Enjoy healthy snacks during RAGBRAI with Practical Farmers of Iowa – July 25, near Stanton

For Release: July 7, 2016

STANTON, Iowa — Practical Farmers of Iowa welcomes cyclists and the public to enjoy fresh, local food, conversation and camaraderie during Day 2 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 Monday, July 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., near Stanton.

The tent will be set up on Mark Peterson’s farm, located at 2650 O Ave., between the Bethesda to Villisca leg of the day’s ride. Come and meet fellow cyclists; enjoy beverages and healthy snacks; and discuss cover crops, water quality, farming, local food production and land stewardship in Iowa.

The event – “RAGBRAI Fun in Stanton” – is free and open for anyone to attend. A range of healthy snacks will be available, including blueberries from Berry Patch Farm; grape and cherry tomatoes from Salama Greenhouse; fresh vegetables from Lacewing Acres; and popcorn from Tiny But Mighty Popcorn. A photo booth, water and restrooms will also be available. For event questions, contact Erica Andorf at [email protected] or (515) 232-5661.

Directions for cyclists: After turning left onto County Road M63, go about 5.5 miles; the Peterson farm will be on the right. From Stanton: Head east on James Street toward Halland Avenue and go one-tenth of a mile. Turn right at the first cross street onto Halland Avenue and go two-tenths of a mile. Continue onto O Avenue; the farm will be on the left side of the road. Watch for cyclists along the route.

Practical Farmers of Iowa’s 2016 field day season features 25 events around Iowa. All field days feature farmer-led discussions and farm or field tours. Details are in Practical Farmers’ “2016 Field Day Guide,” available at practicalfarmers.org, or for free in print. To request a guide by mail, call the PFI office at (515) 232-5661.

Practical Farmers’ 2016 field days are supported by several sustaining and major sponsors, including: Albert Lea Seed; Applegate Organic & Natural Meats; Center for Rural Affairs; Featherman Equipment; Grain Millers, Inc.; Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance; Iowa Beef Center; Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH); Iowa Cover Crop; Iowa Environmental Council; Iowa State University Department of Agronomy; ISU Extension and Outreach; ISU Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture; Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture; Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES); MOSA Organic Certification; National Wildlife Federation; Natural Resources Defense Council; North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE); Organic Valley – Organic Prairie – CROPP Cooperative; RIMOL Greenhouse Systems; Riverside Feeds, LLC; Soil First; The Yield Lab; Trees Forever; Wallace Chair for Sustainable Agriculture; Welter Seed & Honey Co.; and Willcross Soybeans.

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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.

Contacts:

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

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