Member Priority: Local Foods

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Buying local foods in Iowa – and supporting local farmers – is easier than everFor Release: May 18, 2017 Alice Topaloff, of Decorah, on the right Emily Zimmerman, of Ames Contacts: Liz Kolbe | Horticulture Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | [email protected] Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical [...]

May 18, 2017 


Practical Farmers’ 2017 main field day season is almost upon us! Our first event will take place on Sunday, May 21, at Blue Gate Farm, operated by Jill Beebout and Sean Skeehan. Over the coming weeks, to help highlight some of the many farmer-led learning opportunities this growing season — and the farmers hosting them […]

May 11, 2017 


Cathy and Dennis grow chemical-free trees and wheat on their 17-acre farm near Hampton. Their tree farm – Carlson Tree Farm – specializes in Christmas trees and related products, such as fresh wreaths. The couple started Carlson Tree in the 1980s to generate extra family income. Dennis, who worked as a forester for Franklin County […]

April 20, 2017 


In 2015, Practical Farmers and Prairie Sky Farm hosted a workshop to build a Four Seasons Tools high tunnel. Two years later, Chris Deal, who attended the Prairie Sky high tunnel build workshop, was ready put up his own, and it was the right moment for a 2017 PFI build workshop! Much of the work […]



At Iowana Farm, located on her grandfather’s farmland snuggled in the Loess Hills, Terry raises 3 acres of certified organic heirloom vegetables for a CSA; the Village Pointe and Rockbrook Village farmers markets in Omaha; several restaurants; and wholesale. Terry and her late husband, Chuck, moved back to Iowa from California in 2007 and started […]

March 22, 2017 


Brad Law is one of Practical Farmers’ out-of-state members. He farms with his wife, Megan, and their three boys (Gentry, 6; Porter, 3; and Sawyer, born Jan. 7, 2017) at Law Farms LLC, their 300-acre farm near King City, Missouri, in the northwestern part of the state. The family grows corn, soybeans, winter wheat and […]

March 16, 2017 


As fruit and vegetable farmers across the state embark on another growing season, they’ll again review their action plan for experiencing pesticide drift. Fruit and vegetable  farmers in our membership, along with livestock graziers and other specialty crop farmers have made it clear to us that pesticide drift is a serious financial and health risk […]

February 21, 2017 


Thank you to everyone who came to our 2017 annual conference! It’s always wonderful to see so many familiar and new faces each year. With so many members coming from all across Iowa (and beyond!), it’s also a perfect opportunity to capture more photos of the many faces that make up Practical Farmers of Iowa. […]

February 2, 2017 


Effective Mentor RelationshipsFebruary 1, 2017 View Farminar Pre-recorded Through our work with beginning farmers at Practical Farmers of Iowa, we’ve learned how beneficial having a mentor can be for those getting started. Learning from someone else’s triumphs and failures can save new farmers many seasons of trial and error, giving them a greater chance for [...]

February 1, 2017 


Angela and John Tedesco donate their Granger farmland to Practical Farmers of Iowa; gift marks first in PFI’s historyFor Release: January 20, 2017 Download PDF (86 kB) Contact: Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | [email protected] AMES, Iowa — A portion of urban Granger will now [...]

January 20, 2017