the ride. For event questions, contact Erica Andorf at [email protected] or (515) 232-5661.

Directions for cyclists: The Mundens’ property will be on the right about one-half mile after turning off County Road 65 onto Route 110.

From U.S. 20 E: Turn left on state Route 31 North. Continue to 61st Street and turn right on Route 110 South / 85th Avenue.

From U.S. 20 W: Turn right on Gard Avenue / 90th Avenue. Turn left on 630th Street, then right on Route 110 / 85th Avenue.

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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Practical Farmers of Iowa strengthens farms and communities through farmer-led investigation and information-sharing. Our values include: welcoming everyone; creativity, collaboration and community; viable farms now and for future generations; and stewardship and ecology. Founded in 1985, farmers in our network raise corn, soybeans, livestock, hay, fruits and vegetables, and more. To learn more, visit http://practicalfarmers.org.

Contact:

Erica Andorf | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | [email protected]

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